Good Cripple by Rodrigo Rey RosaGood Cripple by Rodrigo Rey Rosa

Good Cripple

byRodrigo Rey RosaTranslated byAllen Esther

Paperback | June 1, 2004

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A young man, Juan Luis Luna, is kidnapped in Guatemala City and held at the bottom of a rusty, empty underground fuel tank in an abandoned gas station. The kidnappers demand a ransom; his rich father does not reply. The kidnappers threaten to cut off his son's foot and still hear nothing. They then slice off one of Juan Luis's toes and send it to his father, who still refuses to act. So the next day... The Good Cripple obsessively focused, chilling, allegorical is stunningly explosive. With its enigmatic beginning, however, and its circular relentless structure, the novel is also dense with ideas: can one be whole after mutilation? Can the injured transcend violence? Rodrigo Rey Rosa's style is of a lithe pristine clarity, but beneath that calm surface cruelty, revenge, and diffidence churn darkly away. The Good Cripple is an astonishingly intense book, and as unforgettable as the sight of "the place where the foot had been severed, where a circle of red flesh, now a little black along the edges, could be seen, with a concentric circle of white bone that was both milky and glassy..."
Esther Allen has translated Javier Marias, Jorge Luis Borges, Felisberto Hernandez, Flaubert, Rosario Castellanos, Blaise Cendrars, Marie Darrieussecq, and Jose Marti. She is currently a professor at Baruch College (CUNY) and has directed the work of the PEN Translation Fund since its founding in 2003. Allen has received a Fulbright Gr...
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Title:Good CrippleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.4 inPublished:June 1, 2004Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0811215660

ISBN - 13:9780811215664

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A writer of unprecedented originality, of an exigency that removes him from any common standing. Essential and necessary. — VanguardiaAudacious, magical...a marvel of poetic efficiency and power. Rey Rosa deftly collapses the frontier that lies between consciousness and unconsciousness, language and silence, civilization and barbarism. — The San Francisco ChronicleA sense of violent unease shading into terror drifts up from every line...his writing has a sharp, almost sadistic edge. — The Times Literary Supplement (London)