Juan Villoro presents "Horizontal Vertigo: A City Called Mexico," with Paul Theroux

March 25, 2021, 7:30 PM

****Please note: this program has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 25, at 7:30 PM ET. 

Juan Villoro joins us to present Horizontal Vertigo: A City Called Mexico, in conversation with Paul Theroux. This program will take place on Zoom. Register here:

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At once intimate and wide-ranging, and as enthralling, surprising, and vivid as the place itself, this is a uniquely eye-opening tour of one of the great metropolises of the world, and its largest Spanish-speaking city.
Horizontal Vertigo: The title refers to the fear of ever-impending earthquakes that led Mexicans to build their capital city outward rather than upward. With the perspicacity of a keenly observant flaneur, Juan Villoro wanders through Mexico City seemingly without a plan, describing people, places, and things while brilliantly drawing connections among them. In so doing he reveals, in all its multitudinous glory, the vicissitudes and triumphs of the city ’s cultural, political, and social history: from indigenous antiquity to the Aztec period, from the Spanish conquest to Mexico City today—one of the world’s leading cultural and financial centers.
In this deeply iconoclastic book, Villoro organizes his text around a recurring series of topics: “Living in the City,” “City Characters,” “Shocks,” “Crossings,” and “Ceremonies.” What he achieves, miraculously, is a stunning, intriguingly coherent meditation on Mexico City’s genius loci, its spirit of place.

Born in Mexico City in 1956, Juan Villoro is Mexico's preeminent novelist. Author of a half-dozen prizewinning novels, Villoro is also a journalist. In 2004 he received the Herralde Prize for his novel El testigo. He is a huge soccer fan.

Paul Theroux is the author of over fifty books. His novels include The Lower River and The Mosquito Coast, which will be released as an Apple TV series in late April. His renowned travel books include Deep South and On the Plain of Snakes. He divides his time between Cape Cod and Hawaii, which is the setting of his latest novel, Under the Wave at Waimea which will be published on April 13 and is now available for pre-order.