Julian Rios. Richard Alan Francis & Suzanne Jill Levine, translators.
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At a masquerade party in an abandoned mansion in London, Milalias (disguised as Don Juan) searches for Babelle (as Sleeping Beauty) through a linguistic funhouse of puns and wordplay, in a novel that recalls Joyce's Finnegans Wake. A mock-scholarly commentary reveals the backgrounds of the masked revellers, while Julián Ríos's allusive language shows that words too wear masks, hiding an astonishing range of further meanings and implications.
"This is a precedent-breaking parade of shifting identities and kaleidoscopic word play … for polygluttonous lovers of word chicanery."—Library Journal
"Larva is a great novel of language…. This adventure in the Spanish language easily translates into English because the creative urge is the same in both, and because Rios is the most cosmopolitan of contemporary writers."—Carlos Fuentes