José Agustín: De perfil [In Profile]

The latest addition to my website is José Agustín‘s De perfil [In Profile]. This novel, Agustín’s second, had considerable commercial and critical success in Mexico. It tells of four days in the life of the narrator, known only as X, a seventeen year old boy. We follow his relationship with his parents, particularly his father, a psychiatrist by profession. We also follow his first sexual experience, with a young rich woman, who is the lead singer of a band. Towards the end we see him try to register for university and learn about political action at the university. In short, we see him growing up or, at least, taking steps in that direction. The book has not, of course, been translated into English.

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