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  • Fiction
    August 2020

    La Buena Suerte

    by Rosa Montero

    A moving story of love and atonement. Wakefield meets The Accidental Tourist in the depths of rural Spain.Text:Looking out of the window of a train during a brief stop at the station of a god-forsaken town in the middle of nowhere, run-down and absolutely ugly, a passenger notices a sign advertising a flat for sale. Pablo, 54, a prestigious architect from Madrid who is traveling to give a conference, decides that this hellhole is a good place to abandon himself to the pain that is eating him away. Without a second thought, Pablo leaves the train – and his previous life – and pays for the apartment in cash, a pigsty he settles into with just the basics, without informing his friends or his employees and with the sole purpose of disappearing.His plans do not include meeting a woman as alien to his world as Raluca, a supermarket cashier and painter who loves kitsch artwork, and who is indestructible, despite how badly she has been treated by life. In her, Pablo will find the strength to start from scratch – as a supermarket shelf filler – and learn to face up to a family past cut short by evil in its purest expression.

  • Fiction

    La Forastera

    by Olga Merino

    A contemporary western set in the rugged, unforgiving territory ofrural Spain. A thrilling story about human resilience. For the locals, Angie is the village crazy lady. She lives isolated and alone in the country, surrounded by ghosts who torment her with childhood memories of a poor working-class neighbourhood in Barcelona and a passionate love affair in her youth with an artist from London. One morning, Angie discovers the lifeless body of the local landowner hanging from the branch of a walnut tree. This news endangers her own land and the future of the entire village. In her struggle to keep what’s hers, Angie uncovers a series of secrets deeply buried in that land. This leads to a liberating realisation: once you lose everything, they can’t take anything away from you. And then you’re invincible.

  • Fiction

    Primera Memoria /The Island

    by Ana María Matute

    “This is an old and wicked island. An island of Phoenicians and merchants, ofbloodsuckers and frauds.” Ana María Matute’s 1959 novel is a powerful and unsettling coming-of age novel, set on Mallorca during the Spanish Civil War. It’s a stifling story of rebellious adolescence, narrated by Matia, as she struggles against her domineering grandmother, schemes with her mercurial cousin Borja and begins to fall in love with the strange boy Manuel. Steeped in myth, fairy tale and biblical allusion, the novel depicts Mallorca as an enchanted but wicked island, a lost Eden and Never Never Land combined, where the sun burns through stained glass windows and the windtears itself on the agaves. Ostensibly concerned with Matia’s anxieties aboutentering the adult world, this internal confl ict is set against the much wider,deeper, and more frightening confl ict of the civil war as it plays out almostsecretly on the island, set in turn against the backdrop of the Inquisition’s massburning of Jews in previous centuries. These two confl icts shimmer at theedges of Matia’s highly subjective account of her life on the island, where life isdrawn along painful and divisive lines.

  • Fiction
    May 2021

    Simpatía

    by Rodrigo Blanco Calderón

    Proof of the chaos and misery that plague Caracas are the hordes of dogs that roam the streets, abandoned by the millions of Venezuelans who flee the country. That’s why Ulises, who’s flat broke and teaches in a modest cinema workshop, agrees to create a foundation to rescue dogs in need. Ulises is unwittingly dragged into an odyssey of family entanglements, dangers that have him doubting the people around him—where suddenly no one is what they seem—and mysteries surrounding the most famous, patriotic dogs in Venezuela. With a masterful hand and refined sense of humour, Rodrigo Blanco has produced a mystery, not without parodic elements, packed with references to cinema, literature, and dogs. Simpatía is like a tragicomic fresco, sometimes grotesque, of Venezuela today. There’s an ironic, irreverent take on some of the country’s most mythical figures, from Simón Bolívar to Hugo Chávez, and a sharp, hilarious reflection on inheritance and identity.

  • Fiction

    Yo, Julia

    by Santiago Posteguillo

    A historical novel based on the life of Julia Domna, one of the most relevant, fascinating, and unknown female characters in the history of Rome. Wife and mother of emperors, Julia Domna (170-217), of Syrian origin, was an outsider who captivated all of Rome with her intelligence and beauty. In her struggle to protect her family and husband, Governor Septimius Severus (who she shrewdly turned into an emperor), Julia faced turbulent times. She lived in an era of political and economic instability, marked by a succession of five emperors in scarcely five years, including the cruel and unpredictable Emperor Commodus. Meanwhile, the great empire was threatened by a civil war capable of undermining its very foundations.

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