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Fever Dream Paperback – 9 May 2017
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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 20 languages. Fever Dream is her first novel. Originally from Buenos Aires, she lives in Berlin.
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Her husband says, "Nina has something to tell you."... Nina says, "I am not Nina... It is an experiment Miss Amanda."
This is one of the scenes Amanda, who is now in a hospital, is feverishly recounting to a boy named David. The entire novel is structured as a dialogue between Amanda and David in sentences that are compact.
The boy wants Amanda to quickly give a blow by blow account of the events that happened since their arrival in the mysterious Argentinian farmland. David says that this is necessary because, “It’s the worms... we have to find the exact moment when the worms come into being . . . It’s very important, it’s very important for us all."
Amanda begins by telling David about her conversation with his mother Carla in their yard during the day. So as Amanda recounts a string of events we are given a peep into David's enigmatic and terrifying past.
Strangely, David frequently interjects when Amanda seems to stray away from what he thinks is important. “None of this is important,” he tells her “We’re wasting time.” These interruptions mainly occur when Amanda dwells more on David's creepy behaviour.
So what is David's past? Why does Carla, his own mother, call him a monster? What is the worms that he is talking about to Amanda? How has Amanda landed in the hospital? And where is Nina now are some of the questions that pushes readers to keep turning those pages. That the novel is just 150-pages long makes it more enticing for a reader to finish the book in one sitting.
Fever Dream is an eerie, chilling and spooky novel. You would want to check that the doors and windows are properly locked as you get into the flow of the book.
However, mothers with small kids should be warned before starting this book lest they get obsessed with the concept of 'rescue distance'. The book could also leave one disappointed because there are lot of unanswered questions. The ending itself is highly open ended. Pick this up if you want to play detective. This novel thus makes for a perfect book club read.
What stands out for me is the manner in which 'Fever Dream' makes its readers realise that the uncanny might be hidden at one particular moment but can erupt and disrupt everything that we take for granted- linear time, our relationships, and our own selves- just within a second. The translation by Megan McDowell seems to have been done rather well as the novel's stylistic innovations do not appear contrived, at all, when rendered into English.
Meanwhile, I have a small quibble to pick with 'Fever Dream'. The novel italicises the words spoken by the young boy David. Would it not have been a more worthwhile reading experience if the readers of 'Fever Dream' were made to struggle with figuring out as to who, between Amanda and David, has said what?
That being said, it can be stated with certainty that Samanta Schweblin's 'Fever Dream' is a little but a disturbing, terrifying, and powerful book.
but its a creepy, taut, un-put-downable book for sure!
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