Sometimes one book per country isn’t enough. Now that I’m on the lookout for international authors, their books jump out at me and I can’t refuse them even if I’ve already covered their territory. I’ve sneaked these books in between my “official” reading. I thought I’d share them with you.
Down the Rabbit Hole • Fiesta en la madriguera
by Juan Pablo Villalobos • Translated by Rosalind Harvey
Originally published in 2010 by Anagrama
My edition: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012 • 75 pgs
Summary: A Liberian pygmy hippopotamus (or two) sits atop Tochtli’s wish list. Will this precocious drug lord’s son get his heart’s desire?
Time Period: Contemporary
Setting: Mexico; Liberia
Notes: Down the Rabbit Hole is Villalobos’ first novel, and he’d prefer that you not call it “narcoliterature.” His second novel, Quesadillas, focuses on a family living in poverty in 1980s Mexico.