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Authors: María Fernanda Ampuero (Author), Frances Riddle (Translator)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY (May 5, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936932822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936932825
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches

Named one of the ten best fiction books of 2018 by the New York Times en Español, Cockfight is the debut work by Ecuadorian writer and journalist María Fernanda Ampuero.

In lucid and compelling prose, Ampuero sheds light on the hidden aspects of home: the grotesque realities of family, coming of age, religion, and class struggle. A family’s maids witness a horrible cycle of abuse, a girl is auctioned off by a gang of criminals, and two sisters find themselves at the mercy of their spiteful brother. With violence masquerading as love, characters spend their lives trapped reenacting their past traumas.

Heralding a brutal and singular new voice, Cockfight explores the power of the home to both create and destroy those within it.


“Ampuero leads the international wave of Ecuadorian writers.” New York Times en Español

“Ampuero writes with steely nerves and an ear for the beauty of simple, concrete language.” Kirkus Reviews

“Ampuero’s literary voice is tough and beautiful at once: her stories are exquisite and dangerous objects.” —Yuri Herrera, author of Signs Preceding the End of the World

“Brutal! Very intense.” —Mariana Enríquez, author of Things We Lost in the Fire

"María Fernanda Ampuero’s voice is urgent, intimate, lyrical while never forgetting to cast humor during the darkest of violent moments. This is a writer of great power that the entire Americas will have to deal with for decades to come.” —Ernesto Quiñonez, author of Bodega Dreams

"The stories in Ampuero’s Cockfight vibrate with a singular voice, building a fictional universe dominated by violence and explorations of both power dynamics and exploitation. Ampuero’s brutal and animalistic prose haunted me. I can’t stop thinking about this book." —Cristina Rodriguez, Deep Vellum Books

About the Author

María Fernanda Ampuero is a writer and journalist, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in 1976. She has published articles in newspapers and magazines around the world, as well as two nonfiction books: Lo que aprendí en la peluquería y Permiso de residenciaCockfight is her first short story collection, and her first book to be translated into English.

Frances Riddle is a writer and translator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her recent book-length translations include Not One Less by María Pía López (forthcoming, Polity Press); Plebeian Prose by Néstor Perlongher (Polity Press 2019); The German Room by Carla Maliandi (Charco Press 2018). Her short story translations, essays, and reviews have been published in the White ReviewElectric Literature, the Short Story Project, and Words Without Borders, among others.