Pin It
Favourite

Lotería 

by Mario Alberto Zambrano (HarperCollins)

click to enlarge review_feature2.jpg

This little gem of a book is, in the way that only Mexican, Central and South American literature can be, as dark and gritty as it is poetic; as fanciful as it is starkly realist. Using the deck of the Mexican Bingo-style card game, Lotería, as its visual and contextual muse, a family saga is told in 54 chapters, each thematically linked to a card. The cards themselves, which feature everyday objects,---El Melón; El Paraguas---mythological creatures ---La Sirena; El Diablito---and concepts central to Mexican culture---La Rosa; La Calavera---are representative of the complexity and range of this novel: a heartbreaking narrative that is just as funny as it is tragic and domestic. My only complaint is that perhaps the diches---rhymes associated with each card, explaining their meaning---might have been included. Don’t read this book without doing a bit of research---it will increase your enjoyment exponentially.

Tags:

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Literary

In Print This Week

Vol 24, No 34
January 19, 2017

Cover Gallery »


Real Time Web Analytics

© 2017 Coast Publishing Ltd.