Life on the edge by ELLEN JONES | Bookanista

Rodrigo Fuentes’ Trout, Belly Up is an extraordinary collection of tales that weave together to create a dark picture of contemporary rural Guatemala. The stories coalesce around Don Henrik, a kind but unlucky landowner of Scandinavian descent, whose abortive agricultural projects include trout, cardamom and melon farming. We hear from family members and employees how his attempts are thwarted by accident, strike action, inherited debt, even violent crime and extortion. Henrik and his brother Mati, who struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, strive to do their best for other people while trying to keep their own heads above water.

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