thoughts on Yun Ko-eun’s newly-translated novel, an interview with Juan Pablo Villalobos, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Juan Pablo Villalobos Interviewed, Alex DiFrancesco, Adapting Edith Wharton, George Saunders, and More
In our afternoon reading: a conversation with Juan Pablo Villalobos, exploring the fiction of George Saunders, and more.
Alien Abductions, Poverty, and Frisky Cows: A Review of Juan Pablo Villalobos’s “Quesadillas”
Quesadillas by Juan Pablo Villalobos; translated by Rosalind Harvey Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 168 p. Poverty haunts in meticulous ways in Quesadillas, Juan Pablo Villalobos’s second novel. There are the ways that its narrator’s family can be organized: their academic father has given each child a name rooted in the classics. Orestes, the second oldest, here recounts the story of a life on the margins of society, his parents insisting on their presence in the middle class, the minutiae of […]