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The Book Report Episode 12: ‘Signs Preceding the End of the World’ by Yuri Herrera

By posted at 12:00 pm on March 13, 2015 1

Welcome to a new episode of The Book Report presented by The Millions! This week, Janet and Mike discuss Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera, translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman. It is about a young woman who may be dead. But maybe she’s not. Or maybe she was not dead at the beginning of the book but is dead at the end. We’re not entirely sure, but we love it.

covercovercoverTopics discussed in this episode: Mexico, border crossing, sinkholes, Gabriel García Márquez, death, family, peace, journeys, immigration, the end of the world, The Odyssey by Homer, childhood, badassery, New Orleans, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Filmed for this episode, but edited out by C. Max Magee: Janet and Mike debut their new comedy novelty band, Millions of Laffs!, with a song performed on kazoo and ukulele about the National Book Critics Circle Awards and pizza.

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One Response to “The Book Report Episode 12: ‘Signs Preceding the End of the World’ by Yuri Herrera”

  1. Janet Potter
    at 12:57 pm on March 16, 2015

    As an addendum, we received an email from the book’s translator that gives us some fascinating insight into the book’s allegorical meaning. Makina’s journey in the book actually parallels the journey to the Aztec underworld of Mictlan. In Aztec mythology there are 9 steps on the road to Mictlan, which correspond to 9 chapters in the book, even in name.

    So if you read this book, which you 100% should, I recommend reading a bit about Mictlan first. I wish I had!

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