Before by Carmen Boullosa

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review

Boullosa manages to merge humor with panic seamlessly in this short novel, and though readers know that the narrator is a ghost, the suspense over how that came to be makes this a thrilling story.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

One of BBC's 10 Books to Read in August

"Carmen Boullosa is, in my opinion, a true master."—Alvaro Mutis

Part bildungsroman, part ghost story, part revenge novel, Before tells the story of a woman who returns to the landscape of her childhood to overcome the fear that held her captive as a girl. This powerful exploration of the path to womanhood and lost innocence won Mexico's two most prestigious literary prizes.

Carmen Boullosa, one of Mexico's leading writers, has published nearly twenty novels. Her most recent novel, Texas: The Great Theft, won the 2014 Typographical Era Translation Award and was shortlisted for the 2015 PEN Translation Award.

 

About Carmen Boullosa

See more books from this Author
Carmen Boullosa is the author of many plays, works of poetry, and novels, among them Leaving Tabasco and They're Cows, We're Pigs. She was recently included in the landmark collection Reversible Monuments: An Anthology of Contemporary Mexican Poetry. Geoff Hargreaves lives in New York City.
 
Published July 11, 2016 by Deep Vellum Publishing. 120 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Before
All: 1 | Positive: 1 | Negative: 0

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Sep 25 2016

Boullosa manages to merge humor with panic seamlessly in this short novel, and though readers know that the narrator is a ghost, the suspense over how that came to be makes this a thrilling story.

Read Full Review of Before | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly