The Reef: A Novel

The Reef: A Novel

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Overview

A Caribbean resort specializing in faked cartel kidnappings is the site for Villoro’s profound and satirical murder mystery.


Amidst stagings of guerilla warfare, rumors of killer bees and encroaching cartel activity, recovering ex-rocker, Tony Góngora, attempts to solve the mystery of an American scuba-diver’s murder. As he tries to piece together the events of the crime, Tony uncovers his own bizarre and illuminating memories: of a fatherless childhood spent in the high-risk company of his eccentric friend and the hotel’s manager; playing gigs with The Velvet Underground; joining a Japanese pop group. Against the backdrop of a deteriorating climate, a fast-eroding beachfront, official corruption, cartel violence, and delusional Western escapism, Tony and an international cast of hotel staffers make and break alliances as the personal begins to echo the political, and artifice and reality start to blur. With his signature wit, originality, and dashes of dazzling social theory, Villoro has created a biting satire of tourism and a brilliant analogy for Mexico’s unique position in global politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807600214
Publisher: Braziller, George Inc.
Publication date: 05/23/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,194,271
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Juan Villoro is one of Mexico’s most prolific, prize-winning fiction writers. His books have won the Herralde Award, Antonin Artaud Award and The Reef was shortlisted for the Rezzori Prize. He lives in Mexico City and is a visiting lecturer at Yale and Princeton Universities.

Yvette Siegert is a poet and translator based in New
York.

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