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g rayw ol fpre ss m ar c h 2018 pa perbackoriginal tomb song a novel julián herbert an incandescent us debut from mexico for readers of ben lerner and rachel cusk fiction litera ry graywolf press 3/6/2018 9781555977993 $16.00 $22.99 can trade paperback 208 pages 8.3 in h 5.5 in w subrights brit 1st ser audio graywolf press trans dram penguin random house grupo editorial sitting at the bedside of his mother as she is dying from leukemia in a hospital in northern mexico the narrator of tomb song is immersed in memories of his unstable boyhood and youth his mother guadalupe was a prostitute and julián spent his childhood with his half brothers and sisters each from a different father moving from city to city and from one tough neighborhood to the next swinging from the present to the past and back again tomb song is not only an affecting coming-of-age story but also a searching and sometimes frenetic portrait of the artist as he wanders the hospital from its buzzing upper floors to the haunted depths of the morgue julián tells fevered stories of his life as a writer from a trip with his pregnant wife to a poetry festival in berlin to a drug-fueled and possibly completely imagined trip to another festival in cuba throughout he portrays the margins of mexican society as well as the attitudes prejudices contradictions and occasionally absurd history of a country ravaged by corruption violence and dysfunction inhabiting the fertile ground between fiction memoir and essay tomb song is an electric prose performance a kaleidoscopic tender and often darkly funny exploration of sex love and death julián herbert’s english-language debut establishes him as one of the most audacious voices in contemporary letters praise “an extraordinary author in full possession of his powers who from now on should be considered indispensable.” —patricio pron letras libres “with writing that is simultaneously rough and beautiful [tomb song is an epic without heroes that shatters the glass ceiling of hypocrisy.” —iván de la nuez babelia julián herbert was born in acapulco in 1971 he is a writer musician and teacher and is the author of several poetry collections a novel a story collection and a book of reportage he lives in saltillo mexico 4