The People of Paper

Author(s): Salvador Plascencia


Amidst disillusioned saints hiding in wrestling rings, mothers burnt by glowing halos, and a Baby Nostradamus who sees only blackness, a gang of flower pickers heads off to war, led by a lonely man who cannot help but wet his bed in sadness. Part memoir, part lies, this is a book about the wounds inflicted by first love and sharp objects. First published 2005.


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Salvador was first publisehd by McSweeney'sFor fans of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Italo Calvino and Jorge Luis Borges

'A stunning debut by a once-in-a-generation talent. I don't know of a young American writer more original, innovative or intense than Salvador Plascencia. The People of Paper is harrowing and gorgeous, experimental in the truest sense: it creates new means to explore essential and timeless emotional subjects' George Saunders 'Original, strange and beautifully written ... affecting and spellbinding reading' The Times 'The People of Paper is a novel like no other, emerging from the chrysalis of magic and imagination to create a world of letters that seeps back into the world we know and then metamorphoses into something else altogether. Calvino, Borges and Garcia Marquez will come to mind, but Plascencia's novel is a creature of its own, firmly grounded and soaring at the same time' T. C. Boyle 'Plascencia has stitched together an American patchwork quilt that will enchant all readers' Financial Times

Salvador Plascencia was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and now lives in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Whittier College and holds an MFA from Syracuse University. The People of Paper is his first novel.

General Fields

  • : 9780747587323
  • : Bloomsbury Press
  • : Bloomsbury Press
  • : October 2007
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 813.6
  • : 256
  • : Illustrations
  • : Salvador Plascencia
  • : Paperback