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ISBN 978-0-8101-1975-8
Publication Date
November 2002
Page Count
240 pages
Trim Size
5 1/2 x 8 1/2


Julian Rios

In Monstruary, Julián Ríos takes the reader into the eerie existence of the painter Mons, who has created a series of works entitled "Monstruary," a menagerie of personal demons summoned from the disturbing and often erotic images of his past. We follow Mons on nocturnal outings and infernal escapades, as he encounters fiendish figures, otherworldly phantasms, and the beautiful models and prostitutes who serve as his muses. Ríos describes Mons' experiences and art works by calling up all of the monsters of the Western World--from classical antiquity to the silver screen, from the Minotaur to Dracula--and collapsing the boundaries between reality and imagination. Using playful and inventive language, he shows the dark side of the human heart and the strange places where life and art overlap.

About the Author

Julián Ríos was born in Galicia, Spain. He is on the editorial board of a number of magazines, contributes to journals in various countries, and has edited several fiction and essay series. His previous books include Larva (Dalkey Archive, 1990), Poundemonium (Dalkey Archive, 1997), and Loves That Bind (Vintage Books, 1999). Monstruary was included on the Los Angles Times Best Fiction Books of 2001. Ríos now lives in France.

Edith Grossman is also the translator of Ríos' Loves That Bind (Vintage Books, 1999), as well as many works by Mario Vargas Llosa including The Feast of the Goat (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2001).
"[I]t's easy to see why Ríos has been acclaimed the most sheerly dazzling of Spain's living writers." --Washington Post Book World
"Another pun-derful literary extravaganza from the brilliant Spaniard making a name for himself as a contemporary equivalent of Joyce, Nabakov, and German Experimentalist Arno Schmidt. So much fun to read that you may not notice how remarkably inventive and suggestive it is. Ríos is an authentic enchanter." --Kirkus Reviews
"[A] dazzling display of erudition and linguistic pyrotechnics." --Booklist