Berazachussetts

Berazachussetts

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PULP SCIENCE-FICTION NOVEL | 2007 | 160 pp |

Featuring raw, post-human characters on the verge, Ávalos Blacha unveils with nail-biting humor the uncomfortable realities that are just two steps to the left of our own

Four young girls walk through a forest when they suddenly discover an unconscious, half naked punk-like woman, leaning against a trunk. Unable to react or decide what to do with the body, one of the friends starts taking photos of the body, before deciding to take her to their department. Their lives will be soon radically changing. Trash, who they believe to be the victim of a serial rapist, is actually a zombie. The wandering that begins at this point for the five girls will make them discover the darkest recesses, but also the most swanky spots in Berazachussetts, an unlikely Argentinian city where everything seems possible, including, and above all, the impossible.

Berazachussetts explores the Argentinian suburban complex realities tantalizing characters with a frisky humor, while using a sharp critical eye on social alienness. Fusing zombi characters with thriller twists, he masterfully creates a bold, multi-genre, and perfectly controlled literary universe.

Spanish language original · French translation available

Rights :

World Spanish: Entropía, 2007 | France: Asphalte, 2011 | France Paperback: Folio SF, 2013

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“Berazachussetts fuses grim humor with tenderness; is both old-fashioned and hot-off-press; and combines scathing and festive elements with an exceptional ability”

—Pablo Plotkin, Rolling Stone

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“A narrative performance wih a filmic legacy, exploring the links between power, abuse, misery and show business”

—Jorge Consiglio, ADN Cultura

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“Berazachussetts fuses grim humor with tenderness; is both hot-off-press and old-fashioned; and combines scathing and festive elements with an exceptional ability”

—Pablo Plotkin, Rolling Stone

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“Just as García Márquez distorted the reality of the Caribbean Aracataca to brighten it forever behind the village of Macondo, Leandro Ávalos Blacha distorts in Berazachussetts the sordidness and malaria of the late Buenos Aires suburbs”

—Guido Carelli Lynch, Revista Ñ

 

Indio Rico Award 2007 — Jury comprised of prominent authors César Aira, Daniel Link and Alan Pauls

 

Leandro Ávalos Blacha

QUILMES, ARGENTINA, 1980

Serial killers, punk zombies, evil nuns, teenage TV mediums, unscrupulous businessmen... Ávalos Blacha's (Quilmes, Argentina, 1980) masterfully melts frisky, nail-biting characters with dark humour, a sharp criticial eye on social inequalities, and the best high pulp literature.

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