A History of the World for Rebels and Somnambulists

A History of the World for Rebels and Somnambulists

Translated by Catherine Mansfield


9781846590498 June 2008 Paperback 140pp

About the Book

From the beginning of the world, when God created Audrey Hepburn, the guilt complex and worker ants, to the end, broadcast live on a TV chat show, A History whips through our tortuous past with the deftness of a surgeon’s scalpel.

Jonah confronts a ship of Norwegian whalers; a medieval pilgrim points out the London Eye to his bored son on their way to Canterbury; Little Read Riding Hood gets drunk on cherry brandy with the wolf, and Bob Dylan loses his shadow.

Death, destruction, animal cruelty, boredom, overpopulation: enough is enough. A crowd gathers at the Vatican to protest against mortality, only to be distracted by the latest football scores … A history  unlike any other – at once sinister, alarming and breathlessly funny.

About the Author

Jesús del Campo was born in Gijón, Spain. He is a translator, a traveller and a doctor of philology. His books include A History of the World for Rebels and Somnambulists (Telegram) and a novel about Snow White.

About the Translator

Catherine Mansfield is a British translator currently based in Bogotá, Colombia. Her published translations include short stories by Ginés S. Cutillas, and China’s Silent Conquest (Penguin, 2013), a book about the emergence of China by Spanish journalists Juan Pablo Cardenal and Heriberto Araújo.


'A subtle stylish storyteller.'
Enrique de Hériz

'Crazy, funny ... [A] new cult novel'