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Paradise Travel

A Novel

Jorge Franco; Translated by Katherine Silver

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

From one of Colombia's leading novelists, a tragicomic story of unrequited love and a view of New York through the wide eyes of an illegal immigrant

Paradise Travel recounts the adventures of Marlon Cruz, a naïve young man from Medellín, Colombia, who agrees to accompany the beautiful, ambitious woman he loves to New York. On their first night in Queens, Marlon and Reina lose each other, thus initiating Marlon's descent into the underbelly of our country.

A leader of the gritty-realist movement known as McOndo, Jorge Franco evokes the follies and pains of unrequited love at the same time that he explores deeper inequalities between North and South America. Moving between lower-middle-class Colombia and immigrant New York (specifically, the Jackson Heights neighborhood seen recently in the movie Maria Full of Grace), Paradise Travel is an exciting work from a rising star, celebrated by Gabriel García Márquez as "one of those to whom I should like to pass the torch" of Colombian fiction.

Praise for Rosario Tijeras:

"Latin America's McOndo literary movement drags the butterflies of magical realism into Burger King. With Jorge Franco's narco-saga Rosario Tijeras, it may have found its first masterpiece." --Rachel Aviv, Salon

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Excerpted from Paradise Travel by Jorge Franco. Copyright © 2001 by Jorge Franco. Translation copyright © 2006 by Katherine Silver. Published January 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. All rights reserved.

I could easily have died that day at dawn after I got lost, not only because death itself stood in my way, but because I craved death with a passion. I remembered and finally understood all the times Reina had said: Let's just kill ourselves, but after saying it so many times, nobody paid much attention anymore.

"Let's just kill ourselves," she'd say angrily whenever things
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Jorge Franco; Translated by Katherine Silver

  • Jorge Franco was born in Medellín, Colombia. His books include Rosario Tijeras, Moldito Amor, and Mala Noche.
  • Jorge Franco Daniel Mordzinski
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A Novel

Jorge Franco; Translated by Katherine Silver

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