South Exit. By Carlos Bortoni. Translated from the Spanish by Toshiya Kamei. ISBN 978-1090965127. $12.95 8.5" x 8.5" (21.59 x 21.59 cm) 80 pages

“South Exit is a collection of urban parables featuring the lonely struggles of marginalized characters, unseen and unloved, who watch and negotiate space from the edges, while witnessing (and avoiding) the habitual cruelties and comforts of the normative majority. There is a refreshing honesty to this work, blending humor, irony, tenderness and grit along a horizontal map of daily survival. Carlos Bortoni’s signature style is hypnotic—skillfully rendered in Toshiya Kamei’s translation—at once poetic and mundane, achieving the literary magic of moving the margins to the center, of replacing the surfaces with the depths. Everything seems different here, yet all-too-painfully familiar.” —Chad Sweeney, author of Wolf’s Milk: The Lost Notebooks of Juan Sweeney

 

“Carlos Bortoni is a novelist who offers a singular and perhaps unique view. A possessor of lively prose of an unpredictable stroke and a functional language without reaching the saber cut, without ‘postmodern’ crossroads or scaffolding, he manages to generate a narrative of his own personal stamp. His natural Hispanic temperament allows him to mock others, and due to his own ingenuity and malevolence, to his discredit, he manages to convince those present that his ridicule is justified.” —Luis Bugarini, author of Imitación de Malevich  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

“One of the attractive effects of Carlos Bortoni’s book is the apparent restraint of time. Each text shows the dog on the same stage; in some episodes he barely moves, in others he is on the verge of death.” —Alejandro Badillo, author of Efectos secundarios