Creature of a Day
  • Author: Tovar, Juan
  • Binding: Clothbound, sewn, jacketed
  • Pages: 160
  • Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2", CIP
  • Pub. Year: 2002
  • ISBN: 0-929701-68-2
  • In Stock: Yes
Price: $20.00
Translated from the Spanish by Leland H. Chambers

Winner of the Kayden Translation Award, University of Colorado-Boulder
Foreword Magazine "Book of the Year" 2002 Bronze Medalion

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Border crossing may be literal, figurative, imaginary, symbolic or psychological, or, as in the Mexican novelist Juan Tovar's Creature of a Day, all of these at once. This richly conceived prose fiction (a novel in the freshest sense) enchants and seduces the reader with a beguiling tableau of tales told in a language contemporary yet resonant of Calderón de la Barca, Chaucer and Shakespeare. Creature of a Day is inhabited by actors and priests, murderers and harlots, mendicants, merchants, pilgrims and storytellers. Themes of isolation and migration emerge in the wit and repartee of these characters; at the same time, in a stream of literary hallucination that flows from Lautreamont and Strindberg to Beckett, Cocteau, Calvino, and Borges, Creature of a Day washes across the North American consciousness. This award-winning translation by Leland H. Chambers reflects a vital new Mexican literature.

Read the opening chapters: Pages 1-29 (PDF)

"Tovar's ravers come to life, purge themselves, then vanish into a terminal moraine of tablecloths on fire, skulls of sugar, abandoned hospitals, grids of asphalt, and derelict urinals. Tovar is Borges without the scholarly apparatus, and a major contribution to Mexican delirium."--Paul West


"Creature of a Day is the story of a spiritual pilgrimage filled with revelations of the soul, written with tension and brilliance unique in modern [Mexican] literature. The prose is akin to the emotional texture of poetry, reminiscent of sacred literature; at once a textual initiation and the allegorical representation of crossed destinies, Creature of a Day fills the reader with astonishment and emotion. Tovar manages to marry intelligence to passion, ultimately resolving, in every memorable page, all the imagination and plasticity of his narrative project."
-- Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Coleccion Astericos

Born in the city of Puebla, Mexico in 1941, Juan Tovar is a writer of short stories, novels, and screenplays, as well as being a dramatist of note. He majored in chemical engineering at the Univesity of Puebla and got involved with the Teatro Universitario there, transferring to Mexico City in 1962...


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