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From the author of the award-winning novel Shadow Without a Name, comes Antipodes, the first collection of his short fiction to be translated into English. This lively, eclectic, and highly imaginative volume spans time, place, and culture as the narratives move from the scorching heat of the Gobi desert to the glacial heights of Mount Everest.

Here, among others, are the stories of a great Scottish engineer, left to die in the middle of the desert, who is rescued by a tribe of nomads and inspires them to build an exact replica of the city of Edinburgh in the dunes; of a dying, cross-dressing pilot who allegedly climbs Mount Everest and then mysteriously disappears; of an English colonel who swears on his life to make the trains in Zambezi run on time, only to be forced to honor his word when they are always ten minutes late; of a monk who conjures the devil to prove the devil's existence; and of a young administrator of a psychiatric hospital who is appalled by the treatment of the patients, and devises his own bizarre solution.

Based on history, legend and an awe-inspiring power of invention, Antipodes delights, terrifies, and entrances.

Ignacio Padilla was born in Mexico City and is the author of several award-winning novels and short story collections. His novel Shadow Without a Name was the first of his works to be translated into English.

Alastair Reid is a poet, a prose writer, a translator, a traveler, and a regular correspondent for The New Yorker. He has translated the work of many Latin American writers, Borges and Neruda in particular.

From the author of the critically acclaimed novel Shadow Without a Name comes Antipodes, a stunning volume of fictions that evoke the work of Jorge Luis Borges and Italo Calvino. Here are twelve short stories that effortlessly move across time, place, and culture, from the Gobi Desert to the heights of Mount Everest and the jungles of Java.

In "The Antipodes and the Century," a great Scottish engineer, left to die in the middle of the desert, is rescued by a tribe of nomads and inspires them to build an exact replica of the city of Edinburgh in the dunes; "Ever Wrest: Log of the Journey" is the tale of a dying cross-dressing pilot who allegedly climbs Mount Everest and then mysteriously disappears; Hagiography of the Apostate" tells of a monk who conjures the devil in an effort to prove the devil's existence; and in "A Bestiary," the line between the spectators and the creatures on display becomes alarmingly blurred.

Interweaving history and legend with dazzling ingenuity, Antipodes confirms Ignacio Padilla's reputation as one of our inventive contemporary writers. The result is a work that delights and terrifies as it entrances.

"Mixing memory, imagination and inspired lunacy in ways that sometimes recall Borges, the Mexican writer Ignacio Padilla's fine new collection of stories, his first to be published in English, tells of men dancing on edges, falling off and occasionally climbing back only to tumble down again . . . In this silky translation by Alastair Reid, Padillahe is also the author of Shadow Without a Name, a noveltraverses his own edge, on the ramparts of the absurd where the old rules don't apply."James Polk, The New York Times Book Review

"An elegant translation of a disquieting book of short stories. Despite its length, it manages, in twelve stories, to takes us to locales ranging from the Gobi desert to Mount Everest to the jungles of Java. These imaginary leaps across geographies, characters and cultures make for a reading experience that is both thrilling and unsettling. Reminiscent of the great Latin-American author Jorge Luis Borges, Padilla's collection of short stories have a sense of mystery and confusion, which keep the reader engaged. They often force us to imagine the unimaginable. This is not a book for the beach. It is best read in a quiet room, where one can meditate and enjoy Padilla's exceptional imagination."New York Post

"A dozen trinkets about far-flung places, exotic times, weird people, weird things."Kirkus Reviews

"This collection of 12 short stories pays homage to Borges, one of the giants of the Boom, perpetuating the vague atmosphere, exotic settings, and ironic, finely tuned prose of the master for whom every word counts . . . Of the more characteristic sagas are the stories of a Scottish engineer who builds a replica of Edinburgh in the Gobi desert and of a transvestite pilot who ascends Mount Everestor maybe doesn't. This second appearance in English of a Padilla work, following Shadow

iWithout a Name, delights with its enigmatic teasing, bizarre situations, and ambiguity, all of which noted translator Reid capably conveys. In the end, the reader can't help wondering whether these adventures are merely events of an imaginary world that exists solely within the boundaries of a highly creative literary imagination."Library Journal

