Authors Yuri Herrera, SIGNS PRECEDING THE END OF THE WORLD, and Lina Wolff, BRET EASTON ELLIS AND THE OTHER DOGS, will be at Octavia Books for a double-header event!

SIGNS PRECEDING THE END OF THE WORLD is one of the most arresting novels to be published in Spanish in the last ten years. Yuri Herrera does not simply write about the border between Mexico and the United States and those who cross it. He explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another, especially when there's no going back. Traversing this lonely territory is Makina, a young woman who knows only too well how to survive in a violent, macho world. Leaving behind her life in Mexico to search for her brother, she is smuggled into the USA carrying a pair of secret messages one from her mother and one from the Mexican underworld.

Mordantly funny, dryly sensual, written with a staggering lightness of touch, BRET EASTON ELLIS AND THE OTHER DOGS by Swedish sensation Lina Wolff is a black and Bolano-esque take on the limitations of love in a dog-eat-dog world. At a run-down brothel in Caudal, Spain, the prostitutes are collecting stray dogs. Each is named after a famous male writer: Dante, Chaucer, Bret Easton Ellis. When a john is cruel, the dogs are fed rotten meat. To the east, in Barcelona, an unflappable teenage girl is endeavouring to trace the peculiarities of her life back to one woman: Alba Cambo, writer of violent short stories, who left Caudal as a girl and never went back. 


Born in Actopan, Mexico, in 1970, Yuri Herrera studied Politics in Mexico, Creative Writing in El Paso and took his PhD in literature at Berkeley. Signs Preceding the End of the World was shortlisted for the Rómulo Gallegos Prize and was published by And Other Stories in 2015. The Transmigration of Bodies follows in 2016. He is currently teaching at Tulane University.
Lina Wolff has lived and worked in Italy and Spain. During her years in Valencia and Madrid, she began to write her short story collection Många människor dör som du (‘Many People Die Like You’; Albert Bonniers Förlag, 2009). Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs, her first novel, was awarded the prestigious Vi Magazine Literature Prize and shortlisted for the 2013 Swedish Radio Award for Best Novel of the Year. She now lives in southern Sweden. Her second novel, De polyglotta älskarna (The Polyglot Lovers), is forthcoming from Albert Bonniers Förlag in 2016.

Event date: 

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books, 513 Octavia Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
Signs Preceding the End of the World By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator) Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
ISBN: 9781908276421
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: And Other Stories (P408) - March 10th, 2015

From the author of "A Silent Fury," available Summer 2020.

Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs By Lina Wolff, Frank Perry (Translator) Cover Image
By Lina Wolff, Frank Perry (Translator)
ISBN: 9781908276643
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: And Other Stories - January 12th, 2016

Winner of the 2017 Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize

Winner of the 2019 Bernard Shaw Prize for its translation

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