The Transmigration of Bodies by Yuri Herrera

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Better to read Transmigration for the more surface-level pleasures of its lovelier phrases (“She glistened like a wet street”) or hardboiled banter.
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A plague has brought death to the city. Two feuding crime families with blood on their hands need our hard-boiled hero, The Redeemer, to broker peace.

Yuri Herrera’s novel, a response to the violence of contemporary Mexico with echoes of Romeo and Juliet, Bolaño and Chandler, is a noirish tragedy and a tribute to the bodies that violence touches.
 

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Born in Actopan, Mexico, in 1970, Yuri Herrera studied Politics in Mexico, Creative Writing in El Paso and took his PhD in literature at Berkeley. His first novel to appear in English, Signs Preceding the End of the World, was published to great critical acclaim in 2015 and included in many Best-of-Year lists, including The Guardian's Best Fiction and NBC News's Ten Great Latino Books. He is currently teaching at the University of Tulane, in New Orleans.Lisa Dillman teaches in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She has translated a number of Spanish and Latin American writers. Some of her recent translations include Rain Over Madrid; August, October; and Death of a Horse, by Andrés Barba, and Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera.
 
Published July 7, 2016 by And Other Stories. 112 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Dustin Illingworth on Sep 16 2016

This skillfully skewed mimicry turns out to be a blessing and a curse. Herrera’s familiarity with the conceits and gestures of crime fiction ensures we experience the huge (and hugely enjoyable) range of what the genre has to offer. But there is also an occasional sense of flatness...

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Reviewed by James Lasdun on Jul 16 2016

There’s certainly an element of Antigone...of course the plague theme also goes back to classical tragedy as a sign of social breakdown. But I can’t quite read The Transmigration of Bodies as a serious, or even a comic, take on the carnage of the drugs wars. Its methods are too limitingly light-spirited.

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Reviewed by Jose Teodoro on Sep 12 2016

Better to read Transmigration for the more surface-level pleasures of its lovelier phrases (“She glistened like a wet street”) or hardboiled banter.

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