Tears of the Trufflepig
|Author||Fernando A. Flores|
Tears of the Trufflepig is a 2019 novel by writer Fernando A. Flores. Though it is not Flores' first published book, it is his first novel. The novel is set in a future where normal, farmed food is scarce and the rich survive through the use of "filtered" animals and plants, created artificially. "Filtered" animals tend to be extinct taxa, restored to life to serve as food, clothing, or entertainment.
The book takes place in Texas and Mexico at an unspecified point in the future. Disease is common, crime syndicates control most food production, and wealthy collectors have created a market for the shrunken heads of the indigenous people of the Americas.
Development and writing
Flores eschews the use of a computer during writing, preferring to use an Olivetti Lettera 32, and used the typewriter to compose Tears of the Trufflepig. Flores won a $10,000 award for his first book, Death to the Bullshit Artists of South Texas, Vol. 1. The prize allowed Flores to work part-time, giving him an opportunity to focus more on Tears of the Trufflepig than he otherwise would have. The first draft of the book was completed in 2014.
Flores cites Roberto Bolaño's book 2666 as an inspiration, and has referred to the book as "[...] the best border novel of all time". Flores created a nine-song Spotify playlist to accompany the book.
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- Martin Davies, David (24 May 2019). "Texas Matters: A Surreal View Of The Border's Dark Future". Kera News. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
- Schaub, Michael (14 May 2019). "Beasts of the Border". Texas Observer. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
- Agresta, Michael (May 2019). "The Psychedelic State of South Texas". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
- Madaus, KrisAnnef (26 April 2019). "Fernando A. Flores: "The oldest stories of this land were fantastical in essence"". Guernica. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
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