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One of our best sellers, Down the Rabbit Hole deals with the escalating drug-violence inMexico today through the perspective of a gang-leader’s son, Tochtli (‘rabbit’ in Nahuatl, the Aztec tongue). Ensconced in his ‘palace’ for his own protection, Tochtli unfolds a study of isolation which leads to a distorted view of the world outside, and to corresponding distortions in his bizarre, dictionary-learnt vocabulary. Much of the touching humour of his voice derives from misuse of his favourite words, among them ‘disastrous’, ‘pathetic’, ‘sordid’, ‘immaculate’ and ‘enigmatic’. Published by small press And Other Stories, whose fledgling list specialises in exceptional domestic and translated fiction, Villalobos’ debut was also shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Prize.

And Other Stories/paperback/£10.00/9781908276001

Dan Eltringham

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