No contar todo
Emiliano Monge

NOVEL | 2018 | 392 pages

This is a story about the need to escape from the others and from oneself; about abandonment, love and chauvinism; about what is said, what is insinuated as well as what is not said; about lies and the different forms of violence that we experiment as we become who we are.

No contar todo, a “non-fiction novel”, introduces us to the Monge family, in particular three of its men—the grandfather, the father and the son—all while telling the story of contemporary Mexico. The grandfather, Carlos Monge McKey, whose parents were Irish, fakes his own death while blowing up his brother-in-law’s quarry. The father, Carlos Monge Sánchez, breaks with his family and his own history to move to Guerrero, where he becomes a guerrilla fighter who fights alongside Genaro Vázquez, a prominent guerrilla leader. The son, Emiliano Monge García, is born ill and will spend the first five years of his life in and out of hospitals, for which he will be considered “the weak one” and will chose to live in a web of fictions and lies that with the passing of time, will become increasingly complex and from which he will not be able to escape unless he escapes from it all.

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