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Nervous System

Lina Meruane

RRP: £14.99

29 April 2021

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786499479

RRP: £8.99

29 April 2021

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786499486

In this clinical biography of an entire clan, a family is tied up with bodily obsession. Whilst meditating on the body’s instability, its persistent illnesses, and the imminence of loss, each member of the family avoids life’s devastations with anxiety and affection, with resentment and violence, guilt, imagination, and with sparks of dark humour. The many misunderstandings that follow, only serve to jump-start the family’s nervous system.

Circling through past and present, organs and members, Lina Meruane’s insightful, meticulous and electric prose skillfully spins physical universes – cosmic and corporeal – threatened by extinction.

‘Meruane is one of the one or two greats in the new generation of Chilean writers who promise to have it all’ Roberto Bolaño

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