Juan Pablo Villalobos

Down the Rabbit Hole (first edition)

Shortlisted for the 2011 Guardian First Book Award and the 2012 Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize

Tochtli lives in a palace. He loves hats, samurai, guillotines and dictionaries, and what he wants more than anything right now is a new pet for his private zoo: a pygmy hippopotamus from Liberia. But Tochtli is a child whose father is a drug baron on the verge of taking over a powerful cartel, and Tochtli is growing up in a luxury hideout that he shares with hit men, prostitutes, dealers, servants and the odd corrupt politician or two.

Down the Rabbit Hole, a masterful and darkly comic first novel, is the chronicle of a delirious journey to grant a child’s wish.

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  • With an introduction by Adam Thirlwell.
  • Down the Rabbit Hole was shortlisted for the 2011 Guardian First Book Award and the 2012 Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize.
  • Read And Other Stories publisher Stefan Tobler’s thoughts on Juan Pablo Villalobos’ Guardian First Book Award shortlisting and the unprecedented success of And Other Stories’ first year of publishing here.
  • Readers of Spanish may be interested to read more reviews and other thoughts posted on Villalobos’ website.
  • Down the Rabbit Hole has created quite a buzz in the Spanish-speaking world and beyond. It was published in Spain in 2010 (Anagrama) and has been translated into many languages, including Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Romanian, Dutch and English.
  • Farrar Straus and Giroux publishes Rosalind Harvey’s translation in the United States.
  • If you subscribed to And Other Stories before this book went to print, you would have received one of the limited number stamped, early copies of it and 3 other And Other Stories 2011 titles. Find out about subscribing to upcoming titles here.
Print status: Available
Translator: Rosalind Harvey
Original language: Spanish
Format: Trade paperback with flaps
Publication date: 1 September 2011
ISBN: 9781908276001
Ebook ISBN: 9781908276049
Availability: UK, Europe and Commonwealth
Number of pages: 96