Antipodes by Ignacio Padilla
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From the author of the award-winning novel Shadow Without a Name, comes Antipodes, the first collection of his short fiction to be translated into English. This lively, eclectic, and highly imaginative volume spans time, place, and culture as the narratives move from the scorching heat of the Gobi desert to the glacial heights of Mount Everest.

Here, among others, are the stories of a great Scottish engineer, left to die in the middle of the desert, who is rescued by a tribe of nomads and inspires them to build an exact replica of the city of Edinburgh in the dunes; of a dying, cross-dressing pilot who allegedly climbs Mount Everest and then mysteriously disappears; of an English colonel who swears on his life to make the trains in Zambezi run on time, only to be forced to honor his word when they are always ten minutes late; of a monk who conjures the devil to prove the devil's existence; and of a young administrator of a psychiatric hospital who is appalled by the treatment of the patients, and devises his own bizarre solution.

Based on history, legend and an awe-inspiring power of invention, Antipodes delights, terrifies, and entrances.

 

About Ignacio Padilla

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Padilla was born in Mexico City, and is the author of several award-winning novels and short-story collections. Monica Waitzfelder has directed opera at the Paris National Opera, the Theatre du Chatelet, and other French and international venues. Serge Klarsfeld is one of the foremost historians on the fate of the Jews in France during World War II. He has published a dozen books on the subject, including "French Children of the Holocaust: A Memorial" and "Remembering Georgy: Letters from the House of Izieu. "Peter Bush is vice president of the International Federation of Translators, and has won numerous awards for his translations.
 
Published June 1, 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 144 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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From Mexico's Padilla (Shadow Without a Name, 2003), a dozen trinkets about far-flung places, exotic times, weird people, weird things.

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