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'If we lived somewhere normal',
This review is from: Quesadillas (Paperback)
It is the 1980s and 14-year-old Orestes lives in a small makeshift house on El Cerro de la Chingada, which, as the notes helpfully tell us, can be translated as 'the hill in the middle of (f***ing) nowhere'. Every night Orestes battles with his six siblings for the quesadillas prepared by his mother, the number and nature of which fluctuate in response to Mexico's ever-changing economy. The action is driven by Orestes's longing to escape poverty, his house in the back of beyond, and his country's corrupt politics.
"Quesadillas" is a tremendously entertaining novel, enlivened by Orestes's voice - a mixture of frustration, bravado, and rage. Behind the picaresque story there is real anger as Villalobos unleashes the contempt he feels for the politicians of his native country.