Rabbit Island: Stories

Longlist, National Book Awards 2021 for Translated Literature

ISBN 9781949641097
Two Lines Press
Elvira Navarro

Elvira Navarro won the Community of Madrid’s Young Writers Award in 2004. She is the author of La The City in Winter and The Happy City, which received the Jaén Literary Award for Fiction and the Tormenta Award for best new author, and was selected as one of the books of the year by Culturas, the arts and culture supplement of the Spanish newspaper Público. More about this author >

Christina MacSweeney

Christina MacSweeney received the Valle Inclán prize for her translation of Valeria Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth, and her translation of Among Strange Victims by Daniel Saldaña París was a finalist for the Best Translated Book Award. (Photo credit: Center for Translation) More about this author >

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These eleven stories combine gritty surrealism with explosive interior meditations, traversing the fickle, often terrifying terrain between madness and freedom. In the title story, a so-called “non-inventor” brings snow-white rabbits to an island inhabited exclusively by birds, with horrific results. In “Myotragus” a privileged man’s understanding of the world is violently disrupted by the sight of a creature long thought extinct. Elsewhere in these stories that map dingy hotel rooms, shape-shifting cities, and graveyards, an unsightly “paw” grows from a writer’s earlobe and a grandmother floats silently in the corner of the room.