Trout, Belly Up by Rodrigo Fuentes | TLS Review | "Pitch-perfect translation"

The first story in this collection by a young Guatemalan writer concerns an ill-fated experiment in farming trout. The landowner, Don Henrik, who appears in most of the six stories that follow, has planned the venture while travelling in Norway. He hopes to make a lot of money and “bring progress to the mountain” in a poor part of Guatemala, beset by gang violence. Unfortunately, as we learn during the course of the other stories, Henrik has a history of failure. His cardamom and melon farms have not done well, and he has chosen a business partner with links to a local mafia. When he heads off to the city, leaving 800 trout in the care of a young employee who is just about to embark on an affair, things go horribly wrong.

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