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  1. The Transmigration of Bodies
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  2. The Transmigration of Bodies

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A plague has brought death to the city. Two feuding crime families with blood on their hands need our hard-boiled hero, The Redeemer, to broker peace.

Yuri Herrera’s novel, a response to the violence of contemporary Mexico with echoes of Romeo and Juliet, Bolaño and Chandler, is a noirish tragedy and a tribute to the bodies that violence touches.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Reading this novel was like a cross between watching the movie, "Pulp Fiction" with Bob Dylan's "Desolaton Row" playing at the same time! I loved the experience!

The names of the characters amused me and added to the dark and dangerous environment of the city - The Redeemer (main character) meets Three Times Blonde, Dolphin, Remeo, Bug, Oscar, The Unruly, Baby Girl, Neeyanderthal, The Mennonite and La Nora while, at the same time, trying to avoid a violent confrontation between two families - The Castros and the Fonsecas! And, at the same time, The Redeemer is desperately hunting for a packet of condoms in a city deserted by the fear of disease. All of this is enough to make the novel a real page-turner.

It's violent and funny. It's erotic and suspenseful. Translated from the Spanish (Mexican), the novel has a style and atmosphere that left me wanting to read more of Yuri Herrera's novels.
This is a book for our time and the contemporary political situation. Transmigration a tale about gangster society in Mexico, the black dog of depression and amorality as a skill used to negotiate peace between potentially warring parties. End of Time a visionary account of what America and its citizens are to the people who cross the border in all innocence looking for another life and prepared to face and sacrifice whatever it takes to survive. Stripped of their dignity, struggling to find meaning in the cultural poverty of Anglo society and its structural violence. Herrera is a free verse poet who speaks directly and powerfully to our sense of humanity. His sparse prose so beautifully translated here is more than a good read it is an experience
precise & unusual language, particularly in its blatant but thorough descriptions of desire and ravaged streets. there are deaths and discussions of violence, but they are considered with almost tenderness. the female characters who interact with the protagonist most regularly are written with dynamism, permitted and not punished by the narrative to be surly, to sneer, to refuse men. because of the book's brief length, discovering the full details of the "bodies" mentioned by the title occurs in both a quick and relatively slow fashion. it's worth it, and i was satisfied. i would also like to note the physical qualities of the book: the interior font, cover design/texture, and slim size all make it a really nice book to hold.
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