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Ten Thousand Feet

Ariana Harwicz

Translated by Annie McDermott & Carolina Orloff

‘I go up and watch the avenue through the window. Noise and more noise. An avenue of insects, stray bullets and snipers sprawled on the rooftops.’

Ariana Harwicz

Compared to Nathalie Sarraute and Virginia Woolf, Ariana Harwicz (Buenos Aires, 1977) is one of the most radical figures in contemporary Argentinian literature. Her prose is characterised by its violence, eroticism, irony and direct criticism of the clichés surrounding the notions of the family and conventional relationships. Her first novel, published in English in 2017 under Die, My Love, was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize 2018, nominated for the First Book Award at the EIBF 2017 and longlisted for the Booker International Prize. Feebleminded was Harwicz’s second novel (Charco Press, 2019) and a sequel to Die, My Love in what the author herself has called ‘an involuntary trilogy’, which is completed now with TenderTender (as well as Die, My Love and Feebleminded) have had stage adaptations in Argentina and in Spain. Harwicz lives in France.

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Translated by Annie McDermott

Annie McDermott is a British translator whose work includes Mario Levrero’s Empty Words and The Luminous Novel, Feebleminded by Ariana Harwicz (co-translation with Carolina Orloff), Loop by Brenda Lozano, Dead Girls by Selva Almada and The Rooftop by Fernanda Trías. Her translations, reviews and essays have appeared in Granta, the White ReviewWorld Literature TodayAsymptote, the Times Literary Supplement and LitHub, among others.

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Translated by Carolina Orloff

Carolina Orloff is an experienced translator and researcher in Latin American literature. In 2016, after obtaining her PhD and working in the academic sector for several years, she co-founded Charco Press where she acts as publishing director and main editor. She is the co-translator of Jorge Consiglio’s Fate and of Ariana Harwicz’s Die, My Love and Feebleminded.

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