Private: Yuri HERRERA

Señales que precederán al fin del mundo

Periférica, 2009


(World rights in Arabic language, Sefsafa); (Brazil,  Bertrand); (Croatian Fraktura); (Finland, Sammakko), (France, Gallimard); (Germany, S. Fischer); (Greece, Kastaniotis); (Italy, La Nuova Frontiera), (The Netherlands, Wereldbibliotheek); (Norway, Cappelen Damm); (Sweden, Nilsson Förlag); (Turkey, Notos Kitap); (UK-US, And Other Stories)


«A drug trafficking novel and implicit criticism of drug trafficking novels, already a little literary gem. Herrera has surpassed all expectations with this novel, where he is once again the master of his resources, taking them to extremes of enormous efficiency and linguistic beauty. It’s as though the grandchildren of Pedro Páramo or Susana San Juan had become wetbacks from the beginning of the twenty first century.» Jorge Volpi, Milenio


Undoubtedly one of the most unique books written in Spanish at this last turn of the century. And also one of the most beautiful and precise. Like in his previous novel, Yuri Herrera does not “simply” write about Mexico and the border but rather creates his own Mexico through stories and legends of the past and present. And he precisely draws the map of a territory that is even more massive than pre-Colombian cultures, made as much of what is real and earthly as what is underneath and mythological. The person who travels through this territory by way of the nine stages of myths is Makina, a character without comparison in today’s literature who seems extremely true to life, despite living in what is perhaps an underworld. It will only take two pages, or one, of this book: readers won’t be able to put down this fabulous story that tells much more than Makina’s voyage in search of her brother.