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Sudden Death

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A funny and mind-bending novel about the clash of empires and ideas in the sixteenth century, told over the course of one dazzling tennis match

About the Author

lvaro Enrigue was born in Mexico and lives in New York City. He has taught at New York University, Princeton University, the University of Maryland and Columbia University. Sudden Death - his first novel to be translated into English - was awarded the prestigious Herralde Prize in Spain, the Elena Poniatowska International Novel Award in Mexico, and the Barcelona Prize for Fiction.


"A complex historical pageant of astonishing richness" * Guardian, Best Books of 2016 * "Engaging, audacious, and flat-out fun... Sudden Death marks the arrival of a major player on the capital-L courts of literature" * Vice * "Intellectually formidable... Enrigue is a cerebral and sanguine Spanish-Language postmodernist... It takes literary bravery to be this candid as a writer" * New Statesman * "Dazzlingly clever and thrillingly original" * Mail on Sunday * "Exhilarating, funny, and surprisingly sexy... Enrigue turns historical figures into real, flesh-and-blood people and really gets you thinking about art and history: what qualifies as either - and why" * Buzzfeed * "Brilliant... Enrigue has crafted a tennis allegory for the modern age: a heady, raucous meditation on chaos, power, language and the ways in which history is created and preserved... Enrigue blends historical elements with fantasy to conjure a light, knowing and very funny history in which the present is always lurking beneath the surface... Enrigue's prose is endlessly inventive, full of aphorisms, wry anecdotes and swaggering declarations." * Financial Times * "Ingenius and clever... Engagingly original... There are traces of Pynchon's zany allure... Sudden Death is rich and lively with warmth which counters the bleakness of history." -- Eileen Battersby * Irish Times * "Endlessly inventive" * Guardian, Best Books of 2016 * "Glorious... [Enrigue's] approach has both great entertainment value and intellectual appeal, especially as a corrective to a Eurocentric view of history... A splendid introduction to Mr. Enrigue's varied body of work" * New York Times * "A rare example of an artful, comedic, deeply literary novel with the potential to become a fixture on bookshelves everywhere" * Flavorwire *

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