Entry updated 28 December 2020. Tagged: Author.
(1984- ) Mexican academic and author who first came to notice with Caballos de fuerza ["Horsepower"] (coll of linked stories 2007), which is not literally fantastic; his first novel, Yakarta (2016; trans Thomas Bunstead as Jakarta 2019), uncannily emplaces a narrative, clearly derived from the SF Megatext, into an abstractly imagined world, very like but not fixable as actually Earth. In what seems to be the Near Future country of Atlantika, whose capital is Jakarta, a recurrent viral Pandemic known as the Z-Bug has once again retreated, leaving a demoralized citizenry in its wake. The protagonists of the tale spend much of their time Underground cleansing the world beneath Jakarta of infected children; they are obsessed by what seems to be a Videogame played in a "genuine" Virtual Reality; they attempt to survive under a Dystopian neoliberal social order unable to control the privileged one percenters it has fostered, who routinely escape the Z-Bug by retreating to high-rise Keeps while the lower orders, known as Albynos, grapple with the consequences of such a system. [JC]
Rodrigo Márquez Tizano
born Mexico City, Mexico: 1984
- Yakarta (Mexico City, Mexico: Sexto Piso, 2016) [pb/Bayrol Jiménez]
- Jakarta (Minneapolis, Minnesota: Coffee House Press, 2019) [trans by Thomas Bunstead of the above: pb/]
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