El Vendido

El Vendido

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A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, he spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. He is led to believe that his father's pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes. But when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, he realizes there never was a memoir. All that's left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral. Fueled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident―the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins―he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 145 x 216 x 23mm | 540g
  • Spain
  • Spanish
  • New edition
  • 8416665699
  • 9788416665693
  • 2,108,585

Review Text

Después de que su padre sea asesinado por la policía, nuestro protagonista, un agricultor urbano y fumador habitual de marihuana, se embarca en un controvertido experimento social: reintroducir la esclavitud en una comunidad afroamericana de la California contemporánea. Decide también abrazar la causa de reubicar en el mapa Dickens, su ciudad natal, un villorrio de mala muerte del que no se conserva rastro alguno en ningún mapa de la región y cuyos habitantes ni siquiera son dignos de figurar en el listín telefónico, pues así lo ha decidido el mercado de la especulación inmobiliaria. Sobre tan disfuncional y variopinta estampa arranca esta desternillante novela que hizo las delicias del jurado del Man Booker Prize.
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Review quote

"Swiftian satire of the highest order . . . Giddy, scathing and dazzling." ―Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal, on the English-language edition
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About Paul Beatty

Paul Beatty is an American poet, novelist, and a professor of creative writing at Columbia University. His books include Tuff, Slumberland, and El vendido, the latter of which earned him the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, making him the first American to receive that award.
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60,418 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 27% (16,499)
4 37% (22,547)
3 23% (14,060)
2 8% (4,953)
1 4% (2,359)
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