*** Quesadillas by Juan Pablo Villalobos


Quesadillas is the funny, alternatively absurd and harsh story of a poor Mexican family with seven children and too little food (and only one type of food: quesadillas!). The narrator, the second son called Orestes, Oreo for short, lives under the dictatorship of his father, struggles to get enough food, has awkward encounters with the son of their rich neighbors, becomes the helper of a cow inseminator, and eventually leaves to search for his missing younger brothers, Castor and Pollux (but of course: the names are chosen by their teacher-father) who may have been abducted by aliens. Here is a fantastic voice piercing through the (wonderful) translation. Highly recommended despite the lack of a proper ending.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under New fiction

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s