Friction

Latin American Literature Series
Eloy Urroz
Translated by Ezra E. Fitz

In the tradition of Italo Calvino’s If on a winter’s night a traveler, Eloy Urroz, the acclaimed author of The Obstacles, here presents his latest literary card game, and you, the reader, have been invited to sit at the table and play. Matilde, your young wife, is determined to unravel the mystery surrounding the disappearance of a politician named Gariglietti. She’s conducting a series of interviews with the vanished statesman’s son–who, by doling out information piecemeal, is hoping to keep her around long enough to get her into bed. Meanwhile, a professor at Millard Fillmore University is watching, dazed, as his second marriage and academic career both collapse around him–and to make matters worse, an army of historical and literary characters have begun to materialize in a certain imaginary town in Baja California . . . Empedocles, Pancho Villa, Karl Popper, Sergio Pitol, the great-granddaughter of Rabelais’s Gargantua, and you, the reader, among many others, will all take part in this game of Friction–because what is life but the friction between reality and our desires?

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Translated by Ezra E. Fitz
Publication: Latin American Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 520
ISBN-13: 9781564785497
GTIN13: 9781564785497
Publication date: 12/9/2010
Language: eng
List price: $16.95