The Dream of My Return

The Dream of My Return

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High-octane paranoia deranges a writer and fuels a dangerous plan to return home at the tail end of El Salvador's long civil war.Is the plan a dream or a nightmare?Is he courageous, foolhardy, or just plain dumb?Is the bubbling brew of horrors and threats actual or imagined?After he seeks relief for liver pain through hypnosis (while drinking more than ever, despite the treatments), his few impulse-control mechanisms rapidly dissolve, and reality only rarely intrudes on his cogitations. Harebrained murder plots, half-mad arguments, hysterical rants: the narrative escalates at a maniacal pace, infused with Horacio Castellanos Moya's uniquely outlandish and acerbic sense of humor.
A high-octane paranoia deranges a writer and fuels a dangerous plan to return home to El Salvador.

Baker & Taylor
An exiled journalist in Mexico rapidly unravels as he breaks up with his wife, drinks excessively, and treats his liver pain with hypnosis.

Publisher: New York :, New Directions Books,, 2015
ISBN: 9780811223430
Characteristics: 136 pages
Additional Contributors: Silver, Katherine - Translator


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Apr 20, 2015

"I was so happy I threw the towel into the air, and with it, my remorse and my hangover, life was finally smiling at me, damn right. . ."
A great find for fans of South American lit (G.G. Marquez, Borges, Bolano). Moya's from Honduras, but lives in the States.

lib_apart Apr 07, 2015

I guess this wasn't the book for me, or I'm not used to this style of writing. The protagonist descends into paranoia. Reminded me a bit of a Hunter S. Thompson narrative at times.

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