2018 National Book Award Longlist, Translated Literature

Roque Larraquy

Comemadre, by Roque Larraquy. Translated by Heather Cleary

by Roque Larraquy
Translated by Heather Cleary
(Coffee House Press)
ISBN: 9781566895156

ABOUT THE BOOK (from the publisher)

In the outskirts of Buenos Aires in 1907, a doctor becomes involved in a misguided experiment that investigates the threshold between life and death. One hundred years later, a celebrated artist goes to extremes in search of aesthetic transformation, turning himself into an art object. How far are we willing to go, Larraquy asks, in pursuit of transcendence? The world of Comemadre is full of vulgarity, excess, and discomfort: strange ants that form almost perfect circles, missing body parts, obsessive love affairs, and man-eating plants. Darkly funny, smart, and engrossing, here the monstrous is not alien, but the consquence of our relentless pursuit of collective and personal progress.

About the Author

Roque Larraquy is an Argentinian writer, screenwriter, professor of narrative and audiovisual design, and the author of two books, La comemadre and Informe sobre ectoplasma animalComemadre is his first book published in English.


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