The Mad Patagonian

Guest Post: LARRY RILEY's review of The Mad Patagonian by Javier Pedro Zabala

I'll start by saying that I think it's unfortunate that JAVIER PEDRO ZABALA never had a chance to see his work published. The Mad Patagonian (apparently his one and only work) is a massive and extraordinary 1,210 pages of great literature that spans centuries, continents and cultures, yet seemingly without effort, manages to link them all together seamlessly. The Mad Patagonian is one of the rare works of literature that has multiple philosophical, political and narrative and historical dimensions that are all powerfully and equally matched.

Stylistically, Zabala's writing is a composite of multiple influences ... whether reminiscent of specific writers or particular genres, it is always maintaining an utterly modern tone.  From book to book (and there are nine books of varying lengths divided into three parts that comprise the text of The Mad Patagonian) these influences arrived one right after another and, to me, looked like this:
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