The Last Great Road Bum

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6.4 X 9.1 X 1.5 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author

Héctor Tobar is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and novelist. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Deep Down Dark, as well as The Barbarian Nurseries, Translation Nation, and The Tattooed Soldier. Tobar is also a contributing writer for the New York Times opinion pages and an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine. He has written for The New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, L.A. Noir, ZYZZYVA, and Slate. The son of Guatemalan immigrants, he is a native of Los Angeles, where he lives with his family.


Praise for The Last Great Road Bum
Tobar's stunning follow-up to Deep Down Dark . . . [features] high-velocity prose that is both relentless and wry . . . achieves a version of Kerouac for a new age. --Publishers Weekly

Praise for Héctor Tobar
"A riveting story...[but] why it's an extraordinary book is because of Héctor Tobar's writing, which is so beautiful and so thoughtful that he's taking on all of the big issues of life: what is life worth, what is the value of one human life, what is faith, who do we become in our darkest hour? He really brings this story to a level that I don't feel anyone else could have done . . . It's the best book of the year." --Ann Patchett, NPR's Morning Edition on Deep Down Dark

"Hector Tobar's The Tattooed Soldier brings the enmities of the Guatemalan civil war to the L.A. riots." --Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times on The Tattooed Soldier

"[Tobar] succeeds in bringing into focus both the civil turmoil that racks Guatemala and the inner turmoil that can consume people anywhere." --People, on The Tattooed Soldier

"A triumph . . . Crosswires de Tocqueville's Democracy in America with Che Guevara's Motorcycle Diaries." --Steve Erickson, New York Times Book Review, on Translation Nation

"A book of extraordinary scope and extraordinary power." ?Richard Rayner, Los Angeles Times, on Barbarian Nurseries

"[Tobar] exhibits a seismographic sensitivity to the tensions along the fault lines of his cultural terrain . . . His illuminations become our recognitions." ?Rebecca Donner, The New York Times Book Review, on Barbarian Nurseries

"Both timely and timeless . . . Tobar continually creates moments of uncommon magic." ?Elle, on Barbarian Nurseries