Tomb Song

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Graywolf Press
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5.5 X 0.6 X 8.1 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Julián Herbert was born in Acapulco in 1971. He is a writer, musician, and teacher, and is the author of several poetry collections, a novel, a story collection, and a book of reportage. He lives in Saltillo, Mexico.


"[Julián Herbert is] among the more interesting and ambitious prose stylists of our time. . . . Irresistibly wise."--Los Angeles Times

"Tomb Song leaves space for the high-minded, the sociopolitical and the pop culture-obsessed. . . . This novel sprawls, but never loses sight of the human connection at its core -- and it's all the more moving as a result."--Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

"At once a thrilling document of lives spent along the margins, and a bright burst of formal reinvention, Tomb Song remains elegiac and life-affirming."--BOMB

"Herbert takes a deep dive into an emotional, interconnected story on death, family, love and ambition, resulting in a work that is at once personal and universal."--The Gazette (Cedar Rapids)

"A meditation on art, intimacy, and revolution. . . . Raw, heady, and wonderful."--Literary Hub

"Tomb Song . . . is one of the most important, exciting, and original works of literature to come out of Latin America in the past decade."--Los Angeles Review of Books

"A mix of anecdotes and metafictional self-awareness, Herbert's narrative--skillfully translated by Christina MacSweeney--rises above its gloomy premise to meditate on the idea of family while questioning the ways we engage reality and relate our experiences to others. . . . A wild and inventive novel."--Kenyon Review

"Simultaneously gorgeous and dirty, [Herbert] brings us poignant moments of beauty."--Washington Independent Review of Books

"From its pathos-filled prologue to its poignant closing lines, [Tomb Song] is shot through with fury and filial love. This sounds
bleak--it isn't. Indeed, it is one of the novel's characteristics that it is able to swing from heartbreak to grisly humor within a few
lines."--Words Without Borders

"Tomb Song modulates between different kinds of prose in a story that is chaotic, absurd, and painfully poignant."--World Literature Today

"This is a story infused with dreams of black magic, political unrest, lone flaneuring and hard drinking, but also one of kindness, compassion, sharp humour and a loquaciousness that one usually reserves for close friends."--3: AM Magazine

"It is our pleasure, as readers of Tomb Song, to witness this raw nerve's transmission of pain, memory, genius."--The Arkansas International

"Tomb Song is a work that is always pulling back, folding its author in upon himself. . . . Within these pages, Herbert wrestles the ambiguity of grief and reminiscence into structure and form, transforming the vulgarity of life into a book that is both brutal and beautiful."--Split Lip Magazine

"Beautiful and profane. . . . Herbert's style, and his skill with the boundaries of genre and narrative distance, are singularly accomplished. . . . The literary performance of Tomb Song is captivating."--Cleaver

"Deeply observed; a welcome arrival by a writer worth paying attention to."--Kirkus Reviews