Sudden Death (Paperback)
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Sudden Death (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 14/04/2016
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A funny and mind-bending novel about the clash of empires and ideas in the sixteenth century, told over the course of one dazzling tennis match. A brutal tennis match in Rome. Two formidable opponents: the wild Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and the loutish Spanish poet Francisco de Quevedo. Galileo, Saint Matthew and Mary Magdalene heckle from the sidelines. In England, Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII execute Anne Boleyn, and her executioner transforms her legendary locks into the most sought-after tennis balls of the time. Across the ocean in Mexico, the last Aztec emperors play their own games, as Hernan Cortes and his Mayan translator and lover scheme and conquer, fight and fuck, not knowing that their domestic comedy will change the course of history. Over the course of one dazzling tennis match - through assassinations and executions, carnal liaisons and papal dramas, artistic and religious revolutions, love and war - Sudden Death tells the grand adventure of the clash of empires and the dawn of the modern era.


"A complex historical pageant of astonishing richness" -  The Guardian

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781846558832
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A complex historical pageant of astonishing richness" * Guardian, Best Books of 2016 *
"Engaging, audacious, and flat-out fun... Sudden Death marks the arrival of a major player on the capital-L courts of literature" * Vice *
"Intellectually formidable... Enrigue is a cerebral and sanguine Spanish-Language postmodernist... It takes literary bravery to be this candid as a writer" * New Statesman *
"Dazzlingly clever and thrillingly original" * Mail on Sunday *
"Exhilarating, funny, and surprisingly sexy... Enrigue turns historical figures into real, flesh-and-blood people and really gets you thinking about art and history: what qualifies as either - and why" * Buzzfeed *
"Brilliant... Enrigue has crafted a tennis allegory for the modern age: a heady, raucous meditation on chaos, power, language and the ways in which history is created and preserved... Enrigue blends historical elements with fantasy to conjure a light, knowing and very funny history in which the present is always lurking beneath the surface... Enrigue's prose is endlessly inventive, full of aphorisms, wry anecdotes and swaggering declarations." * Financial Times *
"Ingenius and clever... Engagingly original... There are traces of Pynchon's zany allure... Sudden Death is rich and lively with warmth which counters the bleakness of history." -- Eileen Battersby * Irish Times *
"Endlessly inventive" * Guardian, Best Books of 2016 *
"Glorious... [Enrigue's] approach has both great entertainment value and intellectual appeal, especially as a corrective to a Eurocentric view of history... A splendid introduction to Mr. Enrigue's varied body of work" * New York Times *
"A rare example of an artful, comedic, deeply literary novel with the potential to become a fixture on bookshelves everywhere" * Flavorwire *

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