In this epistolary novel that blurs the line between reality and fiction, Mario Bellatin writes to a mysterious correspondent he has only met once, to discuss the mysteries of the resurrection of the flesh. Bellatin details the fantastical events that unfold over the course of his unusual existence, as he travels with Sergio Pitol to Cuba, is attended to by a blind masseur in an underground storefront at a Mexico City metro station, and meets a family of dwarf bullfighters. Winner of Cuba's most important prize for fiction, The Uruguayan Book of the Dead represents Bellatin's most imaginative, most important work yet.
About the Author
Mexican writer Mario Bellatin has published dozens of novels with major and minor publishing houses throughout Latin America, Europe, and the United States, including Jacob the Mutant and The Large Glass, both from Phoneme Media. A practicing Sufi, Bellatin has won many international prizes, including, most recently, Cuba's 2015 Jose Maria Arguedas Prize. He lives in Mexico City, Mexico. David Shook's many translations include work by Mario Bellatin, Tedi Lopez Mills, and Victor Teran. His collection of poetry, Our Obsidian Tongues, was long-listed for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. He lives in Los Angeles.