Synopsis:

These lively and eclectic narratives, by the author of Shadow Without a Name, move from the scorching heat of the Gobi desert to the glacial heights of Mount Everest: here, among others, are the stories of a Scottish engineer who builds an exact replica of the city of Edinburgh in the dunes; of a dying, cross-dressing pilot who allegedly climbs Mount Everest and then mysteriously disappears; and of a monk who conjures the devil to prove the devils existence.

Based on history, legend, and an awe-inspiring power of invention, Antipodes delights, terrifies, and entrances.

Synopsis:

From the author of the award-winning novel Shadow Without a Name, comes Antipodes, the first collection of his short fiction to be translated into English. This lively, eclectic, and highly imaginative volume spans time, place, and culture as the narratives move from the scorching heat of the Gobi desert to the glacial heights of Mount Everest.

Here, among others, are the stories of a great Scottish engineer, left to die in the middle of the desert, who is rescued by a tribe of nomads and inspires them to build an exact replica of the city of Edinburgh in the dunes; of a dying, cross-dressing pilot who allegedly climbs Mount Everest and then mysteriously disappears; of an English colonel who swears on his life to make the trains in Zambezi run on time, only to be forced to honor his word when they are always ten minutes late; of a monk who conjures the devil to prove the devil's existence; and of a young administrator of a psychiatric hospital who is appalled by the treatment of the patients, and devises his own bizarre solution.

Based on history, legend and an awe-inspiring power of invention, Antipodes delights, terrifies, and entrances.

About the Author

Ignacio Padilla was born in Mexico City, and is the author of several award-winning novels and short-story collections. His novel, Shadow Without a Name (FSG, 2002) was the first of his works to be translated into English.

Table of Contents

Antipodes of the Century

Chronicle of the Second Plague

Ever Wrest: Log of the Journey

Ballistics: Some Notes

Rhodesia Express

Darjeeling

Hagiography of the Apostate

A Bestiary

Amends in Halak-Proot

About Our Flour

The Chinamen with the Heads

Time Regained

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374105334
Subtitle:
Stories
Translator:
Reid, Alastair
Translator:
Reid, Alastair
Author:
Reid, Alastair
Author:
Padilla, Ignacio
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Location:
New York
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
GTR-550
Publication Date:
May 2004
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.50 x 5.00 x 0.67 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
These lively and eclectic narratives, by the author of Shadow Without a Name, move from the scorching heat of the Gobi desert to the glacial heights of Mount Everest: here, among others, are the stories of a Scottish engineer who builds an exact replica of the city of Edinburgh in the dunes; of a dying, cross-dressing pilot who allegedly climbs Mount Everest and then mysteriously disappears; and of a monk who conjures the devil to prove the devils existence.

Based on history, legend, and an awe-inspiring power of invention, Antipodes delights, terrifies, and entrances.

"Synopsis" by ,
From the author of the award-winning novel Shadow Without a Name, comes Antipodes, the first collection of his short fiction to be translated into English. This lively, eclectic, and highly imaginative volume spans time, place, and culture as the narratives move from the scorching heat of the Gobi desert to the glacial heights of Mount Everest.

Here, among others, are the stories of a great Scottish engineer, left to die in the middle of the desert, who is rescued by a tribe of nomads and inspires them to build an exact replica of the city of Edinburgh in the dunes; of a dying, cross-dressing pilot who allegedly climbs Mount Everest and then mysteriously disappears; of an English colonel who swears on his life to make the trains in Zambezi run on time, only to be forced to honor his word when they are always ten minutes late; of a monk who conjures the devil to prove the devil's existence; and of a young administrator of a psychiatric hospital who is appalled by the treatment of the patients, and devises his own bizarre solution.

Based on history, legend and an awe-inspiring power of invention, Antipodes delights, terrifies, and entrances.

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