An unputdownable, hypervisual novel with an agitated pulse and an exceptional reverence for the pulps and the hacks

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 histerically competes, 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 vedettes.

Malicia, the last 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 preadolescent medium trying to capitalize on her services... A delirious, perfectly assembled cross-genre performance.

Spanish language original · French translation available

Rights :

World Spanish: Entropía | France: Asphalte, 2016

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"An addictive novel that can be read as the heir to Thomas Pynchon or Quentin Tarantino"

—José María Brindisi, La Nación

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"Ávalos Blacha’s concise and clear-cut style seems to follow the camera games of filmmakers such as John Carpenter or Brian De Palma"

—Revista Ñ

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"An outstanding novel. One of the most solid, personal and original voices from Argentina, a prominent heir to Aira, Copi and Laiseca"

—Matías Méndez, Infobae

“Ávalos Blacha outstandingly handles the realms of fiction. He manages to open up a rich variety of universes breaking all genre conventions"

—Silvina Friera, Página 12


Leandro Ávalos Blacha


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.

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