Last Date in El Zapotal (Paperback)

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Last Date in El Zapotal By Mateo García Elizondo, Robin Myers (Translator) Cover Image
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The experience of reading this book goes like this, 'A town full of ghosts--what an interesting concept; wow, it's actually really good; oh, it's very good, let me read the author bio; this guy is super accomplished, wow; oh, okay, he's the grandson of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, it all makes sense now.' Read it! It's nice and short and so very lovely.

- Engel

— From Last Date in El Zapotal (Staff Pick)


A junkie looking for one last fix in a town full of ghosts .

This is a ghost story. A junkie has gone to El Zapotal to die - to rent a room in this crumbling backwater, melt into one last fix, and not come back. For someone so ready to no longer be alive, though, he can't stop clinging to the past. His old dog, Kid, who he abandoned. His love, Valerie, who he introduced to drugs. There's no such thing as a good memory.

El Zapotal doesn't want him either. The people aren't welcoming, the streets are empty except for strays, and he's having trouble pacing his supply. As the drugs run out, the line between what's real and what's not blurs to the point of illegibility, and we're left wandering a tenderly described hinterland of despair, hunger, and regret. Garc a Elizondo has given us an homage to Pedro P ramo, a descent for the ages, a long goodbye with no clear line between the living and dead.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781913867843
ISBN-10: 1913867846
Publisher: Charco Press
Publication Date: June 25th, 2024
Pages: 163
Language: English