Among Strange Victims by Daniel Saldaña París

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Although its stylized narrative can be an acquired taste, “Among Strange Victims” is deceptively affecting. Its protagonist may lack direction, but the book has a fine sense of where it’s going.
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"Brief, brilliantly written, and kissed by a sense of the absurd....like a much lazier, Mexico City version of Dostoevsky's Underground Man."—John Powers, Fresh Air

“Daniel Saldaña París knows how to talk about those other tragedies populating daily life: a boring, unwanted marriage; mind numbing office work; family secrets. He builds on those bricks of tedium a greatly enjoyable and splendidly well-written suburban farce.” —Yuri Herrera

Rodrigo likes his vacant lot, its resident chicken, and being left alone. But when passivity finds him accidentally married to Cecilia, he trades Mexico City for the sun-bleached desolation of his hometown and domestic life with Cecilia for the debauched company of a poet, a philosopher, and Micaela, whose allure includes the promise of time travel. Earthy, playful, and sly, Among Strange Victims is a psychedelic ode to the pleasures of not measuring up.

Daniel Saldaña París (born Mexico City, 1984) is an essayist, poet, and novelist whose work has been translated into English, French, and Swedish and anthologized, most recently in Mexico20: New Voices, Old Traditions, published in the United Kingdom by Pushkin Press. Among Strange Victims is his first novel to appear in the United States. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.

 

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Daniel Saldaña París (born Mexico City, 1984) is an essayist, poet and novelist whose work has been translated into English, French, and Swedish and anthologized, most recently in Mexico20: New Voices, Old Traditions, published in the UK by Pushkin Press. Among Strange Victims is his first novel to appear in the US. He lives in Montreal.Christina MacSweeney has an MA in literary translation from the University of East Anglia and specializes in Latin American fiction. She has also translated Valeria Luiselli’s novels, Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth, and essay collection, Sidewalks.
 
Published May 16, 2015 by Coffee House Press. 234 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Tobias Carroll on Jul 22 2016

Although its stylized narrative can be an acquired taste, “Among Strange Victims” is deceptively affecting. Its protagonist may lack direction, but the book has a fine sense of where it’s going.

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