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    • Fiction
      September 2020

      A Love

      by Sara Mesa

      Ambitious, solid, risky: a novel about solitude and exclusion that is disturbing like Highsmith and sexual like Lawrence. Nat, a young and inexperienced translator, has just moved to the small rural nucleus La Escapa. Her landlord will soon show his true colors and the conflicts surrounding the dilapidated rented house will become a real obsession for her. The rest of the area’s inhabitants will receive Nat with apparent normalcy, while deep down lie incomprehension and mutual strangeness. La Escapa will go on to acquire its own personality, oppressing and confusing, which will make Nat face not only her neighbors, but her own self and failures. Filled with silences and missteps, prejudices and implicit meanings, taboos and transgressions, Un amor confronts readers with the limits of their own morality in a novel in which, as though it were a Greek tragedy, the most unsuspected desires of its protagonists emerge while the community constructs a scapegoat. «What is fascinating about Sara Mesa is her ability to map the human condition through losers, the abuse of power, oppressive and isolated places, the slow and continuous degradation. That’s why her novels are so interesting: because they are always rough, bitter, sincere, dark, unpleasant and slow» (Ángeles López, La Razón).

    • Fiction
      January 2019


      by Esther García Llovet

      A brilliant portrait of the Madrid you won’t find in tourist guides. A thriller with imagery and situations worthy of a David Lynch in a state of grace. A night in the outskirts of Madrid—gambling and bingo, gas stations and bars in the middle of nowhere. A starkly real Madrid in which suddenly the unexpected, even the magical, can happen. This is the backdrop for the characters of this novel, losers in search of an opportunity. Their names are Nikki and Sánchez. They’ve shared a life together in the past, but now they are separated. She has been dealing tobacco in the South and now has come back to Madrid where she has entered the world of gambling and greyhound races. He is famous for being jinxed and inclined to disappear. Nikki asks Sánchez to help her to deliver a greyhound named Cromwell to an Italian woman who is in the racing business. Over the course of an endless night, the couple will make its way through a spectral Madrid as they search for this greyhound and meet a cast of odd characters, such as the Serbian artist who has just put on a performance that consists of eating raw meat in the middle of a forest for 24 hours… «Esther García Llovet is a rara avis… The author questions every code, every image, every word… Wonderful» (Marta Sanz).

    • Fiction
      January 2020

      The Heart of the Party

      by Gonzalo Torné

      An incisive, daring, vibrant, and shameless novel about community and class, the nation and money. After inheriting an enormous flat in the center of Barcelona, Clara Montsalvatges decides to transform it into a space where she can take care of friends who are going through a rough patch. But everything changes when a mysterious neighboring couple begins to shout and fight. Partly out of fear and partly as a game, Clara invites her ex-boyfriend to help her “resolve” the situation while they decide what to do with one another. After a night of yelling and fighting, Clara breaks into the flat across the hall and becomes a confidante for her neighbor Violeta Mancebo—the King of Cataluña’s daughter-in-law, who narrates a story in which her modest origins contrast with those of a wealthy, corrupt social class that holds power. A novel about money and class that melds with the best within the tradition of literature made in Barcelona. «It has something in common with novelists like Juan Marsé, Eduardo Mendoza, and Manuel Vázquez Montalbán» (José Antonio Montano, The Objective). «Torné can be perfectly placed alongside Philip Roth and Karl Ove Knausgård: he is a master of tone» (Tanya Sweeney, Independent).

    • Fiction
      May 2019

      When I Sing The Mountain Dances

      by Irene Solà

      EUROPEAN UNION PRIZE FOR LITERATURE A novel of the mountain in which humans, the animal kingdom, and the vegetal kingdom take the floor to tell an incredibly beautiful story of love, friendship, and redemption. Domènec, a peasant and a poet, and Sió, his wife and a beautiful and determined girl, move to Matavaques, his country house in the mountains close to the border with France. During one of their usual walks, Domènec dies hit by lightning during a storm. Sió must carry on running the farm and with the education of their children Mia and Hilari, who are still very young. The local legends and the landscape of the Pyrenees shape the imagination and sensibility of these children who have a wonderful friendship with a neighbor their age: the strong and mysterious Jaume. He and Mia enter into a relationship. When they are just 20, Hilari and Jaume go hunting and Jaume accidentally kills Hilari. He never returns to the village when he gets out of prison. Time passes, Mia is a shy woman who lives only with the company of her dog Lluna. One night when he’s had too much to drink at the bar where he works as a cook, Jaume runs over a deer with his car. When he realizes that the animal is still alive, he feels the impulse to go back to Matavaques to finally talk to Mia. With an overflowing and contagious energy, Solà has written a tight novel with beautiful prose full of textures and a daring game of points of view. «Solà's prose seduces us with her exultant ability to write about memory, knowledge, and life in a world of its own with enthusiasm and joy» (Ponç Puigdevall, El País).

    • Fiction
      March 2020

      small red women

      by Marta Sanz

      A novel about the dead and the disappeared, for whom the search still endures, and against a far-right that has never left and turned into a universal threat. A noir novel that prolongs the possibility of the political novel. Paula Quiñones arrives in Azafrán as a volunteer to help locate civil war mass graves. Little by little, she integrates herself into the community and gets to know its power dynamics, governed by a family whose patriarch has just turned one hundred years old. The story becomes obscured, and the village becomes a threatening space in which Paula’s discoveries begin to put her in danger. Who were the dead that Paula is looking for? Who do the voices, that chase her like a tragic chorus of kids and women, belong to? A novel about economic and cultural violence, and about violence against women, that dissects accounts of memory. «Sanz has few possible competitors in her generation. If someone is called to remain in posterity, it’s her (…) She has talent, brightness, and nerve. It's literature in its pure state (…) With each narration that carries her signature, the miracle of good literature is produced» (Ángeles López, La Razón). «small red women—like so, in lowercase—is a subversive game that becomes a homage. The story of Paula, a middle aged inspector who arrives in the imagined location of Azafrán to work on a project of historical memory (…) The far-right’s boom in Spain and around the world has given this story an unexpected urgency. Or maybe not so unexpected (…) The novel takes from many genres and at the same time transcends them, manipulates them. But, like the previous two parts of the trilogy, it bathes in the noir and plays with it» (Juan Carlos Galindo, El País).

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