Cockfight ~ María Fernanda Ampuero

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Named one of the ten best fiction books of 2018 by the New York Times en Español, Cockfight is the debut work by Ecuadorian writer and journalist María Fernanda Ampuero.

In lucid and compelling prose, Ampuero sheds light on the hidden aspects of the home: the grotesque realities of family, coming of age, religion, and class struggle. A family’s maids witness a horrible cycle of abuse, a girl is auctioned off by a gang of criminals, and two sisters find themselves at the mercy of their spiteful brother. With violence masquerading as love, characters spend their lives trapped reenacting their past traumas.

Heralding a brutal and singular new voice, Cockfight explores the power of the home to both create and destroy those within it.

María Fernanda Ampuero is a writer and a journalist. She was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 1976, and studied literature. She has published articles in newspapers and magazines around the world, Internazionale (Italy), Samuel (Brazil), Piauí (Brazil), Quimera (Spain), Frontera D (Spain), Anfibia (Argentina), Gatopardo (Mexico), Soho (Ecuador/Colombia), Mundo Diners (Ecuador). She has published two non-fiction books and her stories were published in various anthologies. Ampuero is the editor of the short-story section in the cultural supplement of the Spanish newspaper ABC and teaches journalism in the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. In 2012 she was selected as one of the 100 most influential Latin-Americans in Spain, where she resides since 2005.

Further reading

Read: Christ, Lit Hub

Review: Cockfight, Kirkus Reviews

Prompt: You receive a call at midnight. Write down your worst fear when you first hear the phone ringing and your reaction when you realise that the actual reason for the call is rather frivolous. Re-work into a scene.

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