Signs Preceding the End of the World
This short novel is dreamy, surreal, and affecting. It's impossible to quote from SIGNS PRECEDING THE END OF THE WORLD because the entire book is made of fantastic lines that seem like the kind of thing you just need to quickly jot down in a notebook before you forget it. In fact, reading this book felt like reading a book of prophecies that are just beyond the edge of understanding.
The cover boasts that Herrera is Mexico's greatest novelist, which sounds like hyperbolic bullshit but might actually be true. I'm definitely seeking out his other books now, especially if they're translated by Dillman. I found her translation work to be solid and innovative.