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    Description"A brief and majestic debut." --Matias Nespolo, "El Mundo " Tochtli lives in a palace. He loves hats, samurai, guillotines, and dictionaries, and what he wants more than anything right now is a new pet for his private zoo: a pygmy hippopotamus from Liberia. But Tochtli is a child whose father is a drug baron on the verge of taking over a powerful cartel, and Tochtli is growing up in a luxury hideout that he shares with hit men, prostitutes, dealers, servants, and the odd corrupt politician or two. Long-listed for "The Guardian "First Book Award, "Down the Rabbit Hole," a masterful and darkly comic first novel, is the chronicle of a delirious journey to grant a child's wish.

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    Down the Rabbit Hole
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Juan Pablo Villalobos, Translated by Rosalind Harvey, Introduction by Adam Thirlwell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 75
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 77 g
    ISBN 13: 9780374143350
    ISBN 10: 0374143358

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    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000, FIC037000
    LC classification: PQ7298.432.I428 F5413 2012
    Edition statement
    Farrar Straus Giroux
    Imprint name
    Farrar Straus Giroux
    Publication date
    02 October 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Juan Pablo Villalobos was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1973. He studied marketing and Spanish literature. He has researched such diverse topics as the influence of the avant-garde on the work of Cesar Aira and the flexibility of pipelines for electrical installations. He lives in Barcelona, Spain.
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    "Showing how a child absorbs violence without awareness that something is wrong is a tricky endeavor. Mr. Villalobos nails it." --Susannah Meadows, "The New York Times"""Down the Rabbit Hole" is a miniature high-speed experiment with perspective . . . A deliberate, wild attack on the conventions of literature." --Adam Thirlwell "Juan Pablo Villalobos brilliantly encapsulates the chaos of a lawless existence in which, under the sway of drug lords, anything might happen and everything goes . . . "Down the Rabbit Hole "is an astonishing debut." --Lucy Popescu, "The Independent ""If you're going to have an imprisoned child narrate a novel, then not so much as a word should be out of place. There are no such slips in Juan Pablo Villalobos's debut novella. We have here a control over the material which is so tight it is almost claustrophobic . . . This is a novel about failing to understand the bigger picture, and in its absence we can see it more clearly." --Nicholas Lezard, "The Guardian," ""Choice of the Week "Villalobos creates Tochtli's half-corrupt, half-innocent world . . . with a brilliant, tragi-comic light touch." --Jane Shilling, " Daily Mail ""Juan Pablo Villalobos has done a masterful job creating a child narrator . . . "Down the Rabbit Hole" is, on the surface, innocent, clever and lovable, but its implications are deeply disturbing . . . [it] is a remarkable reflection on the uncontrollable narco violence that defines contemporary Mexico. And it's an absolute must read." --"The Coffin Factory""The riveting voice of Tochtli grasps our hearts as we realize that this is a world where even fate can be governed by power. In this miasma of pathos and politics, "Down the Rabbit Hole" brilliantly incorporates dreams, loyalty and the loss of innocence." --Alice Tao, "The Houston Chronicle" "With this book we have discovered Juan Pablo Villalobos, a linguistic virtuoso able to penetrate the elusive world of literature, sheddi