Mariana Enriquez: Our Share Of Night


Tuesday 18th October 2022, 7pm, £8-23

The Crypt beneath St Paul’s Church, Coronation Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1AS (click here for a map)

We are spooked to the core to be welcoming one of our all-time favourite authors to Bristol for a very special event taking place in the crypt beneath St Paul’s Church, Southville.

Mariana Enriquez is notorious for her devilish and uncompromising short stories, but this October will see the publication of her first novel, Our Share Of Night – it’s a 700-page horror epic, ornately written, delightfully constructed and already very firmly one of our books of the year.

Set against the backdrop of Argentina through the ’70s and ’80s, Our Share Of Night tracks the life of Gaspar, a boy with a terrifying family lineage and a deeply complex relationship with his father. The book has scooped up plaudits and awards in its original Spanish edition and there’s a TV adaptation in the works, so don’t miss this chance to see one of Latin America’s most garlanded and best-loved living novelists, in the appropriately creepy surroundings of an actual crypt!

This event will be chaired by Dr. Paul Merchant, Senior Lecturer in Latin American Film and Visual Culture at the University of Bristol.

Tickets include a glass of wine. Pre-order your hardback copy of Our Share Of Night (rrp £18.99) for a special discounted price with your ticket, then collect on the night! Please note that this event will take place in The Crypt beneath St Paul’s Church, not at the shop.

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About Mariana Enriquez

Mariana Enriquez is an award-winning Argentine novelist and journalist whose work has been translated into more than twenty languages. She is the author of the short story collections Things We Lost in the Fire and The Dangers Of Smoking In Bed, which was nominated for the International Booker Prize. Her novel Our Share Of Night, which was awarded the prestigious 2019 Premio Herralde de Novela, will be published by Granta Books in October 2022.

Image credit: Ariel Grinberg

About Our Share Of Night

His father could find what was lost. His father knew when someone was going to die. His father had talked to him about the dead who rode in on the wind.

The dead travel fast. Gaspar is six years old when the Order first come for him. For years, they have exploited his father’s ability to commune with the dead and the demonic, presiding over macabre rituals where the unwanted and the disappeared are tortured and executed, sacrificed to the Darkness.

Now they want a successor. Nothing will stop the Order, nothing is beyond them. Surrounded by horrors, can Gaspar break free? Spanning the brutal decades of Argentina’s military dictatorship and its aftermath, Our Share of Night is a haunting, thrilling novel of broken families, cursed inheritances, and the sacrifices a father will make to help his son escape his destiny.

“A singular, soul-rattling novel… Mariana Enriquez’s terrifying, lush, blood-soaked epic masterfully uses the occult to depict unspeakable brutality, political oppression, and the tragedy of Argentina’s disappeared to devastating effect, while powerfully exploring the lengths a parent will go to protect their child. I’ve never read anything like it and I’ll never forget my time in Enriquez’s mesmerizing world.” Jessamine Chan, New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good Mothers

“A novel so disquieting, so unsettling I could neither put it down, nor read it late at night. Enriquez’s short stories had already made me a fan for life – her novel is going to haunt me for the rest of my life.” Kelly Link, author of White Cat, Black Dog and Get in Trouble, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

About Dr Paul Merchant

Paul Merchant is Senior Lecturer in Latin American Film and Visual Culture at the University of Bristol. He is the author of Remaking Home: Domestic Spaces in Argentine and Chilean Film, 2005-2015 (2022) and the co-editor of Latin American Culture and the Limits of the Human (2020).

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