Mario Bellatin in conversation with Porochista Khakpour
March 23, 2016, 7:00 PM
Apocryphal biographies, lost fragments, mutations and curiosities, the sacred and profane--the work of Mario Bellatin is among the most strange, startling, and innovative in contemporary Mexican literature. In The Large Glass, the latest of Bellatin’s experiments to make it into English, the author sets himself on a complicated topic: himself. What arise out of this engagement are three autobiographies, each a deconstruction of the memoir-form, and each addressing the limits of what we can say about that tricky subject called “self.” In conversation with Porochista Khakpour.
“Mario Bellatin, who has the fortune or misfortune of being considered Mexican by the Mexicans and Peruvian by the Peruvians [is one of the] writers without whom there’s no understanding of this entelechy that we call new Latin American literature.” —Roberto Bolaño
“In Peru there is a generation of new writers who seek to depart from the regular forms of writing realist novels. Mario Bellatin and Iván Thays have become the masters of those writers.” —Mario Vargas Llosa