Mouthful of Birds ~ Samanta Schweblin


The crunch of a bird’s wing.

A cloud of butterflies, so beautiful it smothers.

A crimson flash of blood across an artist’s canvas.

Spine-tingling and unexpected, unearthly and strange, the stories of Mouthful of Birds are impossible to forget. Samanta Schweblin’s writing expertly blurs the line between the surreal and the everyday, pulling the reader into a world that is at once nightmarish and beautiful. An exhilarating tour de force guaranteed to leave the pulse racing.

Samanta Schweblin is the author of three story collections that have won numerous awards, including the prestigious Juan Rulfo Story Prize, and been translated into twenty languages. Her debut novel Fever Dream was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017. Originally from Buenos Aires, she lives in Berlin.

Further reading

Read: There’s No Place Like Home, Including Home Itself, LitHub

Review: Mouthful of Birds, Daniel Hahn, The Guardian

Prompt: Think about a journey you took that left a change in you. Start by writing about the journey itself leading up to the moment that changed everything.

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