American Delirium (América alucinada)

The destruction of utopia.

In a small Midwestern city, the deer population starts attacking people. So Beryl, a feisty senior and ex-hippie with a troubled past, decides to take matters into her own hands, training a squad of fellow retirees to hunt the animals down and to prove to society they’re capable of more than playing bingo.

At the same time, a group of protesters decides to abandon the “system” and live in the woods, leaving behind the demands of modern life?including their children. Nine-year-old Berenice never thought her mother would join the dropouts, but she’s been gone for several days, leaving only a few clues about her past for Berenice to piece together.

Vik, a taxidermist at the natural history museum and an immigrant from the Caribbean, is beginning to see the connections among the dropouts, the deer, and the discord. He is not normally the type to speak up, but when he finds a woman living in his closet, he is forced to get involved. Each of these engrossing characters holds a key to the city’s unraveling?despite living on the margins of society?and just as their lives start to spin out of control; they rescue one another in surprising ways.


RELEVANT DATA: From award-winning novelist Argentine Betina González, American Delirium is a dizzying, luminous English-language debut about an American town overrun by a mysterious hallucinogen and the collision of three unexpected characters through the mayhem.

González is an internationally acclaimed Argentinian writer who owns several prestigious awards, she holds the Premio Clarín, the second Premio del Fondo Nacional de las Artes, or the Premio Lozano de la Universidad de Pittsburgh. She was the first woman in history to win the Premio Tusquets.

Acclaimed by the audience and the critique, Nobel prize winner José Saramago has said about her that “she has demonstrated a real command of a genre as complex as the novel”. Rosa Montero said that she is “fascinating, of great literary quality, a game of magic.”


What the critics have said:

“Unsettling, fantastical, and often hilarious . . . [Like] listening to a symphony.” The Boston Globe


AUDIOVISUAL POTENTIAL: TV Series, Miniseries, Film, TV Movie.

LANGUAGES AVAILABLE: Spanish and English.

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