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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9780374710248192 Pages
A brilliant new comic novel from "a linguistic virtuoso" (José Antonio Aguado, Diari de Terrassa)
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 struggles to overcome the bizarre dangers of living in Mexico. The father, a high-school civics teacher, insists on practicing 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. Confined to their home, the family bears witness to the revolt against the Institutional Revolutionary Party and their umpteenth electoral fraud. This political upheaval is only the beginning of Orestes's adventures and his uproarious crusade against the boredom of rustic life and the tyranny of his older brother.
Both profoundly moving and wildly funny, Mexican author Juan Pablo Villalobos's Quesadillas is a satiric masterpiece, chock-full of inseminated cows, Polish immigrants, religious pilgrims, alien spacecraft, psychedelic watermelons, and many, many "your mama" insults.
Financial Times Books of the Year, The Guardian (UK) Best Books of the Year
‘Go and fuck your fucking mother, you bastard, fuck off!'
I know this isn't an appropriate way to begin, but the story of me and my family is full of insults. If I'm really going to report everything that happened,...