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Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica

book cover of tender is the flesh, limbs and blood in backgroundWe were both disgusted and blown away by this shocking dystopia by Agustina Bazterrica, translated from Spanish by Sarah Moses.

With the tagline “If everyone else was eating human meat, would you?” the book is gruesome but important, demanding discussion on human rights, animal rights, the capacity of, and limits to, our empathy… and so much more.

Of course you can expect the usual swearwords and spoilers from your podcast hosts… but this week, unfortunately (fortunately for the author) there are NO AMAZON ONE-STAR REVIEWS!

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Warning: do not, under any circumstances, read this book while eating.

Publisher’s Blurb

It all happened so quickly. First, animals became infected with the virus and their meat became poisonous. Then, governments initiated the Transition. Now, ‘special meat’ – human meat – is legal.

Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans only no one calls them that. He works with numbers, consignments, processing. One day, he’s given a gift to seal a deal: a specimen of the finest quality. He leaves her in his barn, tied up, a problem to be disposed of later.

But the specimen haunts Marcos. Her trembling body, her eyes that watch him, that seem to understand. And soon, he becomes tortured by what has been lost – and what might still be saved..

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