HECTIC ETHICS by Francisco Hinojosa


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Eight satirical stories chosen from three collections previously published by an award-winning Mexican writer. Hinojosa is an inventive comic stylist with a bit of T. Coraghessan Boyle in him, and he has some of Boyle's skill at mixing farcical with serious material (e.g., ""This Time the War Was Getting Serious,"" about a weirdly escalating feud between two apartment-dwelling families), His more formal experiments (such as ""An Example of Beauty"" and ""The Broken-Down Life of a Dead Man"") are pedestrian, but at his best--as in the beautiful ""People Are strange,"" which charts a grandfather and grandson's progress through illness to enlightenment--he exhibits a range of imaginative effects unexcelled by any of Latin America's contemporary writers.

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1998
Page count: 120pp
Publisher: City Lights