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Four Hands Good

The Uncomfortable Dead: A Novel of Four Hands by Paco Ignacio Taibo II and Subcomandante Marcos

Reviewed by Kevin Carollo
Rain Taxi

"The Uncomfortable Dead, 'a novel by four hands' originally published in serial form, should entice readers on name recognition alone, and it will not disappoint. Subcomandante Marcos, spokesperson for the Zapatista movement, wrote the odd-numbered chapters, with historian and novelist Paco Ignacio Taibo II taking up the even-numbered ones, in what proves to be a stunning narrative about the various ghosts that continue to haunt contemporary Mexican politics and national identity. It is also uproariously funny, as if Marcos and Taibo are trying to make each other laugh to keep from crying...." Read the entire Rain Taxi review.

3 Responses to "Four Hands Good"

    Rosa Rasiel December 24th, 2006 at 6:46 am

    Thank you again for Review a Day.

    In the first paragraph of his review of Four Hands Good, Kevin Carollo refers to the "marvelous translation" in the American edition. He does not give the translator's name. To learn that it was Carlos Lopez, required several more clicks. I expected to see the name below the authors'.

    Merry Christmas and all the best for the New year.

    Virginia P December 24th, 2006 at 10:56 am

    This review from RAIN TAXI was so particularly what I need in a review (with, of course, the caveat about giving translators the credit they deserve that Rosa Rasiel mentions) that I took advantage of the link and subscribed to the publication. Certain books such as this one don't get the support they deserve. Please keep this part of Powell's Book-a-Day going.

    Lee Miller December 25th, 2006 at 10:42 am

    Exactly the sort of book I look for, to add to the collection of books supported by my book fund at our public library. Like Virginia P. I also immediately ordered a subscription to Rain Taxi. Thanks for leading us there.

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