MAURO JAVIER CARDENAS
One of this fall’s top debut novels gets to be heard from here tonight, as Mauro Javier Cardenas, hailing originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, is here to read from his raucous, spirited novel, The Revolutionaries Try Again (Coffee House). “Beware of this writer! The book you’re holding bites. If the reader dares enter after this warning, he’ll never forget it, and the memory will stay just as sharp as the humor and velocity in the stories themselves. Incisive, forceful, and written in an English that’s fiercely subversive, The Revolutionaries Try Again evokes a pair of great Latin American novels: Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives and Cortázar’s Hopscotch. But this book goes even further: it’s the novel we’ve been waiting for, witness to the most recent wave of immigration from Latin America to the US, told through the eyes of a privileged class that forces their conationals out of their countries. It’s been ten years since a book this alive, this incandescent, has fallen into my hands.” —Carmen Boullosa. “In The Revolutionaries Try Again, Mauro Javier Cardenas has taken the edifice of arch modernism and suffused it with tender details of a boyhood in Ecuador. The long, unraveling sentences reveal an extraordinarily musical ear. This is a debut that will last.” —Karan Mahajan.