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L.A. Diary: Notes from a Mexikorean Country

Juan Pablo Villalobos

Translated by Annie McDermott

‘I was reassured to see that my hotel does not resemble the one in The Shining.’

Juan Pablo Villalobos

Juan Pablo Villalobos was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1973. He studied marketing and Spanish literature. He has written on topics as diverse as the influence of the avant-garde on the work of César Aira and the flexibility of pipelines for electrical installations. He now lives in Brazil and has two Mexican-Brazilian-Italian-Catalan children. Down the Rabbit Hole was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award 2011, and his latest book, Quesadillas, was published in 2013.

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Translated by Annie McDermott

Annie McDermott translates fiction and poetry from Spanish and Portuguese. She has previously lived and worked in Mexico City, Mexico and São Paulo, Brazil, and is now based in London. Her translations include Empty Words and The Luminous Novel, by the Uruguayan writer Mario Levrero, and City of Ulysses by Teolinda Gersão, co-translated with Jethro Soutar.

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