I'll Sell You a Dog Paperback / softback
Long before he was the taco seller whose 'Gringo Dog' recipe made him famous throughout Mexico City, our hero was an aspiring artist: an artist, that is, till his would-be girlfriend was stolen by Diego Rivera, and his dreams snuffed out by his hypochondriac mother.
Now our hero is resident in a retirement home, where fending off boredom is far more gruelling than making tacos.
Plagued by the literary salon that bumps about his building's lobby and haunted by the self-pitying ghost of a neglected artist, Villalobos' old man can't help but misbehave: he antagonises his neighbours, tortures American missionaries with passages from Adorno, and flirts with the revolutionary greengrocer.
A delicious take-down of pretensions to cultural posterity, I'll Sell You a Dog is a comic novel whose absurd inventions, scurrilous antics and oddball characters are vintage Villalobos.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: And Other Stories
- Publication Date: 04/08/2016
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781908276742