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Megan McDowell

Megan McDowell is a Spanish-language literary translator from Kentucky. Her works include books by Alejandro Zambra, Samanta Schweblin, Lina Meruane, Mariana Enríquez, Álvaro Bisama, and Arturo Fontaine. Her translations have been published in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Words Without Borders, Mandorla, and VICE, among other publications. Her translation of Zambra’s novel Ways of Going Home won an English PEN Award for writing in translation in 2013. She lives in Santiago, Chile. 


Illustration by Chloe Scheffe

An Invocation of the Big-Eared Runt

Fall 2016 | Fiction

The first time he appeared to Pablo was on the bus during the nine-thirty tour. It happened during a pause in the narration while they rode from the restaurant that had belonged to Emilia Basil (the dismemberer) to the building where Yiya Murano (the poisoner) had lived.