People in the Room by Norah Lange
Trade paperback format. Translated by Charlotte Whittle.
Shortlisted for the 2019 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation
A classic – an uncanny exploration of desire, domestic space, isolation, and voyeurism by a writer Borges loved — only now in English translation
A young woman in Buenos Aires spies three women in the house across the street from her family’s home. Intrigued, she begins to watch them. She imagines them as accomplices to an unknown crime, as troubled spinsters contemplating suicide, or as players in an affair with dark and mysterious consequences.
Lange’s imaginative excesses and almost hallucinatory images make this uncanny exploration of desire, domestic space, voyeurism and female isolation a twentieth century masterpiece. Too long viewed as Borges’s muse, Lange is today recognized in the Spanish-speaking world as a great writer and is here translated into English for the first time, to be read alongside Virginia Woolf, Clarice Lispector and Marguerite Duras.