Rodrigo Rey Rosa at NYU
60 5th Ave
New York, NY 10011
Rodrigo Rey Rosa, author of the forthcoming The Country of Toó, will be speaking at the Remarque Institute at NYU! Rey Rosa will be in conversation with Merve Emre and Rachel Nolan. The event will take place both in-person in Room 150 and virtually via Zoom on Tuesday, May 2 at 5PM.
More details and Zoom registration here.
Preorder The Country of Toó here!
This sumptuously written thriller asks probing questions about how we live with each other and with our planet.
Raised on his wits on the streets of Central America, the Cobra, a young debt collector and gang enforcer, has never had the chance to discern between right and wrong, until he’s assigned the murder of Polo, a prominent human rights activist—and his friend. When his conscience gives him pause and his patrón catches on, a remote Mayan community offers the Cobra a potential refuge, but the people there are up against predatory mining companies. With danger encroaching, the Cobra is forced to confront his violent past and make a decision about what he’s willing to risk in the future, and who it will be for.
Following the Cobra, Polo, a faction of drug-dealing oligarchs, and Jacobo, a child caught in the crosshairs, Rey Rosa maps an extensive web of corruption upheld by decades of political oppression. A scathing indictment of exploitation in all its forms, The Country of Toó is a gripping account of what it means to consider societal change under the constant threat of violence.
Born and raised in Guatemala City, Rodrigo Rey Rosa is the author of five collections of short stories and more than a dozen novels that have been published in sixteen languages. Among his works available in English are The Beggar’s Knife, The Pelcari Project (both translated by expatriate American author Paul Bowles), The Good Cripple, The African Shore, Human Matter, and Chaos: A Fable. Rey Rosa has been awarded Guatemala’s national literature prize, China’s Best Foreign Book Award, and, for his life’s work, the prestigious José Donoso Prize in Chile.