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"Nettel creates marvelous parallels between the sorrows and follies of her human characters and the creatures they live with."—Carmela Ciuraru, The New York Times

"The gaze [Nettel] turns on madnesses both temperate and destructive, on manias, on deviances, is so sharp that it has us seeing straight into our own obsessions."—Xavier Houssain, Le Monde

"Guadalupe Nettel is one of the most interesting voices of the new Mexican fiction."—J.A. Masoliver Ródenas, La Vanguardia

"Seasoned readers will delight in this literary voice, new to the landscape of Latin American literature, a voice sophisticated as it is original."—Arcadia

"Guadalupe Nettel reveals the subliminal beauty within beings of odd behavior and painstakingly examines the intimacies of her soul."—Magazine Littéraire

"It has been a long time since I've found in the literature of my generation a world as personal and untransferable as that of Guadalupe Nettel."—Juan Gabriel Vásquez

"The career of this young storyteller is worth keeping an eye on. A master of style, with a marvelous poetic naturalism, her ideas and manners distinguish her from what we are accustomed to in Mexican literature."—Joaquin Marco, El Cultural

“Guadalupe Nettel’s stories treat us with a gentle irony—skillfully translated by JT Lichtenstein—to the secret correspondences between the surface of nature’s quirky wisdom (from cats to fungi) and the sad, funny, fragile, resilient human condition.  The epigraph from Pliny the Elder cuts to the core of these magnetic pieces, each discrete and yet somehow connecting: ‘All animals know what it is they need, except for man.’”—Suzanne Jill Levine, University of California at Santa Barbara

"Beautifully translated from the Spanish by J. T. Lichtenstein Natural Histories delivers everything you want from a short story collection. Guadalupe Nettel’s storytelling power is majestic. With an unflinching eye, time and time again, she drives readers on an exploratory safari into the heart of human nature. Funny, touching, terrifying, horrific and/or sad-you never know what you’ll find when you tentatively set out in search of potential dangers, but one thing is abundantly clear: safe in her skilled hands, each journey holds the promise of being a life changing event."—Typographical Era

"These stories are an interesting, arresting study of how their lives mirror our own."—Gretchen Wagner, San Francisco Book Review

"One that stood out for me in particular among these very good books is Natural Histories by Guadalupe Nettel, translated by J. T. Lichtenstein. Nettel is a wonderful Mexican writer, and each of the stories in this slim collection, published by Seven Stories, takes a wry philosophical look at the relationship between people and the creatures they live with – whether a pair of pet fish or an infestation of cockroaches."—Jonathan Lee, Electronic Literature

About the Author

The New York Times described GUADALUPE NETTEL’s acclaimed English-language debut, Natural Histories (Seven Stories 2014), as “five flawless stories.” A Bogotá 39 author and Granta “Best Untranslated Writer,” Nettel has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Gilberto Owen National Literature Prize, the Antonin Artaud Prize, the Ribera del Duero Short Fiction Award, and most recently the 2014 Herralde Novel Prize. The Body Where I Was Born is her highly anticipated first novel to appear in English. She lives and works in Mexico City.

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fantastic stories! Jan. 9 2015
By Anon - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderful writer! Really interesting metaphors between animals and human relationships. A must read! Surprising and interesting -- a joy.
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Interesting ideas, off-putting translation March 30 2015
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The wording was so awkward that I found it difficult to pay attention to anything other than that awkwardness. I need to go read something well-written now and regain my English fluency. Yuck.
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Yuck Nov. 13 2014
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I couldn't get past the third story in the book.

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