The Vamp of Mexico Street
El vampiro de la calle Méjico
Juan, an art restorer obsessed with mosaics, is accused by his lovers, and even by a policeman, of being a vampire. This is an accusation that he doesn’t understand but which he ends up accepting. One day, Juan’s solitary existence is interrupted by Teresa, a happy and enigmatic woman who is willing to indulge him in return for his favours. Between them emerges an intense and ambiguous relationship which becomes the engine of this striking, tragicomic and deeply contemplative novel about the vicissitudes of love and the fear of solitude.
Vicente Molina Foix was born in Elche and studied Philosophy in Madrid. He lived in England for eight years, where he graduated in Art History from the University of London after which he became a Spanish teacher at Oxford. Dramatic author, critic and director (his film Sagitario premiered in 2001), his literary work has developed principally—after his inclusion in Castellet’s legendary anthology Nine new Spanish poets—in the field of the novel. Among his works are: Museo provincial de los horrores, Busto (Premio Barral 1973), La comunión de los atletas, Los padres viudos (Premio Azorín 1983), La Quincena Soviética (Premio Herralde 1988), La misa de Baroja, La mujer si cabezas and El vampiro de la calle Méjico (Premio Alfonso García Ramos 2002). His extraordinary versions of Shakespeare's Hamlet, King Lear and The Merchant of Venice, and as his film criticism collected in El cine estilográfico, have also been widely celebrated.