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The Scent of Buenos Aires by Hebe Uhart, Maureen Shaughnessy

The Scent Of Buenos Aires

Hebe Uhart, Maureen Shaughnessy

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Category: Fiction
Imprint: Archipelago Books
Publisher: Archipelago Books
Publication date: 15 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781939810342
4 stars out of 5
Emily Rhodes
15 Nov 2019

"These small masterpieces can capture a character’s essence with a revealing thought or gesture"

Frequently, domesticity mingles with philosophy, as in the opening story “Guiding the Ivy”, a small masterpiece in which we join a woman arranging her plants. Her reflections on the difficulty of tidying up segue into “For as long as I can remember I’ve put off using the hatred one needs to survive”. Uhart often captures her characters at a moment of seeking order, while simultaneously having to accept the lack of it. In each story, reality feels a little off-centre; the reader returns from her travels feeling refreshingly unbalanced.

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