Bad Nature, or With Elvis in Mexico by Javier Marías
(New Directions Pearls)

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A gem of a Marías story: Elvis and his entourage abandon their translator in a seedy cantina full of enraged criminals.

“It all happened because of Elvis Presley.” Elvis, down south of the border to film a movie, has insisted his producers hire a proper Spaniard so that he can pronounce his few lines in Spanish with a Castillian accent. But Ruibérriz has taken on much more than he bargained for. One fatal night, horseplay in a local bar goes too far: a fatuous drunken American insults the local kingpin, and when the thug insists that Ruibérriz translate, Elvis himself adds an even more stinging comment—and who must translate that?

About Javier Marías

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Javier Marías was born in Madrid in 1951. He is the author of more than a dozen novels and several short story collections. He is also an award-winning translator and a columnist for El País. He was the second recipient of the International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award (for A Heart So White) and is a member of the Royal Spanish Academy.
Published February 24, 2010 by New Directions. 100 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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