By Javier Marías
A boiled-down gem of a Marías tale approximately how Elvis (in Acapulco to movie a film) and his hard-drinking entourage abandon their interpreter in a seedy cantina jam-packed with enraged criminals after insults begin to fly. whilst the neighborhood kingpin calls for to learn what the americans are asserting, Elvis himself gives you a fair extra stinging parting shot – and who has to translate that?
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Bad Nature, or With Elvis in Mexico by Javier Marías