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The story of my teeth
The story of my teeth
Luiselli, Valeria, 1983-2015
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Gustavo 'Highway' Sanchez 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.
Main title:
The story of my teeth / Valeria Luiselli ; translated by Christina MacSweeney.
Imprint:
London : Granta Books, 2015.©2015
Collation:
188 pages ; 21 cm.
ISBN:
9781783780815 (hardback)
Dewey class:
863.7
Language:
EnglishSpanish
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Brighton LibraryAdult FictionLUISOnloan - Due: 17 Jul 2020
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