Lima: Seix Barral, 2022. First Edition. Paperback. 226p., indices, wrps. New. Item #80828
"Pequeño Bastardo" is a story that grows metastatically from its main characters, Charly and Sybila, to include stories of numerous secondary characters, apparently inconsequential: that of Pujarraco, a street kid who will become the leader of a bar brava; that of the policeman in charge of suppressing teacher strikes; that of a
young woman whose father has always relegated her as a "bastard"; that of an abusive priest who receives what he deserves.
Little bastard is, simultaneously, a documentary political novel; a decadent and superficial pop tale; a mutilated memory about migration, war, heartbreak and childhood; an accumulation of texts that combine tragedy and humor, commitment and disappointment, idealism and cynicism.
Little bastard is, without a doubt, the monster novel by Richard Parra that we have been waiting for. And it is that, as Antonio Muñoz Molina has written: «Richard Parra has the gift of great storytellers who imagine the world as it is. In this age of so much literary self-absorption, a narrative writing like his is surprising and admirable.