Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole

By (author) Juan Pablo Villalobos , Translated by Rosalind Harvey , Introduction by Adam Thirlwell


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"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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  • Paperback | 75 pages
  • 124.46 x 185.42 x 7.62mm | 68.04g
  • 02 Oct 2012
  • Farrar Straus Giroux
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • Americantion.
  • 0374143358
  • 9780374143350
  • 356,306

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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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"Perfectly formed . . . Although easily devoured in one sitting, this clever little book is to be contemplated at length afterwards." --"The Guardian""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, shedding light on many of its mysteries." --Jose Antonio Aguado, "Diari de Terrassa " "With "Down the Rabbit Hole," Juan Pablo Villalobos has made a dramatic entrance into the literary world. It is a book that must be read for its great aesthetic value and darkly humorous tone. A book that throws a clear light on a dark subject." --Teresa Garcia Diaz, "Amerika"

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