Blood was one thing he knew, and he could see that his was different. Could see it in the way the man filled all the space without any sense of urgency and with an all-knowing air ... Then he saw the jewels that graced him and he knew: he was a King.
On the streets of a sprawling Mexican city, the Artist plays his accordion and sings: born into begging, he earns a living by the sweetness of his voice. Performing for a drug baron and his bodyguard one evening, the Artist recognises the power of his audience, and sees a way out. Swearing fealty at the 'court' of the King, he is allowed to live on the drug lord's compound, in exchange for composing flattering chronicles of the characters and lives inside. But the reign of such a King is often short, and the Artist is forced to witness not only the dizzy successes, but the inevitable crash of this fragile world.
Told in a heady mixture of baroque imagery and contemporary street slang, Kingdom Cons is a wild and highly original take on the very real situation in Mexico today.About the Author:
Yuri Herrera is one of the most acclaimed contemporary Latin American authors. Born in Actopan, Mexico in 1970, he gained his doctorate in Hispanic Language and Literature at the University of California in Berkeley. He is editor of the literary magazine El Perro and a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Kingdom Cons (original title Trabajos del reino) was first published in Spanish in 2003 and has won prizes on both sides of the Atlantic.
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