Palinuro of Mexico
Translated by Elisabeth Plaister
Winner of Mexico's Premio Novela Mexico, Spain's Romulo Gallegos Prize for best Spanish-language novel, and France's Priz de Meilleur Livre Etranger for best foreign book, Palinuro of Mexico is a masterpiece which ranks with the finest achievements of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Carlos Fuentes, and Mario Vargas Llosa.
Palinuro, a medical student, is born into a polygenetic family: Uncle Esteban, who fled from Hungary during the Great War and traveled across the world to Mexico, clinging to his dream of becoming a doctor; Grandpa Francisco, a Freemason and old-time companion of Pancho Villa; Uncle Austin, an ex-British marine; grandmothers, aunts, cousins—an eccentric menage. Since childhood, Palinuro has loved his first cousin, Estefania, with an overwhelming and consuming passion. They indulge their incestuous desires and bizarre fantasies in a room in the Plaza Santa Domingo.
Drawing from a cultural cornucopia, del Paso propels Palinuro and his companions though the real and the imaginary realms of mythology, science, politics, social comment, the arts, advertising and pornography. This labyrinthine tour de force is a fusion of Rabelaisian wit, Swiftian satire, Shakespearean invention and pastiche ranging from Hawthorne to Galdos.
Nb of pages 557 p.
Publication Date 01 July 1996
Nb of pages 557
Dimensions 6 x 9 in.
List Price $14.95
At its deepest level, the narrative of Palinuro of Mexico embodies a totalizing ambition, reminiscent of Joyce, to investigate the conditions of culture and knowledge, to explore the
Palinuro of Mexico [is] an inspired, roller-coaster of a book about life and love in Mexico City by the renowned Mexican author Fernando del Paso. Dreamlike and fantastic, filled
Palinuro is an extreme work, and it must have been extremely exhausting for the translator, who deserves a place in the Translator Hall of Fame for this staggering undertaking
Each chapter remains powerfully seductive, the translation is clear and accessible, and every page can be read aloud with pleasure.- (starred review)
A novel that, more than fifteen years after its original appearance, remains a puzzle, an enchanting homage to confusion, and, in my judgment, a perfect embodiment of Calvino's- Ilan Stavans editor,
An excessive novel and encyclopedic compilation of data on the human body. This is what makes the book unique: nowhere in literature can we find a book anything like it, a book
This tour de force is the novel of modern Mexico and its sprawling capital . . . warm and very funny . . . Elisabeth Plaister's translation is brilliant.- (London)
Palinuro of Mexico [is] an inspired, roller-coaster of a book about life and love in Mexico City by the renowned Mexican author Fernando del Paso. Dreamlike and
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Genres : Fiction : Latin America
Countries : Mexico