Winner of the Uruguayan National Literature Prize for Fiction, the BartolomÃ©-Hidalgo Fiction Prize, and the Sor Juana InÃ©s de la Cruz Literature Prize.
A port city is in the grips of an ecological crisis. The river has filled with toxic algae, and a deadly ‘red wind’ blows throughÂ its streets; much of the coast has been evacuated as the wealthy migrate inland to safety, leaving theÂ rest to shelter in abandoned houses as blackouts and food shortages abound.
The unnamed narrator is one of those who has stayed.Â She spends her daysÂ trying to disentangle herself from the two relationships that had once meant everything to her, andÂ looking after theÂ youngÂ boyÂ who’s been placed in her care.Â As the world in which they moveÂ becomes smaller, she reflectsÂ on the collapse ofÂ theÂ other emotional ties in her lifeÂ and the emergence of a radicalÂ yet tenderÂ solitude.
With striking prose and vivid characters,Â the multi-award-winningÂ Pink SlimeÂ offers profound reflections on motherhood, marriage, and caregiving, set against the backdrop of aÂ crumblingÂ city.