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Antipodes

Stories

Ignacio Padilla; Translated by Alastair Reid

Picador

From the author of the critically acclaimed novel Shadow Without a Name comes Antipodes, a stunning volume of fictions that evoke the work of Jorge Luis Borges and Italo Calvino. Here are twelve short stories that effortlessly move across time, place, and culture, from the Gobi Desert to the heights of Mount Everest and the jungles of Java.

In "The Antipodes and the Century," a great Scottish engineer, left to die in the middle of the desert, is rescued by a tribe of nomads and inspires them to build an exact replica of the city of Edinburgh in the dunes; "Ever Wrest: Log of the Journey" is the tale of a dying cross-dressing pilot who allegedly climbs Mount Everest and then mysteriously disappears; "Hagiography of the Apostate" tells of a monk who conjures the devil in an effort to prove the devil's existence; and in "A Bestiary," the line between the spectators and the creatures on display becomes alarmingly blurred.

Interweaving history and legend with dazzling ingenuity, Antipodes confirms Ignacio Padilla's reputation as one of our inventive contemporary writers. The result is a work that delights and terrifies as it entrances.

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Praise for Antipodes

"A writer of outstanding gifts." --Barry Unsworth, The New York Times Book Review

"Told with irony and zest...All seeming antipodes...are right at home and perfectly natural in Padilla's realm, making for a rich, complex texture against which he weaves his spell." --Los Angeles Times

"Defiantly cosmopolitan...Padilla is a potent voice in Latin American literature today." --The Miami Herald

"Spans time and place as the story moves from one colorful character to another." --Hispanic

"One of Mexico's foremost young writers presents a handful of eclectic modern-day fables...His stories, placed within history, tell of colonialism gone amok, of spirituality gone awry, bringing a beautiful, surreal narrative to the ways our history has been shaped." --Booklist

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Ignacio Padilla; Translated by Alastair Reid

  • Ignacio Padilla was born in Mexico City and is the author of numerous award-winning novels and short-story collections. Shadow Without a Name was the first of his works to be translated into English.
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Antipodes

Stories

Ignacio Padilla; Translated by Alastair Reid

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