Don’t Take Candy from Strangers

Don’t Take Candy from Strangers


No aceptes caramelos de extraños

Challenging and uncomfortable stories threading the needle between pain and desire

These powerful introspective stories weave a captivating story of dire situations involving parents and children, siblings and couples—scenarios in which morality is a laboratory for the human experience.

A daughter tries to seduce her father following the death of her mother and begs him to beget a new generation; a mother copes with the loss of her son by rekindling her relationship with her ex-husband; from behind their respective computer screens, a couple tries to bring the spark back to their relationship…
With a brash and personal voice that almost bursts out of the page, Jeftanovic rattles and challenges the reader page after page. Her poetic and lyrical prose constantly confronts the brutality of loss, love and desire, and our desperate need for human companionship.


World Spanish: Uqbar, 2011 | Mexico: Seix Barral, 2012 | Spain: Comba, 2014| Cuba: Casa de las Américas, 2015 | Argentina: Portaculturas, 2015 | Denmark: Aurora Boreal, 2018 | Brazil: Mundaréu, 2019 (expected)

2011 | 191 pp

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"A cutting style, stark and cruel, raising uncomfortable questions. Stories hitting like a sledgehammer"

—El Cultural

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"You will suffer a slow stabbing pain, a hurting presence, different grades of affliction…We are warning you ! You will be literally "damaged" by these stories"

—El País

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“One of the most interesting and provocative voices of Chilean literature”

—El Mercurio

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Best Literary Work Award

by the Circle of Art Critics in Chile

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Andrea Jeftanovic


The daughter of a Serbian father and a Bulgarian mother, Andrea Jeftanovic was born in Santiago de Chile the same year Salvador Allende walked in the Palacio de La Moneda. The inheritance of loss, the violence of desire and the inner urge to find a sense of self, count among her chief subjects.

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