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Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador

by Horacio Castellanos Moya

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An intense writer, whose short novels take fierce satiric hold of a fictional concept and squeeze and squeeze.

James Wood

The 1997 novel that put Horacio Castellanos Moya on the map, now published for the first time in English


Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador

Fiction by Horacio Castellanos Moya

translated from the Spanish by Lee Klein

An expatriate professor, Vega, returns from exile in Canada to El Salvador for his mother’s funeral. A sensitive idealist and an aggrieved motor mouth, he sits at a bar with the author, Castellanos Moya, from five to seven in the evening, telling his tale and ranting against everything his country has to offer. Written in a single paragraph and alive with a fury as astringent as the wrath of Thomas Bernhard, Revulsion was first published in 1997 and earned its author death threats. Roberto Bolaño called Revulsion Castellanos Moya’s darkest book and perhaps his best: “A parody of certain works by Bernhard and the kind of book that makes you laugh out loud.”

published July 26th, 2016