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Bad Nature, or With Elvis in Mexico


Javier Marías (Author), Esther Allen (Translator)

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A gem of a Marías story: Elvis and his entourage abandon their translator in a seedy cantina full of enraged criminals.

“It all happened because of Elvis Presley.” Elvis, down south of the border to film a movie, has insisted his producers hire a proper Spaniard so that he can pronounce his few lines in Spanish with a Castillian accent. But Ruibérriz has taken on much more than he bargained for. One fatal night, horseplay in a local bar goes too far: a fatuous drunken American insults the local kingpin, and when the thug insists that Ruibérriz translate, Elvis himself adds an even more stinging comment—and who must translate that?


“Sexy, contemplative, elusive, and addictive.” — San Francisco Bay Guardian

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