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Horacio Castellanos Moya was born in 1957 in Honduras, but grew up in El Salvador. He became famous in 1997 with his novel El asco (Nausea), because of which he was forced into exile. Before that he had worked as a journalist and writer in Canada, Costa Rica, Spain and Mexico. After two years spent in Frankfurt, he lives in exile as part of the City of Asylum project in Pittsburgh, USA.
This is very special. It’s a dizzy, chatty monologue from a girl friend of a prominent San Salvadorean murdered society wife who gives us her take on the case, the politics, the economic and sexual chaos of a post-civil war state. It is breathlessly delivered and breathtaking to read, with a hell of a final punch. It’s short, a perfect gem, I was immensely impressed. Comparison: J M Coetzee, Bernhard Schlink, Richard Bausch.