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Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos, Adam Thirlwell

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Shortlistedfor the Guardian First Book Award 2011.

Down the Rabbit Hole, a masterful and darkly-comic first novel, is the chronicle of a delirious journey to grant a child's wish.

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Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos, Adam Thirlwell

Shortlistedfor the Guardian First Book Award 2011.

Tochtli lives in a palace. He loves hats, samurai, guillotines and dictionaries, and what he wants more than anything right now is a new pet for his private zoo: a pygmy hippopotamus from Liberia. But Tochtli is a child whose father is a drug baron on the verge of taking over a cartel, and Tochtli is growing up in a luxury hideout that he shares with hit men, dealers, and the odd corrupt politician or two


'A beautifully realised short novel that narrates the daily life of a powerful drug lord ensconced in his palatial hideaway, seen through the clear eyes of his young son ... A brief and majestic debut that converts the drug novelA into a fascinating narrative.'
Matias Nespolo, El Mundo

'A novel that breaks our hearts (which we knew were broken, but still hurt) and invites us to both laugh and think.'
El Economista

'Amidst this boom of so-called narco-literatureA , Villalobos has managed to avoid lapsing into moralism through the voice of his child narrator, which is strange and cruel in its innocence.'
El Pais

About the Author

Juan Pablo Villalobos was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1973. He now lives in Madrid, Spain, and has two Mexican-Brazilian-Italian-Catalan children. Down the Rabbit Hole is his first novel and is being translated into seven languages.

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Publication date

1st September 2011


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