Samanta Schweblin’s FEVER DREAM Wins the 2018 Tournament of Books

Fever Dream coverIn what can fairly be called an upset, Samanta Schweblin’s novel Fever Dream has won the 2018 Tournament of Books. It defeated the popular, multi-award-winning Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, in a 10-7 vote. Fever Dream first beat Lincoln in the Bardo in the opening round and then went on to win against Elif Batuman’s The Idiot, Eugene Lim’s Dear Cyborg, and Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West on its way to defeating Lincoln in the Bardo once again.

Samanta Schweblin was born in Buenos Aires, and is the author of four books. Fever Dream was originally published in 2014 and was nominated for the International Man Booker Prize in 2017. It was translated into English in 2017 by Megan McDowell. Described as a ghost story and a horror novel, Fever Dream begins with a woman and a boy talking in a hospital and from there takes the reader on a strange, ghostly journey.

Fever Dream won against a strong line-up: in addition to the Saunders novel, which won the 2017 Booker Prize, contenders included novels by Jennifer Egan, Jesmyn Ward, Percival Everett, and Lidia Yuknavitch. The Tournament of Books has run every March since 2005. It pits 16-18 novels against each other, with judges presiding over each round and audience commentary incorporated into each decision.

Fever Dream now takes its place among esteemed winners from previous years, including Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Junot Diaz’s The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Toni Morrison’s A Mercy, and Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad.

Click here for more on the Tournament of Books.

Sign up to Today In Books to receive daily news and miscellany from the world of books.
By signing up you agree to our Terms of Service
We have 10 copies of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles to give away to Book Riot readers! Go here to enter for a chance to win, or just click the image below. Good luck!
Book Riot has Avada Kedavra-ed the comments section, so please come chat with us on Twitter or Instagram!