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Hurricane Season

An extraordinarily powerful and evocative literary novel set in Iran in the period immediately after the Islamic Revolution in 1979.


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Winner, International Literature Award, Germany, 2019

Shortlisted, International Booker Prize, 2020

Inspired by a real event of the murder of a woman in rural Mexico, Hurricane Season takes place in a world filled with superstitions and violence—violence that poisons everything around.

The Witch is dead. After a group of children playing in the murky waters of the irrigation canals discover her decomposing corpse, the village is rife with rumours and suspicions about the murder of this feared and respected woman, who had carried out the community’s ritual shamanic customs. In dazzling, visceral language, Melchor extracts humanity from otherwise irredeemably brutal characters, and spins a terrifying and heartrending tale of dark suspense in a Mexican village that seems damned.


Fernanda Melchor was born in 1982 in Veracruz, Mexico. She is widely recognised as one of the most exciting new voices of Mexican literature. In 2018, she won the PEN Mexico Award for Literary and Journalistic Excellence and in 2019 the German Anna-Seghers-Preis and the International Literature Award for Hurricane Season.


Book Title

Hurricane Season


Text Publishing


Text Publishing


Fiction – General




234mm x 156mm

Date Published

March 2020



Weight0.340 kg


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