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Tender Is the Flesh

By Agustina Bazterrica & Sarah Moses
Tender Is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica & Sarah Moses digital book - Fable

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Working at the local processing plant, Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans—though no one calls them that anymore.

His wife has left him, his father is sinking into dementia, and Marcos tries not to think too hard about how he makes a living. After all, it happened so quickly. First, it was reported that an infectious virus has made all animal meat poisonous to humans. Then governments initiated the “Transition.” Now, eating human meat—“special meat”—is legal. Marcos tries to stick to numbers, consignments, processing.

Then one day he’s given a gift: a live specimen of the finest quality. Though he’s aware that any form of personal contact is forbidden on pain of death, little by little he starts to treat her like a human being. And soon, he becomes tortured by what has been lost—and what might still be saved.

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5607 Reviews

3.5
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“This book is so hard to review because this is one of the most horrific books I’ve ever read. With each page, it gets exponentially worse; every time you think it couldn’t get any worse, it gets worse. You kind of have empathy and sympathy for the main character right up until the very last page, when you realize he’s as heinous as everyone else. The scariest thing about this is that I can actually see this coming true: this is exactly how the human race would act and react given the situation. Just think how people reacted to the pandemic and it’s easy to extrapolate. The writing is great and immersive. I only gave it 4⭐️ because of how gruesome it is. Feels “funny” to say I enjoyed it!”
Believable charactersOriginal writingTwistyUnpredictableDark settingDarkAbuseAnimal abuseSexual assaultViolence
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“The ending left my mouth agape I felt it coming yet I still was so surprised. This book simultaneously made me want to vomit and continue reading at the same time. I am a horror buff but there were multiple scenes I had to put my book down and take a break, not for the faint of heart for sure.”
Multi-layered charactersEasy to readAddictiveFast-pacedDark settingAbuseAnimal abuseMisogynySexual assaultViolence

About Agustina Bazterrica

Agustina Bazterrica, born in Buenos Aires in 1974, has a degree in arts from the University of Buenos Aires and works as a cultural manager and jury member in various literary contests. She is the author of the short story collection Nineteen Claws and a Black Bird, and the novels Matar al niña and Tender Is the Flesh, the latter of which was awarded the Clarín Novel Prize. Tender Is the Flesh established Bazterrica as a bestselling author worldwide, with translations into thirty languages and half a million copies sold in English alone. Tender Is the Flesh is currently being adapted for television. Her latest novel, The Unworthy, was published in Spanish in 2023 and received the same enthusiastic reception as Tender Is the Flesh, affirming Bazterrica’s status as a prominent author in contemporary literature.

Sarah Moses

Sarah Moses is a Canadian writer and translator from French and Spanish. She has translated work by Latin American authors including Tomás Downey and Ariana Harwicz, whose novel Die, My Love was longlisted for the International Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, the Premio Valle Inclán, and the Best Translated Book Award. The Unworthy is the third of Agustina Bazterrica’s books she has translated into English. Her collection of short fiction, Strange Water, will be published in the fall of 2024.

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