Down the Rabbit Hole: A Novel

By Juan Pablo Villalobos

"A short and majestic debut." ―Matías Néspolo, El Mundo

Tochtli lives in a palace. He loves hats, samurai, guillotines, and dictionaries, and what he wishes greater than whatever without delay is a brand new puppy for his inner most zoo: a pygmy hippopotamus from Liberia. yet Tochtli is a baby whose father is a drug baron at the verge of taking up a strong cartel, and Tochtli is growing to be up in a luxurious hideout that he stocks with hit males, prostitutes, buyers, servants, and the peculiar corrupt flesh presser or . Long-listed for The mother or father First ebook Award, Down the Rabbit Hole, a masterful and darkly comedian first novel, is the chronicle of a delirious trip to furnish a kid's wish.

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You place one on and you're feeling like working off all by yourself to invade the closest nation. yet at the present time I didn’t suppose like invading nations or beginning wars. this day used to be a disastrous day. within the afternoon Mazatzin didn’t supply me any homework and allow me examine an issue of my selection. It’s whatever we do occasionally, almost always whilst I’m unwell and locate it not easy to concentrate. I researched the rustic of Liberia. in keeping with the encyclopaedia, Liberia used to be based within the 19th century by means of those that used to paintings as slaves within the state of the USA. They have been African American humans. Their bosses set them loose they usually went to reside in Africa. the matter used to be that there have been already other folks residing there, the African humans. And so the African American humans shaped the govt of the rustic of Liberia and the African humans didn’t. That’s why they spend their complete time scuffling with wars and killing one another. And now they’re all pretty well demise of starvation. it sort of feels just like the state of Liberia is a disastrous nation. Mexico is a disastrous state, too. It’s the sort of disastrous state that you simply can’t pay money for a Liberian pygmy hippopotamus. truly, that’s what you name being a third-world nation. Politicians are those who make advanced offers. And they’re no longer even precocious humans, on the contrary. That’s what Yolcaut says, that to earn thousands of pesos you don’t have to repeat the notice ‘democracy’ such a lot of instances. this present day I met the fourteenth or 15th individual i do know and he used to be a political candidate referred to as the Governor. He got here to have dinner at our palace simply because Cinteotl makes a truly tasty eco-friendly pozole. Cinteotl is the cook dinner at our palace and he or she understands tips to make the entire varieties of pozole that exist on the earth, that is 3: the golf green style, the white sort and the pink style. I don’t like pozole a lot, usually simply because it’s received cooked lettuce in it, that's ridiculous. Lettuce is for salads and sandwiches. additionally you are making pozole with pigs’ heads: as soon as I peeped into the pot and there have been tooth and ears floating round within the broth. Sordid. The issues i admire are enchiladas, quesadillas and tacos al pastor. i admire tacos al pastor with no the pineapple, simply because pineapple on a taco is ridiculous too. I not often positioned any chilli on my enchiladas, simply because in a different way my stomach hurts much. The Governor is a guy who thinks he governs the folk who dwell in a nation. Yolcaut says the Governor doesn’t govern an individual, no longer even his fucking mom. as a minimum the Governor is a pleasant guy, even if he has a tuft of white hair in the midst of his head that he doesn’t shave off. I had a good time hearing Yolcaut and the Governor speaking. however the Governor didn’t. His face was once all purple, as though it used to be going to blow up, simply because i used to be consuming a few quesadillas whereas that they had eco-friendly pozole and mentioned their cocaine enterprise. Yolcaut advised him to quiet down, that i used to be the right age, that we have been a gang and in gangs you don’t cover the reality. Then the Governor requested me how previous i used to be and while I instructed him he made up our minds i used to be nonetheless too younger to grasp approximately that kind of factor.

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