‘The Houseguest’ by Amparo Dávila, translated by Audrey Hararis and Matthew Gleeson

Dávila’s writing puts you somewhere slightly outside the world as it is, and directs your attention back towards things previously unacknowledged and unnamed. It’s like looking through a window into your own home and seeing a monster fold your bedclothes. Here, the monster comes to stay, and does not leave. And we can’t have that.

From the collection of the same name, New Directions, 2018. The story is available to read on LitHub, here