Mouthful of Birds Something Bookish Review

Oh, my word! What a ride! Mouthful of Birds kept me on the edge of my seat. With every single story, goosebumps enveloped me as I tried to process what I had just read. It’s a small book but it shouldn’t be read in one sitting. You don’t want to do that to yourself. This is something I wish I had been warned about before starting the book.

Essential Book Info

Category: Fiction, Translated Fiction
Publisher: OneWorld Publications
Published: 2019
Length: 240

“Mouthful of Birds” Blurb

“A spellbinding collection of short stories from the Argentinian sensation Samanta Schweblin
“The crunch of a bird’s wing.
Abandoned by the roadside, newlywed brides scream with rage as they are caught in the headlights of a passing car.
A cloud of butterflies, so beautiful it smothers.”
Unearthly and unexpected, these stories burrow their way into your psyche with the feel of a sleepless night. Every shadow and bump in the dark takes on huge implications, leaving the pulse racing – blurring the line between the real and the strange. “

My “Mouthful of Birds” Reaction

Mouthful of Birds Something Bookish Review


First of all, let me drop my reactions after every story I read. You know, Youtube style. Please note that there are 20 stories in this collection, which I read over a period of four days.

  1. Headlights – Men are scum
  2. Preserves – What in the actual fuck!
  3. Butterflies – Oh nooooooo!
  4. Mouthful of Birds – Hmmmm…
  5. Santa Claus Sleeps At Our House – WTF!
  6. The Digger – Holy Shit!
  7. Irman – Naa. I don’t like this one
  8. The Test – Oh no!
  9. Toward Happy Civilization – Wow. Pretty deep
  10. Olingiris – Wait, what???
  11. My Brother Walter – Awwww, this is so sad.
  12. The Merman – I kinda get it. And then I don’t
  13. Rage of Pestilence – I like this one. Yes I do
  14. Heads Against Concrete – This made me feel sad.
  15. The Size of Things – I enjoyed it but I don’t understand it.
  16. Underground – Has a Stranger Things vibe. I like.
  17. Slowing Down – gasps
  18. On The Steppe – Wow! So intense!
  19. A Great Effort – It was really a lot of effort.
  20. The Heavy Suitcase of Benavides – Wow. What a glorious ending!

Should You Bother Reading “Mouthful of Birds”?

Mouthful of Birds Something Bookish Review


I think the question should be, are you brave enough to read Mouthful of Birds? And the answer is YES! This is my first time reading Schweblin and I was introduced to this book by Kobby AKA “bookworm_man on Instagram. I received this book from OneWorld in exchange for a review and there is no way on earth that it being a free copy could have influenced this review.

Mouthful of Birds is like a couple of nightmares. It was so intense. From dark fields off a highway rippled with masses of screaming women, a pregnancy that shrinks backwards to the size of a pill to children disappear in a hole in the ground. There is a particular story, Preserves, that will set your teeth on edge. I’m not even kidding.

You’ll awaken in a cold sweat with a fast-beating heart. And be like, was that just a dream? It takes you several minutes to calm down. Still, the dream’s story continues to haunt you until the next feverish dream occurs. This is the feeling you will have after reading each story in the marvelous Mouthful of Birds. And this is why I highly recommend this book. It’s an experience.

About The Author

Mouthful of Birds Something Bookish Review


Samanta Schweblin is the author of three story collections that have won numerous awards, including the prestigious Juan Rulfo Story Prize, and been translated into twenty languages. Her debut novel Fever Dream was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017. Originally from Buenos Aires, she lives in Berlin.

Mouthful of Birds Something Bookish Review

Megan McDowell has translated books by many contemporary South American and Spanish authors, and her translations have been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s and The Paris Review. She lives in Chile.

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