Palinuro of Mexico

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Dalkey Archive Press, 1996 - Fiction - 557 pages
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Winner of Mexico's Premio Novela Mexico, Spain's Romulo Gallegos Prize for best Spanish-language novel, and France's Priz de Meilleur Livre Etranger for best foreign book,  Palinuro of Mexico is a masterpiece which ranks with the finest achievements of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Carlos Fuentes, and Mario Vargas Llosa.

Palinuro, a medical student, is born into a polygenetic family: Uncle Esteban, who fled from Hungary during the Great War and traveled across the world to Mexico, clinging to his dream of becoming a doctor; Grandpa Francisco, a Freemason and old-time companion of Pancho Villa; Uncle Austin, an ex-British marine; grandmothers, aunts, cousins -- an eccentric menage. Since childhood, Palinuro has loved his first cousin, Estefania, with an overwhelming and consuming passion. They indulge their incestuous desires and bizarre fantasies in a room in the Plaza Santa Domingo.

Drawing from a cultural cornucopia, del Paso propels Palinuro and his companions though the real and the imaginary realms of mythology, science, politics, social comment, the arts, advertising and pornography. This labyrinthine tour de force is a fusion of Rabelaisian wit, Swiftian satire, Shakespearean invention and pastiche ranging from Hawthorne to Galdos.

  

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Palinuro of Mexico (World Literature Series)

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Del Paso's hefty epic comes billed as a literary tour de force worthy of Rabelais or Swift or Garcia Marquez, and it's refreshing to report that it lives up to its billing. At its richly embroidered ... Read full review

Contents

PART ONE 1 The Grand Illusion
3
Estefania in Wonderland
18
My first encounter with Palinuro
36
A few words about Estefania
57
The Universal Eye
74
Sponsalia Plantarum and the room in Holy Sunday Square
91
In the name of science
106
The death of our mirror
122
Our daily bread
245
Molkass Milkrun
263
PART
281
Loves labours lost
283
A Technicolor mass
299
Oh my darling Clementine
320
this house of the sick
336
A story other stories
378

The happy half the sad half the fragile half of the world
138
The Olendorf method and the general with a hundred glass eyes
162
Palinuros Travels among the Advertising Agencies and other Imaginary Islands
178
Cousin Walters erudition and Tristram Shandys apples
227
The Priaprank
394
A bullet very close to the heart and reflections on incest
414
The tragicomic sense of life
432
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