Horacio Castellanos Moya

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Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador

Fiction by Horacio Castellanos Moya

Translated from the Spanish by Lee Klein

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The Dream of My Return

Fiction by Horacio Castellanos Moya

Translated by Katherine Silver

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Tyrant Memory

Fiction by Horacio Castellanos Moya

Translated from the Spanish by Katherine Silver

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The She-Devil in the Mirror

Fiction by Horacio Castellanos Moya

Translated from the Spanish by Katherine Silver

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Senselessness

Fiction by Horacio Castellanos Moya

Translated from the Spanish by Katherine Silver

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Moya’s books rank among the strangest and most incisive contemporary Latin American works brought into our language.

—Michael LaPointe, Los Angeles Review of Books

Readers who appreciate literature that ridicules intolerance and brutality will celebrate the appearance of Lee Klein’s translation of Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador—an essential text in the oeuvre of Honduran-born Salvadoran author Horacio Castellanos Moya—nineteen years after its first publication.

Rain Taxi

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

—James Wood, The New Yorker

Through imitation, a hybrid gem of fiction is born.

—Mark Haber, LitHub

A blistering novella that satisfies the darkness clouding the cynical side of our souls.

Numéro Cinq

Revulsion has a lot to teach us… It may be a gift, and it is very comforting, but lonely anger won’t help you in the end.

The New Inquiry

[Revulsion] hums with frenetic energy; a foreboding din both jarring and ruthless.

Powell’s

A scathing, electric, brief novel, an unrelenting diatribe taking aim at everything.

Booklist

The book’s atmosphere of exasperated rage feels itchy, jagged, and real.

The Paris Review

Moya is as whip smart as any of them, and as pissed off; and the reader would do well to read carefully, lest they feel the lash of his well-earned condescension.

Full Stop

A tribute and a parody as well as an original voice.

Bookforum

You can get out of breath reading Moya, who seems to have some occult command over the relationship between subject matter and the kinetics of the language chosen to present it. There are no longueurs in this book.

—Norman Rush, New York Review of Books

Acid humor, like a Buster Keaton movie or a time bomb

—Roberto Bolaño

Humor amid the madness and evil. Don’t let the breezy, often funny and frequently irreverent tone fool you.

—John Greenya, Washington Times

A welcome eye-opening addition to this new literature of the Latin American nightmare.

—Anderson Tepper, Timer Out New York

Castellanos Moya has turned anxiety into an art form and an act of rebellion, and redeemed paranoia as a positive indicator of rot.

—Natasha Wimmer, The Nation

A slender tour-de-force: a rich, complex, beautifully crafted act of ventriloquism whose brevity belies its range.

—Tom Andes, The Rumpus

In this taut, mesmerizing story of the brain’s far-reaching functions, Moya once again proves to be a master storyteller.

—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

The Dream of My Return is a pleasurable, light-footed book, yet its final scene, which takes place in the airport as Erasmo debates whether to board the plane, has the tension of a thriller.

—Charles Finch, The New York Times Book Review

Fantastic.

—Junot Diaz

Acid humor, like a Buster Keaton movie or a time bomb.

—Roberto Bolaño

Hilarious and chilling.

—Sheila Glaser, The New York Times Book Review

Brilliantly funny and unsettling. Moya has turned anxiety into an art form and an act of rebellion, and redeemed paranoia as a positive indicator of rot.

—Natasha Wimmer, The Nation

Moya’s scabrous, forceful, and very funny style is addictive.

—Britt Peterson, Bookforum

Acid humor, like a Buster Keaton movie or a time bomb.

—Roberto Bolaño

The only writer of my generation who knows how to narrate the horror, the secret Vietnam that Latin America was for a long time.

—Roberto Bolaño

I recommend Horacio Castellano Moya’s fanastic Senselessness, in which a writer takes on the dangerous job of editing a report on military atrocities in an unnamed country. Both a descent into hell and a book about how one becomes human. (Best Books of the Year)

—Junot Diaz, New York Magazine

A brilliantly crafted moral fable, as if Kafka had gone to Latin America for his source materials

—Russell Banks

The She-Devil in the Mirror is Horacio Castellanos Moya’s funniest, darkest, most terrifying work. A ‘typical’ superficial telenovela-like Salvadoran upper-class heroine investigates her friend’s murder and somehow her chattery, strenuously bright account of her adventure and her descent toward madness reveals more about intractable corruption, impunity and pure evil in her country than the usual narrators of such stories–terse, noirish, knowning detectives or journalists, for example–ever could.

—Francisco Goldman

This world of domestic charms and public terrors, beautifully captured by Katherine Silver’s translation, casts a seductive spell… Tyrant Memory remains Castellanos Moya’s most ambitious novel to date.

—Sheila Glaser, The New York Times Book Review
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