HOUSE OF MIST • María Luisa Bombal Farrar, Strauss & Giroux / 2008
Paperback / 258 pages

House of Mist stands as one of the first South American novels written in the style that was later called magical realism. Of this story of a young bride struggling with her marriage to an aloof landowner―and the mysteries surrounding their life together―in a house deep in the lush Chilean woods, Penelope Mesic wrote in the Chicago Tribune that Bombal showed "bold disregard for simple realism in favor of a heightened reality in which the external world reflects the internal truth of the characters' feeling . . . mingling . . . fantasy, memory and event."

︎ Condition note: New