Down the Rabbit Hole: Shortlisted for the 2011 Guardian First Book Award  (Paperback)
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Down the Rabbit Hole: Shortlisted for the 2011 Guardian First Book Award (Paperback)

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Shortlisted for the 2011 Guardian First Book Award and the 2012 Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize

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 powerful cartel, and Tochtli is growing up in a luxury hideout that he shares with hit men, prostitutes, dealers, servants and the odd corrupt politician or two.

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

Publisher: And Other Stories
ISBN: 9781913505578
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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'Down the Rabbit Hole is a miniature high-speed experiment with perspective ... a deliberate, wild attack on the conventions of literature.' Adam Thirlwell---'This is a novel about failing to understand the bigger picture, and in its absence we can see it more clearly.' Nicholas Lezard, Choice of the Week, The Guardian ----'Juan Pablo Villalobos brilliantly encapsulates the chaos of a lawless existence in which anything might happen and everything goes.' Lucy Popescu, The Independent----'The cumulative parodic effect is chillingly powerful.' Edward King, Sunday Times----'Villalobos creates Tochtli's half-corrupt, half-innocent world with a brilliant, tragi-comic light touch.' Jane Shilling, Daily Mail----'A novel that breaks our hearts (which we knew were broken, but still hurt) and invites us to both laugh and think.' El Economista

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“Down the Rabbit Hole”

If you make your protagonist the spoiled 12-year-old son of a Mexican drug lord, then you have the outline of your story already. Add to the mix that this son wants to become the proud owner of a Liberian Baby... More

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“The only book that has made me laugh out loud!”

Set in Mexico, this short and punchy book is narrated by the unreliable Tochtli, the seven-year-old son of a drug baron. Tochtli reads the dictionary every night, is obsessed with hats and guillotines, and also with... More

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