REVIEW: BRING ME THE HEAD OF QUENTIN TARANTINO BY JULIÁN HERBERT – Reblog from Entropy Magazine

REVIEW: BRING ME THE HEAD OF QUENTIN TARANTINO BY JULIÁN HERBERT

Bring Me the Head of Quentin Tarantino by Julián Herbert
translated from Spanish by Christina MacSweeney
Graywolf Press, November 2020
Bookshop / Amazon
192 pages – fiction, short story

Review by Felice Arenas

An ode to, inspired by, or Western Unioned from the same morality-subverting center of its namesake’s films, Bring Me the Head of Quentin Tarantino, Julián Herbert’s short-story collection, emerges from magical realism to crash the penumbra of the depraved. A photographer’s most gruesome work might be his unborn son. Smile! There’s a magnum opus in a conceptual artist’s mouth. Impersonate a literary great and make thousands of pesos to score crack. It’s obvious Herbert enjoys examining the corruption of his native land, Mexico—“there’s no human experience beyond the reach of a bribe” and “most Mexicans are genetically incapable of distinguishing between a criminal and a policeman”—and he excels at rendering memorable, oftentimes apologetic characters who dwell in tightly constructed worlds that feel weirdly unobjectionable and totally nuts at once.

READ THE FULL REVIEW AT ENTROPYMAG.org

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