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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.
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.
A brilliant new comic novel from "a linguistic virtuoso" (Jose Antonio Aguado, "Diari de Terrassa")
"A brief and majestic debut." Matias Nespolo, "El Mundo"
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