I Don’t Expect Anyone to Believe Me

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A Mexican student is about to fly to Barcelona on a scholarship when he is kidnapped and whisked away by thugs to a basement. The pistol-toting gangsters are threatening his cousin, who is gagged and tied to a chair. They say he must work for them. His mission? To make Laia, a Mexican student in Barcelona and the daughter of a corrupt politician, fall in love with him – so he can spy on her.

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“I don’t expect anyone to believe me,” warns the narrator of this novel, a Mexican student called Juan Pablo Villalobos. He is about to fly to Barcelona on a scholarship when he’s kidnapped in a bookshop and whisked away by thugs to a basement. The gangsters are threatening his cousin-a wannabe entrepreneur known to some as “Projects” and to others as “dickhead”-who is gagged and tied to a chair. The thugs say Juan Pablo must work for them. His mission? To make Laia, the daughter of a corrupt politician, fall in love with him. He accepts. . . . though not before the crime boss has forced him at gunpoint into a discussion on the limits of humour in literature. Part campus novel, part gangster thriller, I Don’t Expect Anyone to Believe Me is Villalobos at his best. Exuberantly foul-mouthed and intellectually agile, this hugely entertaining novel finds the light side of difficult subjects-immigration, corruption, family loyalty and love-in a world where the difference between comedy and tragedy depends entirely on who’s telling the joke. Praise for Juan Pablo Villalobos: ‘Funny, convincing, appalling…a punch-packer.’ Ali Smith ‘Savagely funny.’ Lili Wright, New York Times   

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Weight 315 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.3 cm
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Pages

288

Language

English

Edition

Paperback original

Dewey

863.7 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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