*** 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.


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