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In tiny Icamole, almost deserted village in Mexico’s desert north, the librarian, Lucio, is also the village’s only reader. Though it has not rained for a year in Icamole, when Lucio’s son Remigio draws the body of a thirteen-year-old girl from his well, floodgates open on dark possibility. Strangely enamored of the dead girl’s beauty and fearing implication, Remigio turns desperately to his father. Persuading his son to bury the body, Lucio baptizes the girl Babette, after the heroine of a favorite novel. Is Lucio the keeper of too many stories? As police begin to investigate, has he lost his footing? Or do revelation and resolution lie with other characters and plots from his library? Toscana displays brilliant mastery of the novel—in all its elements—as Lucio keeps every last reader guessing.Praise for David Toscana’s earlier work“Deserves to join the ranks of the great Latin American authors Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Jorge Amado” —New York Times Book Review“Introduces American readers to a gifted writer who seems poised to inherit the postmodernist mantle of Carlos Fuentes.” —Kirkus Reviews
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Mexican novelist David Toscana describes his narrative aesthetics as “realismo desquiciado” (unrestrained realism), breaking with the Latin trend of magic realism through a prose that keeps an eye on the concrete experience of life in all its absurdity and lavish strangeness. In its original Spanish El último lector was awarded the National Colima Prize, the Prémio José Fuentes Mares, and the Antonin Artaud Prize and was also shortlisted for Latin America’s most important literary award, the Rómulo Gallegos International Novel Prize. Asa Zatz has translated more than seventy-five Spanish-language books, including works of Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel García Márquez, and Mario Vargas Llosa.From Publishers Weekly:
In his third novel translated into English, Mexican writer Toscana (Tula Station) dissolves the line between interior and exterior life with challenging results. In the small, drought-ridden town of Icamole, young Remigio discovers a dead girl in his well. Before anyone finds out, Remigio's father, Lucio, a librarian who ties everything back to the novels he's read, convinces Remigio to bury the girl under their avocado tree and say nothing, even as authorities wander into town, making tepid inquiries. Toscana meanders through the psychological consequences of the plan, moving in and out of the real world in paragraphs that run on for pages, penetrating the veil of Lucio's literary fetishes, brutality and death foremost among them (he tosses books he doesn't like in a room to be devoured by cockroaches). Letting go of familiar touchstones like plot, character and structure, this dense stream-of-consciousness narrative raises many resonant questions, but can be a chore to navigate. (Oct.)
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