by LEANDRO ÁVALOS BLACHA
An unputdownable, hypervisual novel with an agitated pulse and an exceptional reverence for the best pulp fiction
Juan Carlos, a frenetic gambler, is spending his honeymoon in a hotel pool with his wife Perla. They share their days with Mauricio, a friend of Juan Carlos with whom he is hysterically competitive, but who's still invited to the trip to try to save some money. What seemed like a few relaxing days of cabaret and casinos soon will be disturbed by brutal, senseless murders of starlettes.
"Malicia", the most recent novel by Leandro Ávalos Blacha, cultivates strangeness into something precious. Fusing a nostalgic use of horror films aesthetics with detective literature, comics, TV series, and pulp and noir traditions, he delivers an insane story featuring a horde of businessmen without scruples that do not hesitate to integrate the crimes to their shows, a mysterious group of sinister nuns, a smart girl who knows too much, a pre-adolescent medium trying to capitalize on her services... A delirious, perfectly assembled cross-genre performance.
- Published in 2016, 179 pages
- Spanish language
- France: Asphalte, 2016
- World Spanish: Entropía, 2016
"An addictive novel that can be read as the heir to Thomas Pynchon or Quentin Tarantino" —José María Brindisi, LA NACIÓN
"Ávalos Blacha’s concise style seems to follow the camera games of filmmakers such as John Carpenter or Brian De Palma" —REVISTA Ñ
“An outstanding novel. One of the most solid, personal and original voices from Argentina, a prominent heir to Aira, Copi and Laiseca” — INFOBAE
“A weird but delicious hybrid where Ávalos Blancha moves around with grace and guile” —TIEMPO ARGENTINO
“Ávalos has a solid writing which mixes the traditional novel with crime and fantastic elements, until making it look like a delirium” —DIARIO PERFIL
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Serial killers, punk zombies, evil nuns, teenage TV mediums, unscrupulous businessmen... Ávalos Blacha's (Quilmes, Argentina, 1980) masterfully melts frisky, nail-biting characters with dark humour, a sharp criticial eye on social inequalities, and the best high pulp literature.
Awarded with the Premio Indio Rico 2007, he is the author of several awarded novels, including Berazachussetts (Entropía, 2007, translated into French by Aspahlte Editions and published by Folio SF in a paperback edition), and Malicia (Entropía, 2016).
PRESS ROUND UP
“Using a very lucid point of view and an intonation aspiring to perfection, these stories produce the effect of a reading under anesthesia, withstanding pain, illness, the fear of others and this hell called “family”
—Daniel Gigena, LA NACIÓN