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Julián Herbert
Other People's Pain

(La casa del dolor ajeno)

Literary Fiction

  • Published: 18/09/2015
  • ISBN: 9786073134156
  • 328 pages

According to the official history, between the 13th and 15th of May, 1911, some 303 individuals of Asian descent were massacred in Mexico by outlaws who called themselves revolutionaries. Yet there is another parallel version: one that says that the xenophobia of a group of locals was behind the bloody murder of hundreds of Chinese people, and that the truth has been shrouded in patriotism and whitewashed by the passing of time. La casa del dolor ajeno reveals how in this terrible episode in the history of Mexico —and throughout the history of the Americas— there is latent horror beneath a mask of civility. A fresh, bold literary text that broadens the limits of the essay and the chronicle.

About the author

Julián Herbert is a member of the National System of Creators and he won the 27th Premio de Novela Jaén. He is the author of the novel Canción de tumba, the story collection Cocaína (Manual de usuario), a non-fiction book on poetry and several volumes of poems. Some of his stories and poems have been translated into French, English, Portuguese, German, Catalan and Arabic.

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  • US & UK: Graywolf Press
  • Italy: Gran Via