Quesadillas by Juan Pablo Villalobos

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Quesadillas, translated by Rosalind Harvey, does for magic realism what Down the Rabbit Hole did for "narco-literature" – the popular South American genre of drugs, gangs and guns.
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It's the 1980s in Lagos de Moreno - a town where there are more cows than people, and more priests than cows - and a poor family is struggling to get by. The father, a school teacher, insists on practising and teaching the art of the insult, while the mother prepares hundreds of quesadillas to serve to their numerous progeny: Aristotle, Orestes, Archilochus, Callimachus, Electra, Castor and Pollux. The family witnesses a revolt against the Institutional Revolutionary Party and its umpteenth electoral fraud. This political upheaval is only the beginning of Orestes' adventures and his uproarious crusade against the boredom of rustic life and the tyranny of his older brother. In Quesadillas Juan Pablo Villalobos serves up a wild banquet. Chock-full of inseminated cows, Polish immigrants, parading pilgrims, alien spacecraft and psychedelic watermelons, almost anything goes in this madcap Mexican satire of politics and class.
 

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Published February 11, 2014 by FSG Originals. 193 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Reviewed by Alfred Hickling on Oct 04 2013

Quesadillas, translated by Rosalind Harvey, does for magic realism what Down the Rabbit Hole did for "narco-literature" – the popular South American genre of drugs, gangs and guns.

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