The Mutations

Jorge Comensal (Author) Timothy Andr Pabon (Read by)
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Description

A modern-day Flaubert takes us on a comic tour through a deeply neurotic Mexico City

Ramón Martinez is a militant atheist, successful lawyer, and conventional family man. But all of that changes when his privileged life disintegrates after cancer of the tongue deprives him of the source of his power and livelihood: speech.

Jorge Comensal's The Mutations is a comedy tracing the metastasis of Ramón's cancer through his body and through the lives of his family members, colleagues, and doctors, dissecting the experience of illness and mapping the relationships both strengthened and frayed in its wake. Mateo and Paulina, his teenage children, struggle with the temptations of masturbation and binge-eating, respectively. Ramón's melancholic oncologist is haunted by the memory of a young patient whom he was unable to save. His selfish pathologist believes Ramón's tumor holds the key to a major scientific breakthrough. And then Elodia, Ramón's pious maid, brings him a foul-mouthed parrot as a birthday gift, and this filthy bird becomes Ramón's companion, confidant, and unlikely double.

Paying homage to forebears such as Sontag, Didion, Flaubert, and Tolstoy, and filled with a rough-hewn poetry of regret, rage, and, finally, resignation, The Mutations offers up a profound and funny cross section of modern Mexico, as well as a bold treatment of an unspeakable yet universal reality.

Product Details

Price
$34.99  $32.19
Publisher
Brilliance Audio
Publish Date
November 12, 2019
Dimensions
6.5 X 1.13 X 5.5 inches | 0.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Compact Disc
EAN/UPC
9781799726708
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About the Author

Jorge Comensal was born in Mexico City in 1987. He has received grants from the Fundación para las Letras Mexicanas and the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Nexos, Revista de la Universidad de México, VICE, and The Literary Review. He is part of the Environmental Board of Este País. His essay Yonquis de las letras was published in Spain in 2017.

Timothy Andres Pabon is an English- and Spanish-speaking voice-over artist who has worked extensively in advertising and audiobook narration.