Down the Rabbit Hole: A Novel

By Juan Pablo Villalobos

"A short and majestic debut." ―Matías Néspolo, El Mundo

Tochtli lives in a palace. He loves hats, samurai, guillotines, and dictionaries, and what he wishes greater than something instantaneously is a brand new puppy for his inner most zoo: a pygmy hippopotamus from Liberia. yet Tochtli is a baby whose father is a drug baron at the verge of taking on a strong cartel, and Tochtli is starting to be up in a luxurious hideout that he stocks with hit males, prostitutes, purchasers, servants, and the unusual corrupt flesh presser or . Long-listed for The dad or mum First booklet Award, Down the Rabbit Hole, a masterful and darkly comedian first novel, is the chronicle of a delirious trip to furnish a kid's wish.

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While we use machetes to chop off heads. the variation among the guillotine and the machete is that the guillotine is devastating. With a guillotine, you could bring to a halt a head in precisely one slice. while with a machete you'll want to do plenty extra slices, not less than 4. And with the guillotine you may make immaculate cuts, you don’t even splatter blood round. incidentally, Franklin Gómez begun being Franklin Gómez the day past within the airport. That’s what his passport from the rustic of Honduras says: Franklin Gómez. there have been difficulties simply because Franklin Gómez didn’t are looking to be Franklin Gómez. until eventually Winston López confident him. Franklin Gómez idea this identify was once suspicious and he wouldn’t be allowed to shuttle. Then Winston López confirmed him the game within the newspaper. The day sooner than, Mexico and the rustic of Honduras had performed a soccer fit. with a purpose to persuade Franklin Gómez to turn into Franklin Gómez, Winston López learn him out the line-up for Honduras: Astor Henríquez, Maynor Figueroa, Junior Izaguirre, Wilson Palacios, Eddy Vega, Wilmer Velásquez, Milton Núñez … Franklin Gómez nonetheless wasn’t certain, announcing staff of Hondurans traveling to Monrovia will be very suspicious. Then Winston López requested him who on the earth offers a fuck approximately Honduras or Liberia and every thing used to be looked after out. Winston López advised me approximately ten occasions that I needed to study the names and that i couldn’t go wrong. we're: Winston López, Franklin Gómez and Junior López. If i am getting it fallacious we won’t be capable of get to Monrovia. yet I’ve obtained a very sturdy reminiscence, we’ll certainly get there. I bought to be Junior López, even though Franklin Gómez calls me JR. Winston López advised him to forestall pissing round, yet Franklin Gómez thinks that if we’re going to get to Monrovia we have to act clearly. You act clearly should you are looking to be strong at mendacity and dishonest. Yolcaut is familiar with much approximately performing certainly: he acts clearly whilst he says the room with the weapons and rifles is empty. yet those are issues that occurred to Tochtli and Usagi, who're mutes, yet to not Junior López. After Paris we need to take extra planes to get to Monrovia. One airplane that takes us from Europe to Africa and one other that takes us from Africa to Monrovia. Winston López says traveling to Monrovia is as tricky as crusing to Lagos de Moreno. Lagos de Moreno is Miztli’s village and it doesn’t have lakes or charros. It has plenty of clergymen and a tiny little stinking river that now not even a motorboat can get down. Franklin Gómez says attending to Monrovia is as tough as traveling from one third-world kingdom to a different third-world nation. Franklin Gómez has come to Monrovia with us simply because he can communicate French and English. Monrovia is the capital of the rustic of Liberia the place the Liberian pygmy hippopotamuses stay and the place the Monrovians communicate English. within the airplane from Paris, Franklin Gómez spoke French to the French servant ladies. And spent the complete trip ingesting the French people’s champagne. Winston López advised him to exploit being in first-class, which isn’t for individuals loss of life of starvation like him.

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