A writer of unprecedented originality, of an exigency that removes him from any common standing…Essential and necessary.
Vanguardia

The Good Cripple

Fiction by Rodrigo Rey Rosa

Translated from the Portuguese by Esther Allen

An explosive novel from Guatemala’s premiere young writer Rodrigo Rey Rosa, The Good Cripple is obsessively focused and chilling. It is also allegorical––and under the calm surface of Rodrigo Rey Rosa’s lithe style questions about violence, mutilation, and revenge churn darkly away.

A young man, Juan Luis Luna, is abducted in Guatemala City and held at the bottom of a rusty, empty underground fuel tank in an abandoned gas station. The kidnappers demand a ransom; his rich father does not reply. The criminals threaten to cut off his son’s foot and still hear nothing. They then slice off one of Juan Luis’s toes and send it to his father, who still refuses to act. So the next day…

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Paperback (published May 1, 2004)

ISBN
9780811215664
Price US
13.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
144

Rodrigo Rey Rosa

20th century Guatemalan novelist

A writer of unprecedented originality, of an exigency that removes him from any common standing…Essential and necessary.
Vanguardia