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Book Title

Season of the Swamp

Subtitle
A Novel
Author 1
Yuri Herrera; Translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman
Body
New Orleans, 1853. A young exile named Benito Juárez disembarks at a fetid port city at the edge of a swamp. Years later, he will become the first indigenous head of state in the postcolonial Americas, but now he is as anonymous and invisible as any other migrant to the roiling and alluring city of New Orleans.
 
Accompanied by a small group of fellow exiles who plot their return and hoped-for victory over the Mexican dictatorship, Juárez immerses himself in the city, which absorbs him like a sponge. He and his compatriots work odd jobs, suffer through the heat of a southern summer, fall victim to the cons and confusions of a strange young nation, succumb to the hallucinations of yellow fever, and fall in love with the music and food all around them. But unavoidable, too, is the grotesque traffic in human beings they witness as they try to shape their future.
 
Though the historical archive is silent about the eighteen months Juárez spent in New Orleans, Yuri Herrera imagines how Juárez’s time there prepared him for what was to come. With the extraordinary linguistic play and love of popular forms that have characterized all of Herrera’s fiction, Season of the Swamp is a magnificent work of speculative history, a love letter to the city of New Orleans and its polyglot culture, and a cautionary statement that informs our understanding of the world we live in.

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List Price
$26.00
ISBN
ISBN
978-1-64445-307-0
Format
Format
Hardcover
Publication Date
Publication Date
Subject
Subject
Pages
Pages
160
Trim Size
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.25
Keynote
A major new novel set in nineteenth-century New Orleans by the author of Signs Preceding the End of the World

About the Author

Yuri  Herrera
Credit: Tori Bush
Born in Actopan, Mexico, Yuri Herrera is the author of three novels, including Signs Preceding the End of the World, as well as the collection Ten Planets, which was a finalist for the Ursula K. Le Guin Prize. He teaches at Tulane University in New Orleans.
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Lisa Dillman lives in Decatur, Georgia, where she translates Spanish-language fiction and teaches at Emory University. Her recent translations include National Book Award finalist Abyss by Pilar Quintana and Ten Planets by Yuri Herrera.
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Upcoming Events

Yuri Herrera reading and in conversation with Deb Olin Unferth at First Light Books

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First Light Books in Austin, TXview map
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Yuri Herrera reading and in conversation with Lily Meyer about SEASON OF THE SWAMP at Lost City Books

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Lost City Books in Washington, DCview map
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Praise

  • The always thrilling and always remarkable Yuri Herrera has outdone himself here: reading Season of the Swamp is like being thrown into deep water only to open your eyes and find a haunting and haunted world, one full of magic and beauty, exiles and outsiders, longing and song. I didn’t want to surface—here I am still, in its great, brilliant light.—Paul Yoon, author of The Hive and the Honey
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