Mariana Enríquez’s Meaningful Monsters

By Alejandra Oliva

An Argentine novel uses the supernatural to explore abuses of power in the country’s past and present.

This article is adapted from AQ’s special report on Uruguay The word “monster” can be traced back to the Latin verb mon­strare, meaning “to show.” The monsters in our stories often il­lustrate something about our societies: For example, the story of Dracula became a hit just as the germ theory of disease began to catch on, explaining how a bite could be infectious. In their own dark way, the monsters and myths that populate Mariana Enríquez’s glori­ously creepy masterpiece, Our Share of Night, illuminate the history and present of Enríquez’s native...

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