Talking Scared

130 – Mariana Enriquez & This Cruelty is Justified

February 14, 2023 Neil McRobert Episode 130
Talking Scared
130 – Mariana Enriquez & This Cruelty is Justified
Show Notes

It’s a Valentine’s day episode and what better to celebrate today than a conversation about cruelty, brutal folklore, political terror and black magic? Don’t tell me I don’t understand my audience.

I’m beyond delighted to welcome Mariana Enriquez to the show to talk about her massive novel, Our Share of Night. It features all of the above ingredients, in a 700+ page roam through decades of Argentinian history, demonic misconduct.

This ranks amongst the most unstructured conversations I’ve had on this show. I just say some words and then let Mariana let rip. But to give you a taster – we cover her current boredom with the short story, the double standard of harming kids in fiction, houses that eat people, Freddie Krueger and Heathclife and why horror is inevitable in Argentinian fiction


Our Share of Night was published by Granta in the UK in October, 2022 and in the US on 7th February, 2023 by Hogarth

Other books mentioned in this episode:

  • The Black Maybe: Liminal Tales (2022), by Attila Veres
  • The Dangers of Smoking in Bed (2009), by Mariana Enriquez
  • Things We Lost in the Fire (2017), by Mariana Enriquez
  • Shuggie Bain (2020), by Douglas Stuart
  • In Patagonia (1977), by Bruce Chatwin
  • Mary: An Awakening of Terror (2022), by Nat Cassidy

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