Mateo García Elizondo
Ciudad de México, México, 1987
Mateo García Elizondo holds a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Westminster in London, and a PHD in Journalism from the London School of Journalism. He wrote the film scripts for Desierto, Domingo (2013) and Clickbait (2018) and his fiction has appeared in media such as Granta, Nexos, Epoka and Huun.Arte/pensamiento desde México. His work as a graphic novel scriptwriter has been published by WP Comics, Premier Comics, Swampline Comics and the magazine Entropy. His first novel, Una cita con la Lady, won the City of Barcelona Award. In 2021 he was listed by Granta magazine as one of the world's best writers in Spanish under thirty-five years of age.
Una cita con la Lady - 2019
2019 City of Barcelona Literature Award
A spectral journey between life and death, between love and its loss. Mateo García Elizondo's excellent debut.
“I came to Zapotal to die once and for all. As soon as I set foot in the town I got rid of everything I had in my pockets, the keys to the house I abandoned in the city, and anything with my name or a picture of my face on it. I have nothing left but three thousand pesos, two hundred grams of opium and a quarter of an ounce of heroin, and that should be enough to kill me.” The protagonist and narrator of this novel goes in search of a definitive appointment with ‘the lady’ in the form of white powder. And to do so he embarks on a journey to the end of the night; he has a succession of disturbing encounters, with the ghosts of friends who have died along the way, with his memories of the great city he left behind, and with his own past.
The opening sentence of the novel evokes the famous beginning of Rulfo's Pedro Páramo, and there are echoes in its pages of the grotesque Mexican carnival of self-destruction of Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano. In this extraordinary and surprising debut, Mateo García Elizondo uses hypnotic, absorbing prose to narrate a journey into the heart of darkness, the spectral descent into hell of an addict who takes a path with only one possible destination, which comes closer and closer.
- 2019 - City of Barcelona Literature Award for Una cita con la Lady