Tears of the Trufflepig

Tears of the Trufflepig

Near future. South Texas. Narcotics are legal and there’s a new contraband on the market: ancient Olmec artifacts, shrunken indigenous heads, and filtered animals—species of animals brought back from extinction to clothe, feed, and generally amuse the very wealthy. Esteban Bellacosa has lived in the border town of MacArthur long enough to know to keep quiet and avoid the d...

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Title:Tears of the Trufflepig
Author:Fernando A. Flores
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Tears of the Trufflepig Reviews

  • Uriel Perez

    Each page of Fernando A. Flores's debut novel, 'Tears of the Trufflepig,' brims with a confection of absurdity and hilarity. In it, Flores places us in near future South Texas where the US has erected a third border wall and Mexican cartels pedal extinct fauna to the ultra-rich. At its heart is Esteban Bellacosa, a throwback to the swashbuckling vaqueros of elderdays, and Gonzo reporter Paco Herbert; both are caught in a conspiracy by these crime syndicates to hijack ancient artifacts, a conspir

    Each page of Fernando A. Flores's debut novel, 'Tears of the Trufflepig,' brims with a confection of absurdity and hilarity. In it, Flores places us in near future South Texas where the US has erected a third border wall and Mexican cartels pedal extinct fauna to the ultra-rich. At its heart is Esteban Bellacosa, a throwback to the swashbuckling vaqueros of elderdays, and Gonzo reporter Paco Herbert; both are caught in a conspiracy by these crime syndicates to hijack ancient artifacts, a conspiracy that's also resulted in the disappearance of Bellacosa's own brother.

    In what reads like a peyote-fueled fever dream is a stellar debut novel of the highest order; an immaculate rendering of borderland politics, language and spiritualism; a cosmic joyride that is both daring and ambitious.

  • Max III

    “This is the blood South Texas makes you sweat.”

  • Eugene

    like a dose, this book sneaks up on you. KIRKUS in surprisingly spot-on namecheckery says: "Warren Ellis and Jeff Vandermeer, with a rustic patina that nods to the likes of Jonathan Lethem’s well-worn detectives..." or this from Harper's: "a cross between Philip K. Dick’s

    and a narconovela"

    In Tears of the Trufflepig, the metaphor and actuality of the borderlands shimmer together into a vision of haptic, granular, and superbly controlled, convincing reality. A

    like a dose, this book sneaks up on you. KIRKUS in surprisingly spot-on namecheckery says: "Warren Ellis and Jeff Vandermeer, with a rustic patina that nods to the likes of Jonathan Lethem’s well-worn detectives..." or this from Harper's: "a cross between Philip K. Dick’s

    and a narconovela"

    In Tears of the Trufflepig, the metaphor and actuality of the borderlands shimmer together into a vision of haptic, granular, and superbly controlled, convincing reality. A deep dream. A clear-eyed hallucination. Studded with the sweet delayed snap of the nonchalant reveal, cunning details of new worlds―demimondes, hellscapes, mythic lands― bloom naturally from scene to scene. Fernando A. Flores writes like a hard-boiled psychotropic angel.

  • Paolo Latini

    Tears of the Trufflepig confirms Flores’ visionary vein: here we are in a dystopian America, where drugs have become legal and have arisen other darker forms of smuggling and illegality. Tears of the Trufflepig is a splendid fresco suspended between noir, sci-fi, horror and the new narrative of racial and cultural integration, it tells our times with a freshness and an imaginative eccentricity reminiscent of Lethem’s Gun, with Occasional Music (but also and for many reasons also the Lethem of Th

    Tears of the Trufflepig confirms Flores’ visionary vein: here we are in a dystopian America, where drugs have become legal and have arisen other darker forms of smuggling and illegality. Tears of the Trufflepig is a splendid fresco suspended between noir, sci-fi, horror and the new narrative of racial and cultural integration, it tells our times with a freshness and an imaginative eccentricity reminiscent of Lethem’s Gun, with Occasional Music (but also and for many reasons also the Lethem of The Feral Detective). At the center of this novel there’s a mismatch between reality and representation to be mended, between the world as we imagine and think and the world as it appears out there in the chaotic daily experience.

  • Diane Hernandez

    Tears of the Trufflepig is a surrealistic deep dive into where our current cultural road may lead. Tense US/Mexico border relations, genetically modified food, and a further divide between the haves and the have nots are all here.

    In the future, worldwide food shortages have decimated the world’s population. Scientists have found a method of generating synthetic food. Drugs are legal in the US so Mexican cartels sell filtered animals to the rich. Filtered animals are genetically modified reincarn

    Tears of the Trufflepig is a surrealistic deep dive into where our current cultural road may lead. Tense US/Mexico border relations, genetically modified food, and a further divide between the haves and the have nots are all here.

    In the future, worldwide food shortages have decimated the world’s population. Scientists have found a method of generating synthetic food. Drugs are legal in the US so Mexican cartels sell filtered animals to the rich. Filtered animals are genetically modified reincarnations of extinct species. Estaban Bellacosa works as an expeditor for a cartel. Paco is an investigative reporter looking into the filtering trade. When they meet during a dinner of filtered animals, the cartel’s troubles begin.

    Tears of the Trufflepig is hallucinogenic, but believable, trip to a troubled future. The tale reminds me of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, where a certain suspension of belief is required to enjoy the plot. For readers that are looking for something different and are okay with a non-linear plot, this is a good choice. There is one caveat. There are many phrases in Spanish within the text that might be confusing for non-Spanish speakers. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars!

    Thanks to Farrar, Strauss & Giroux and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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