The Secret Body

The Secret Body


El cuerpo secreto


A spectacular debut with a provocative literary universe

Torres’ surprising literary debut transports us to a hybrid world. Her main characters are wretched children that find themselves amid boxes, egg shells and occasional coffins. How much humanity do these children have left?

The invitation is clear: read, disconnect and return completely changed. A fresh voice in fiction has penned these thirty-four stories that almost blend together as one. They stand just millimeters apart within the reader’s mind–or more accurately, body–where they elicit many permutations of the same emotion. Everything that grows within us has its roots, stem and leaves.

Spanish language original

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World Spanish: Páginas de Espuma, 2015

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“A wise, archetypal innocence spans the entire collection. Each story is told from within that youthful forest that we all have inside, that place of longing, loss and revelation”

—Ángel Zapata

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"Vivid, claustrophobic, playful and marvelous. Like those dreams in which someone enters a house looking for some keys. That’s how it feels to read Mariana Torres’ work: you enter and exit simultaneously through the same door"

— Isabel González

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“A symbolic and incredibly mature treasure of a book. With her debut collection, Mariana Torres rightfully joins the ranks of the world’s most adept story-tellers”

—Ignacio Ferrando

Named by the Hay Festival in Bogotá as one of the 39 best Latin American authors under the age of 39


Mariana Torres


Mariana Torres has lived in roughly thirty homes, across more than ten cities. The daughter of Argentinian parents, Torres lived sporadically in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Angra dos Reis, where she was born, until her family moved to Spain when she was six years old.

Though she began writing at an early age, attending the Taller de Escritura de Madrid creative writing workshop in 2001 jump-started her career. She studied screenwriting at the Escuela de Cine de Madrid film school and then went on to direct the short film Rascacielos [Skyscrapers] (2009).

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