Locos: A Comedy of Gestures

American Literature Series
Preface by Felipe Alfau
Afterword by Mary McCarthy

The interconnected stories that form this novel take place in a Madrid as exotic as the Baghdad of the 1001 Arabian Nights and feature unforgettable characters in revolt against their young author. “For them,” he complains, “reality is what fiction is to real people; they simply love it and make for it against my almost heroic opposition.”

First published in 1936 and long neglected, this elegantly inventive novel anticipates works like Pale Fire and One Hundred Years of Solitude. In Locos, Felipe Alfau creates a mercurial dreamscape in which the characters—the eccentric, sometimes criminal, habitues of Toledo’s Cafe of the Crazy—wrench free of authorial control, invade one another’s stories, and even turn into one another.

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Preface by Felipe Alfau
Afterword by Mary McCarthy
Publication: American Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 224
ISBN-13: 9781564781710
GTIN13: 9781564781710
Publication date: 12/1/1988
Language: eng
List price: $12.95