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The Story of My Teeth (La historia de mis dientes)

Translated into English by Christina McSweeney

Winner of the LA Times Book Prize for Fiction 2016.

Gustavo 'Highway' Sánchez is a man with a mission: he is planning to replace every last one of his unsightly teeth. He has a few skills that might help him on his way: he can imitate Janis Joplin after two rums, he can interpret Chinese fortune cookies, he can stand an egg upright on a table, and he can float on his back. And, of course, he is the world's best auction caller - although other people might not realise this, because he is, by nature, very discreet.

Studying auctioneering under Grandmaster Oklahoma and the famous country singer Leroy Van Dyke, Highway travels the world, amassing his collection of 'Collectibles' and perfecting his own specialty: the allegoric auction. In his quest for a perfect set of pearly whites, he finds unusual ways to raise the funds, culminating in the sale of the jewels of his collection: the teeth of the 'notorious infamous' - Plato, Petrarch, Chesterton, Virginia Woolf et al.

Written with elegance, wit and exhilarating boldness, Valeria Luiselli takes us on an idiosyncratic and hugely enjoyable journey that offers an insightful meditation on value, worth and creation, and the points at which they overlap.


Territories: UK: Granta Books USA: Coffee House Press Iraq: AlMada Group Brazil: Objetiva China: Horizon Denmark: Grif Estonia: Tanapaev France: Éditions de l'Olivier Germany: Kunstmann Israel: Achuzat Bayit Books Italy: Nuova Fronteira Japan: Hakusuisha Co Netherlands: Karaat Poland: Grupa Wydawnicza Foksal Sweden: Rámus Turkey: Siren Mexico: Sexto Piso
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