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.