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Sinister toy story: Little Eyes, by Samanta Schweblin, reviewed

Semi-robotic pets with human ghosts in their machines are the latest global craze in this disturbing novel

Samanta Schweblin.

We often hear that science fiction — or ‘speculative’ fiction, as the buffs prefer — can draw premonitory outlines of the shape of things to come. Well, consider the case of this novel by an acclaimed Argentinian-born, Berlin-based writer, first published in Spanish last year. Little Eyes imagines a gadget (nothing fancy really, just a plush animal toy with camera and wifi implants) that creates a private but silent connection between its owner anda single, remote watcher.

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