Myth of Pterygium

Read by Sean Lenhart

Myth of Pterygium

Read by Sean Lenhart

About the Book

Winner of the 2021 Rising Writer Prize in Fiction, selected by Maryse Meijer

This debut novel is set in a vaguely dystopian, yet also realistic, Mexico City—endless traffic jams, relentless clouds of pollution, economic hardships, and the ever-present threat of drug cartels. The unnamed narrator of the novel, at times, referred to as Arthur—in part because of the growing similarity of his life with Arthur Rimbaud’s—struggles with the dissonance of leading an artistic life while providing for his family. A failed, penniless poet with a child on the way, he is forced to take a job in his family’s weapons dealing enterprise, which he soon discovers is connected to the corrupt Mexican armed forces and drug cartels, who are responsible for the increasing death toll in the country. All the while, the narrator struggles with a growing condition in his right eye, a pterygium, that is slowly taking over his vision, blurring the events of his life, including his wife’s complicated pregnancy, extortions by the drug cartels, and his own relationship to his writing. As the narrator gradually finds his life spiraling out of control, the novel moves quickly to a startling conclusion.

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Diego Gerard Morrison is a writer, editor, and translator, whose recent work explores themes of magical realism and appropriation set within the context of the Mexican drug war. He is the co-founder and fiction editor of diSONARE, an editorial project based in Mexico City. His fiction, non-fiction, and other writings appear or are forthcoming in […]

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