Petite Fleur by Iosi Havilio

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As vertiginous, airtight and intense as a dream.
Yuri Herrera

Iosi Havilio

Lorna Scott Fox

Price: £8.99/$13.95 (print); £5/$8 (ebook)

B format paperback


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Published by:
And Other Stories

Publication date:
3 August 2017 (UK) / 5 October 2017 (N America)

When his fireworks factory job ends explosively and his wife returns to work, José is surprised to realise he has a talent for keeping house: childcare, tidying, cleaning, cooking, gardening, he excels at it all. On Thursdays, he hangs out and drinks good wine with his jazz-loving neighbour. But when José’s new talents take a sudden and gruesome turn, life, death, resurrection, and domesticity unexpectedly converge. In one single, hypnotic paragraph, Petite Fleur harnesses the unpredictability of Aira and the mysticism of Tolstoy in a discordant riff on suburban life.

More Information

  • Find out more about Iosi Havilio on our author page
  • This is the third of Havilio’s books published by And Other Stories. Read about the minimal, atmospheric Open Door and the enigmatic Paradises

Advance praise for Petite Fleur

  • ‘As vertiginous, airtight and intense as a dream.’ Yuri Herrera
  • ‘You’ll read Petite Fleur in a single sitting, carried along by the lively rhythm and a wacky plot leavened by a blend of darkness and cruelty. We don’t often come across this kind of novel, a drama played for laughs.’ Le Figaro
  • ‘An absolute masterpiece.’ Marie Claire (France)

Praise for Iosi Havilio

  • ‘Iosi Havilio’s remarkable first novel brings news of an intriguing world’ Martin Schifino, The Independent
  • ‘An ambiguous tale that verges on dark comedy . . . With skill and subtlety, the novel hints that a whole society might labour under an illusion of liberty.’ The Economist
  • ‘A haunting tale set in the aftermath of an apocalypse . . . Iosi Havilio has caused a literary storm in Argentina’ Amanda Hopkinson, The Independent
  • ‘Look out for the much-praised Iosi Havilio.’ Boyd Tonkin, The Independent
  • ‘Deliberately unshowy, so that plot twists can unfold in the quietest ways.’ Fatema Ahmed, Prospect
  • ‘With minimalist beauty and exquisite strangeness, Iosi Havilio offers a mesmerising addition to the literature of solitude.’ Chloe Aridjis
  • ‘Havilio’s passion lies with the powerless. An inexhaustible stream of eccentric, believable characters, the down-and-out, downtrodden marginal citizens of Buenos Aires, parades through his fiction.’ Nick DiMartino, Shelf Awareness
  • ‘This surreal novel is both dense enough and short enough to warrant re-readings and will especially appeal to fans of the TV series Twin Peaks.’ Publishers Weekly

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