I Don’t Expect Anyone to Believe Me by Juan Pablo Villalobos (And Other Stories, Sheffield, 2020).
Reviewed by Jayne Marshall
This is a very funny novel. Once, that is, one has defined what funny is, as well as what a novel is. Welcome to the multi-layered, meta-world of Juan Pablo Villalobos. Not Juan Pablo Villalobos the author that is, but the protagonist of the novel with the same name, who – like the author – travelled to Europe to write a doctoral thesis about the limits of humour in Latin American literature of the twentieth century. Are you laughing yet?
Jayne Marshall is a fiction and narrative non-fiction writer who holds an MSt in Creative Writing, with distinction, from the University of Oxford. She has been published in magazines and anthologies in the UK, USA, Australia, India and Spain. Jayne is originally from the UK but currently lives in Madrid.