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Tender is the Flesh

By Agustina Bazterrica
Narrated by Joseph Balderrama / 6 hours 43 minutes
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If you enjoyed The Jungle, then you’ll love Tender is the Flesh.

“This book is very descriptive of the processing process, not unlike in Upton Sinclair's THE JUNGLE, except with humans instead of animals. It's enough to make one uncomfortable, and raises a lot of moral questions about how living beings, be they animals or humans, are treated in general; and how something that should be unthinkable is made acceptable by the "softening" of verbiage used to describe it.

This is a book I can picture Hannibal Lector comfortably enjoying with a glass of Chianti and a plate of fava beans. As disturbing as it was, I couldn't not finish listening to it (though I wonder if I'd have a different reaction if I read it instead) I would definitely recommend this book to the die hard horror reader. I would also recommend it to those who like to challenge their views with uncomfortable topics.”

A Freethinker's Corner image Chris, A Freethinker's Corner

Working at the local processing plant, Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans—though no one calls them that anymore.

His wife has left him, his father is sinking into dementia, and Marcos tries not to think too hard about how he makes a living. After all, it happened so quickly. First, it was reported that an infectious virus has made all animal meat poisonous to humans. Then governments initiated the “Transition.” Now, eating human meat—“special meat”—is legal. Marcos tries to stick to numbers, consignments, processing.

Then one day he’s given a gift: a live specimen of the finest quality. Though he’s aware that any form of personal contact is forbidden on pain of death, little by little he starts to treat her like a human being. And soon, he becomes tortured by what has been lost—and what might still be saved.


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Narrator Joseph Balderrama
ISBN 9781797112671
Length 6 hours 43 minutes
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date
Edition Unabridged
Genres Fiction & Literature, Apocalyptic and Dystopian, Latinx Voices & Literary Fiction
Libro.fm rank #218 Overall
Genre rank #5 in Latinx Voices