Author of the Month: Yuri Herrera
Our Author of the Month for September is Yuri Herrera, whose three slim novels, set in unnamed Mexican border towns, ferry a cast of migrants, drifters, kingpins and fixers into the realm of the mythic. With a Chandleresque ear for a sharp turn of phrase and an eye for the resonant image, Herrera is, in the words of Javier Moreno, 'perhaps the master par excellence of creating limbos, spectral spaces in which the characters — real Schrödinger’s cats — reside halfway between the living and the dead'.
Any introduction to these books would be incomplete without mention of translator Lisa Dillman, with whom Herrera won the 2016 Best Translated Book Award. As observed in Tony Wood's write-up in the London Review of Books, Dillman richly conveys the 'linguistic hybridity' of the author's prose.