The Catastrophe Theory

Tryno Maldonado

NOVEL. ALFAGUARA, 2012. 440 PAGES.

Anselmo and Mariana; both talented and beautiful but disillusioned with life, meet in the colonial city of Oaxaca during 21st Century Mexico's first major civil uprising. He, a maths teacher, has just lost his job, which gave meaning to his existence. He meets Julia, a rebellious anarchist able, unlike him, to follow ideas through to their ultimate logical consequences, Roberto, a chef with a mysterious militant past, and his young son, an endearing maths prodigy.

They will all find themselves caught up in the whirlwind of major social upheaval which will lead them against their will to clash violently with the State's forces: bloodthirsty paramilitary commandos. None of them will come out from this social catastrophe and personal ordeal unscathed.

Inspired by an intimate personal experience, Tryno Maldonado has used agile, sophisticated prose to construct a moving and thrilling contemporary epic.

This is a subtle but violent novel whose honesty and consistent narrative power; exploring some of the key conflicts and major themes of the era, including the concept of love between two people, breathes new life into a venerable tradition: the great Latin American novel.     

"The Catastrophe Theory is not another simple novel...

is one of the top three or four relevant books of its generation."

Rafael Lemus, LETRAS LIBRES

PUBLISHED BY: Spanish ALFAGUARA

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