La piel intrusa

La piel intrusa


Intrusive Skin

Uncanny literary stories disturbing the ordinary life  | 2019 | 152 pp

A universe opening up into brief, flashing moments of strangeness, wonder and turmoil, with characters grappling with the harshness of desire, maternity and existence

In a grass-smelling bedroom, a man lovingly touches the leafy body of her spleepy wife, suddenly blossomed with daisy flowers and pasture —a body that she can't even look at, and which is creating vivid tensions in their family; Fixedly staring a sumptuous butterfly on the wall, a woman calls her ex-husband and tries to convince him in a frenetic conversation to genetically modify their daughter’s body, in order to make her more loving and caring; A mother rashly takes her son to a hotel after being told by the school headmistress that he tried to set on fire his classmates— but she knows this is not her real son.... In her gripping debut collection, Yanina Rosenberg subtly instills fantastic elements within a fragile, distorted reality. Her stories will rattle, push and pull readers to the brink of anxiety, driving them to search for the unknown within their pages. With La piel intrusa [Intrusive Skin], Rosenberg has definitely joined the current prominent wave of bold, female short-story authors from Argentina, deploying a strong, personal voice often compared to Mariana Enríquez or Samanta Schweblin.

The book was awarded second prize by the Fundación El Libro foundation. The jury comprised authors Abelardo Castillo, Daniel Divinsky, Antonio Skármeta, Luisa Valenzuela and Pablo De Santis. They agreed that “two key qualities jump off the page: subtle eroticism, and careful nod towards fantasy and, in some instances, science fiction. Every story is original; they are simultaneously unsettling and seductive.”

Spanish language original

Páginas de Espuma’s Debut Author 2019


World Spanish: Páginas de Espuma, 2019

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“Intense, disturbing, powerful”

— Guillermo Martínez

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“Uncanny stories from a writer of substance whose imagination takes us through unpleasant terrain, rife with everyday evil”

— Luisa Valenzuela

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“Everyone should read Yanina Rosenberg”

— Diego Paszkowski

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Fundación El Libro Second Prize Award

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Yanina Rosenberg

Buenos Aires, 1980

Yanina Rosenberg is the author of La piel intrusa [Invasive Skin], (Páginas de Espuma, 2018), a delicate, uncanny story collection which won second prize at the Concurso Fundación El Libro award. The jury comprised distinguished authors Luisa Valenzuela, Abelardo Castillo, Antonio Skármeta, Pablo De Santis and Daniel Divinsky.

Her bold, poetical stories have extensively been published by international media such as Granta Magazine, Diario Perfil, Revista Ñ/Clarín, winning several literary prizes in Argentina, Perú and Spain.

Her unpublihsed debut novel, Momento Estocolmo [Stockholm Moment], was awarded in 2016 by the Argentinian presitgious Fondo Nacional de las Artes fund.

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