Seeing Red

Lina Meruane Megan McDowell

RRP: £7.99

3 May 2018

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786493156

RRP: £12.99

3 August 2017

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786493132

RRP: £5.99

3 August 2017

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786493149

‘A scorching examination of how being utterly dependent on someone – even someone you love – can make you a monster’ Literary Hub, 13 Translated Books by Women You Need to Read

Lucina, a young Chilean writer, has moved to New York to pursue an academic career. While at a party one night, something that her doctors had long warned might happen finally occurs: her eyes haemorrhage. Within minutes, blood floods her vision, reducing her sight to sketched outlines and tones of grey, rendering her all but blind. As she begins to adjust to a very different life, those who love her begin to adjust to a very different woman – one who is angry, raw, funny, sinister, sexual and dizzyingly alive.


Seeing Red is outstanding; complex yet graceful, gnarly yet beautiful. The best book I've read this year.Sara Baume
Author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither

Astonishing... Burns with vigour and urgency
Los Angeles Times

Viscous, repulsive, and beautiful
New Yorker

Stunning... Black and bitter and bloody and beautiful
The Nation

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

A novel of genius and disturbing intelligence
Enrique Vila-Matas

What I really admired in Seeing Red is Meruane's equal commitment to strong, spare prose and the moral messiness of suffering and loss in a place of safety. She refuses to make a neat or easy story, stays true to the uncomfortably arbitrary nature of sickness and sorrow, denies her narrator and therefore her reader the comforts of heroism while insisting on the redemptive possibilities of literary form.Sarah Moss
Author of 'The Tidal Zone'