9th Ave: Juan Pablo Villalobos and Mauro Javier Cardenas

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 6:00pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. location.

 

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Mexican writer Juan Pablo Villalobos discusses his new novel, I'll Sell You a Dog, with Mauro Javier Cardenas.

 

 

Praise for I'll Sell You a Dog

 

"I'll Sell You A Dog is a reminder of how effortless literature should be to love. This unexpected ride through a character's second childhood, his building, neighbourhood and history is so magically twisted that it could be real. As ever Villalobos writes a peephole through politics and time, to simply watch us dance in all our lurid whimsy."—DBC Pierre

 

"Short, dark, comic, ribald and surreal . . . manic-impressive."—Dwight Garner, New York Times

 

‘One of the wittiest, most whimsical, most enjoyable novels to have been published in Spanish for a long time.’ Alberto Manguel, The Guardian

 

About I'll Sell You a Dog

 

Long before he was the taco seller whose ‘Gringo Dog’ recipe made him famous throughout Mexico City, our hero was an aspiring artist: an artist, that is, till his would-be girlfriend was stolen by Diego Rivera, and his dreams snuffed out by his hypochondriac mother. Now our hero is resident in a retirement home, where fending off boredom is far more gruelling than making tacos. Plagued by the literary salon that bumps about his building’s lobby and haunted by the self-pitying ghost of a neglected artist, Villalobos’s old man can’t help but misbehave.

 

He antagonises his neighbours, tortures American missionaries with passages from Adorno, flirts with the revolutionary greengrocer, and in short does everything that can be done to fend off the boredom of retirement and old age . . . while still holding a beer.

 

A delicious take-down of pretensions to cultural posterity, I’ll Sell You a Dog is a comic novel whose absurd inventions, scurrilous antics and oddball characters are vintage Villalobos.

 

 

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781908276742
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: And Other Stories - August 9th, 2016

Long before he was the taco seller whose Gringo Dog recipe made him famous throughout Mexico City, our hero was an aspiring artist: an artist, that is, till his would-be girlfriend was stolen by Diego Rivera, and his dreams snuffed out by his hypochondriac mother. Now our hero is resident in a retirement home, where fending off boredom is far more grueling than making tacos.


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By Juan Pablo Villalobos, Rosalind Harvey (Translator), Neel Mukherjee (Introduction by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374533953
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - February 11th, 2014

A brilliant new comic novel from "a linguistic virtuoso" (Jose Antonio Aguado, "Diari de Terrassa")


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By Juan Pablo Villalobos, Rosalind Harvey (Translator), Adam Thirlwell (Introduction by)
$12.00
ISBN: 9780374143350
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 2nd, 2012

"A brief and majestic debut." Matias Nespolo, "El Mundo"
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The Revolutionaries Try Again Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894463
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Coffee House Press - September 6th, 2016

Extravagant, absurd, and self-aware, The Revolutionaries Try Again plays out against the lost decade of Ecuador's austerity and the stymied idealism of three childhood friendsan expat, a bureaucrat, and a playwrightwho are as sure about the evils of dictatorship as they are unsure of everything else, including each other.


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