Down the Rabbit HolePaperback - 2012
"A brief and majestic debut." --Matías Néspolo, El Mundo
Tochtli lives in a palace. He loves hats, samurai, guillotines, and dictionaries, and what he wants more than anything right now is a new pet for his private zoo: a pygmy hippopotamus from Liberia. But Tochtli is a child whose father is a drug baron on the verge of taking over a powerful cartel, and Tochtli is growing up in a luxury hideout that he shares with hit men, prostitutes, dealers, servants, and the odd corrupt politician or two. Long-listed for The Guardian First Book Award, Down the Rabbit Hole , a masterful and darkly comic first novel, is the chronicle of a delirious journey to grant a child's wish.
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Books don't have anything in them about the present, only the past and the future. This is one of the biggest defects of books. Someone should invent a book that tells you what's happening at this moment, as you read. It must be harder to write that sort of book than the futuristic ones that predict the future. That's why they don't exist. And that's why I have to go and investigate reality.
Hair is a dead part of the body. For example: when you get your hair cut it doesn't hurt. And if it doesn't hurt it's because it's dead. It does hurt when someone pulls it, but it's not the hair that hurts, it's your scalp. I researched it in my free time with Mazatzin. Hair is like a corpse you wear on your head while you're alive.
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