I Don’t Expect Anyone to Believe Me


The author of Down the Rabbit Hole delivers a hilarious and prize-winning tale of immigrants, students and gangsters in Barcelona

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Winner of the 2016 Herralde Prize

“I don’t expect anyone to believe me,” warns the narrator of this novel, a Mexican student called Juan Pablo Villalobos. He is about to fly to Barcelona on a scholarship when he’s kidnapped in a bookshop and whisked away by thugs to a basement. The gangsters are threatening his cousin-a wannabe entrepreneur known to some as “Projects” and to others as “dickhead”-who is gagged and tied to a chair. The thugs say Juan Pablo must work for them. His mission? To make Laia, the daughter of a corrupt politician, fall in love with him. He accepts. . . . though not before the crime boss has forced him at gunpoint into a discussion on the limits of humour in literature.

Part campus novel, part gangster thriller, I Don’t Expect Anyone to Believe Me is Villalobos at his best. Exuberantly foul-mouthed and intellectually agile, this hugely entertaining novel finds the light side of difficult subjects-immigration, corruption, family loyalty and love-in a world where the difference between comedy and tragedy depends entirely on who’s telling the joke.

Praise for Juan Pablo Villalobos:

‘Funny, convincing, appalling…a punch-packer.’ Ali Smith

‘Savagely funny.’ Lili Wright, New York Times

Additional information

Weight 0.336 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.8 × 2.3 cm










Paperback original


863.7 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

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