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The Houseguest

The Houseguest

And Other Stories

Amparo Dávila
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Like those of Kafka, Poe, Leonora Carrington, or Shirley Jackson, Amparo Dávila's stories are terrifying, mesmerizing, and expertly crafted--you'll finish each one gasping for air. With acute psychological insight, Dávila follows her characters to the limits of desire, paranoia, insomnia, and fear. She is a writer obsessed with obsession, who makes nightmares come to life through the everyday: loneliness sinks in easily like a razor-sharp knife, some sort of evil lurks in every shadow, delusion takes the form of strange and very real creatures. After reading The Houseguest--Dávila's debut collection in English--you'll wonder how this secret was kept for so long.


Amparo Dávila was born in Mexico in 1928. She has published numerous collections of short stories and for a time worked as Alfonso Reyes's secretary. In recent years a massive resurgence of interest has acknowledged her as one of Mexico's finest masters of the short story. She was awarded the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize in 1977 and honored with the Medalla Bellas Artes in 2015.



  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publish Date: November 27, 2018
  • Pages: 144
  • Dimensions: 5.1 X 0.4 X 7.8 inches | 0.3 pounds
  • Language: English
  • Type: Paperback
  • EAN/UPC: 9780811228213
  • BISAC Categories: Short Stories (single author)



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