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Staff Pick

I loved The Dog Fighter in the way one loves roadkill or highway accidents — you can't look away to save yourself. Sex and death have always played a central role in fiction, and never more so than in this passionate novel. If Bojanowski continues on this path he will create masterpieces of the caliber of Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy.
Recommended by Donna, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

In this remarkable debut novel set in 1940s Mexico, Marc Bojanowski has crafted a work of startling originality — a poetic, mesmerizing tale of loyalty, violence, love, and redemption.

Written in the searing voice of its unnamed narrator, this is the story of a young man drifting through the badlands of California and Mexico after the death of his mother. He eventually settles in Canción, a sleepy Baja city on the verge of transformation. Lured by money and fame, he enters into an underground world where men fight against trained dogs before a raucous crowd of the town's elite businessmen and those who work for them. With an uncommon display of strength, skill, and sheer fearlessness, he becomes an overnight success.

Before long he catches the eye of a powerful businessman, whose grand vision is to turn Canción into a lucrative resort destination. But when the dog fighter finds friendship with a revolutionary old poet and is drawn toward a mysterious young woman, he becomes ensnared in an intricate web of promise and deceit. Caught between the ways of his past and the dreams of his future, he is forced to make a devastating choice that ignites a mixture of jealousy, greed, lust, and betrayal, culminating in a fight both for his life and the fate of the city.

Haunting, lyrical, imaginative, and immensely powerful, The Dog Fighter is a stunning novel of beauty and brutality that announces the arrival of an extraordinary new talent in American fiction.

Review:

"[A] provocative debut....Bojanowski is adept at charting the anxieties of a small city on the brink of expansion and the darkness of men's hearts." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The most exciting debut by an American writer since Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides....Relentless and remarkable." Geoff Dyer, author of Out of Sheer Rage and Paris Trance

Review:

"A rare first novel — fully realized, unbelievably accomplished, and a great read. Bojanowski's prose shimmers with nuance." Darcey Steinke, author of Jesus Saves and Suicide Blonde

Review:

"Remarkable....Bojanowski's narrator has no name, but he is one of the most profoundly felt characters in recent fiction." Dale Peck, author of Now It's Time to Say Goodbye and Martin and John

Synopsis:

"Remarkable … Bojanowski’ s narrator has no name, but he is one of the most profoundly felt characters in recent fiction."

Synopsis:

A stunning debut novel by twenty-six year old Marc Bojanowski that is set in 1940s Mexico about a young man who becomes involved in a brutally violent spectator sport and must choose his loyalties in the fight for a city's future, written with bold lyricism and magical flair.

About the Author

Marc Bojanowski graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and received his MFA in creative writing from The New School. His writing has appeared in The Literary Review. He lives in northern California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060595609
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Bojanowski, Marc
Publisher:
William Morrow
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Poets
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Mexican-american border region
Subject:
Dogfighting.
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
3154
Publication Date:
20040525
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6.125 x 1.01 in 20 oz

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Product details 304 pages William Morrow & Company - English 9780060595609 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

I loved The Dog Fighter in the way one loves roadkill or highway accidents — you can't look away to save yourself. Sex and death have always played a central role in fiction, and never more so than in this passionate novel. If Bojanowski continues on this path he will create masterpieces of the caliber of Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy.

"Review" by , "[A] provocative debut....Bojanowski is adept at charting the anxieties of a small city on the brink of expansion and the darkness of men's hearts."
"Review" by , "The most exciting debut by an American writer since Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides....Relentless and remarkable."
"Review" by , "A rare first novel — fully realized, unbelievably accomplished, and a great read. Bojanowski's prose shimmers with nuance."
"Review" by , "Remarkable....Bojanowski's narrator has no name, but he is one of the most profoundly felt characters in recent fiction."
"Synopsis" by , "Remarkable … Bojanowski’ s narrator has no name, but he is one of the most profoundly felt characters in recent fiction."
"Synopsis" by , A stunning debut novel by twenty-six year old Marc Bojanowski that is set in 1940s Mexico about a young man who becomes involved in a brutally violent spectator sport and must choose his loyalties in the fight for a city's future, written with bold lyricism and magical flair.
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