Juliï¿½n Herbert was born in Acapulco in 1971. He is a writer, musician, and teacher, and is the author of several poetry collections, a novel, a story collection, and a book of reportage. He lives in Saltillo, Mexico.
"[Juliï¿½n Herbert is] among the more interesting and ambitious prose stylists of our time. . . . Irresistibly wise."--Los Angeles Times "Tomb Song leaves space for the high-minded, the sociopolitical and the pop culture-obsessed. . . . This novel sprawls, but never loses sight of the human connection at its core -- and it's all the more moving as a result."--Star Tribune (Minneapolis) "At once a thrilling document of lives spent along the margins, and a bright burst of formal reinvention, Tomb Song remains elegiac and life-affirming."--BOMB "Herbert takes a deep dive into an emotional, interconnected story on death, family, love and ambition, resulting in a work that is at once personal and universal."--The Gazette (Cedar Rapids) "A meditation on art, intimacy, and revolution. . . . Raw, heady, and wonderful."--Literary Hub "Simultaneously gorgeous and dirty, [Herbert] brings us poignant moments of beauty."--Washington Independent Review of Books "From its pathos-filled prologue to its poignant closing lines, [Tomb Song] is shot through with fury and filial love. This sounds bleak--it isn't. Indeed, it is one of the novel's characteristics that it is able to swing from heartbreak to grisly humor within a few lines."--Words Without Borders "This is a story infused with dreams of black magic, political unrest, lone flaneuring and hard drinking, but also one of kindness, compassion, sharp humour and a loquaciousness that one usually reserves for close friends."--3: AM Magazine "It is our pleasure, as readers of Tomb Song, to witness this raw nerve's transmission of pain, memory, genius."--The Arkansas International "Beautiful and profane. . . . Herbert's style, and his skill with the boundaries of genre and narrative distance, are singularly accomplished. . . . The literary performance of Tomb Song is captivating."--Cleaver "Deeply observed; a welcome arrival by a writer worth paying attention to."--Kirkus Reviews