The Rascal Years

Xavier Velasco

NARRATIVE. PLANETA, 2016. 472 PAGES

Nights spent on Atari arcade games. The first Walkman. The great devaluation. Blouses with shoulder pads. Hugo's missed penalty. Pat Benatar's hairdos. That old song by The Clash. The day of the earthquake. Los años sabandijas (The Rascal Years) is a breathless journey through a wild decade, when no one is afraid to look ridiculous and laws seem thoroughly negotiable to Ruby and Roxy: two unscrupulous scamps whose days are populated by a wide variety of urban fauna.

Scoundrels, strippers, killers, visionaries, transvestites, fraudsters, gang members, Hollywood legends, stuck-up yuppies, unreformed convicts, white collar criminals and plenty of smaller fry can be found in this contemporary picaresque, told through the pitiless gaze of an engagingly complicit narrator. There's no need for an excuse: once the festival of cheating begins, everyone dances to the tune of the green bills.

Los años sabandijas is Velasco in his element. A novel full of irony, twists and chance events, where the only law is that of the jungle and your sole duty is to die when you're supposed to.

Artícle in EL UNIVERSAL

Interview in MILENIO

Article in TRIBUNA NOTICIAS

Article in MÁSPORMÁS

Article in INFORMADOR

PUBLISHED BY: Spanish PLANETA 

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