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21 May 2024, 19:00

Samanta Schweblin on Seven Empty Houses

Winner of the National Book Award for Translated Literature and the Ribero del Duero International Short Story Prize

Join us for an evening with Samanta Schweblin, as she discusses her dark, destabilising and award-winning short story collection Seven Empty Houses. In conversation with Adam BilesIn association with Editions Grasset.

Free & open to all. Places limited. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.

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Samanta Schweblin is the author of three story collections and two novels, which 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, and her short-story collection Seven Empty Houses won the National Book Award for Translated Literature 2022. Originally from Buenos Aires, she lives in Berlin.


Cross the threshold of these seven empty houses and enter the dark, destabilising world of Samanta Schweblin. Here, homes are not a place of safety. A person is missing, or a truth, or memory; some rooms are enticing, some unmoored, others empty. And in these tense, visionary tales, something always creeps back in: a ghost, a fight, trespassers, a list of things to do before you die, or the fallibility of parents.

Samanta Schweblin c Alejandra Lopez
“Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds that have lost their balance.”

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