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    • Literary Fiction
      April 2018

      Cervantes for goats, Marx for sheep

      by Pablo Santiago Chiquero

      Mateo works as a herdsman of goats and sheep in Abra, a remote village in the province of Córdoba. He is smart and inquisitive, and due to the lack of incentives in his life he suffers from a severe depression. Only Lázaro Esquivel, a newcomer teacher, is able to get him out of his lethargy using an unorthodox therapy, at the same time that the II Republic of Spain is proclaimed. Once recovered, the first goal of the herdsman will be winning back Conchita, his ex-girlfriend. His second goal will be encouraging reading to get the village of Abra out of its ancient lack of culture. He will try to achieve this with a false veterinary experiment between goats and sheep that will put the whole village to read Cervantes’ Quixote and Marx’s Capital. The novel, set in the rural Andalusia at the beginnings of the 30s, suggests the possibility of a total metamorphosis of society through knowledge and the change of moral values as consequence. More than a rural comedy, Cervantes is for goats, Marx is for sheep is a fable about the love of books, the faith in classic authors and the transformative power of reading.

    • Literary Fiction
      March 2020


      by Juan Francisco Ferré

      The exorcism is a writing technique that can be used to free the energy of demons inhabiting our reality and mind, and then pass them to some other body. These tales invoke those intrusive and obsessive presences using words and fiction. They are tales about bits and pieces, told out loud and softly, with fine and thick traces, with the cry full of rage of a possessed man or a prisoner, and with the intimate whispering of naked lovers in the darkness of their bedroom. They talk about history, but not only. About desire and sex, about craziness and stupidity, about the body and its powers, traumas and sorrows, about love and eroticism, about animals and time, about loneliness and beauty, about the past and the present, about women and men and children, about the brain and its marvelous fantasy, about youth and the end of dreams, about power and politics and the corruption of power and politics, but not only. They are the exorcisms of strange voices and imaginary lives that the author has lived so intensely as he has lived his own.

    • Myth & legend told as fiction
      October 2018

      On Homer and Other Gods

      by Irene Reyes-Noguerol

      In the remote past, the poets sang about love, war, loneliness, melancholy and oblivion, and Homeric poems were not an exception. Going back to this tradition, these tales talk about Hera’s jealousy, the wrath of Achilles, the pain of the Trojan women, the death of Hector, Hermes’ travels and Penelope’s long wait with a delicate and brilliant style. The myths are not re-written, but brought to the present with characters that could live in any urban space of our century.

    • Literary Fiction
      April 2019

      This Earth Is Forever

      by Javier Vela

      With a historical landscape close to the present one and in a not-so-different Europe, the damages caused by climate changed have devastated the weakest populations in the old continent. In the South, the temperature raise contributed to a diaspora of thousands of people that now try to find refuge in the Nordic regions. At the same time, Emma and Argus, a couple suffering the fatigue of their daily coexistence in the Swedish island of Frösön, become aware of the decline, previously unnoticed, that has started to take over the Scandinavian map. The arrival of Hugo, a boy from a country devastated by fires and floods, will be decisive in their lives, although he will still need to overcome the sequels of the exile that marks his character. This Earth Is Forever, with climate change and the far-right rise as a background, is mainly a psychological and introspective novel that we could classify as climate fiction.

    • Women's Fiction
      November 2019

      Under the Fig Tree

      by María Bautista

      Clara returns from Berlin after ten years with a suitcase filled with pain and guilt. It’s almost impossible for her to feel like she is back home: her mother is not there anymore and her friends are trying to survive the economic crisis and adult life. Without prospects and without a job, she tries to face her past and to recover the hope of a future by moving to a small village in Salamanca to take care of Inés, her 93 years old grandmother. In a house full of the old woman ghosts, always ill-tempered and elusive, Clara will discover a story that, like her own, is marked by the deaths of others and by secrets that, sooner or later, will come out to light. With a Spanish depopulated rural village as a background, the novel tells the encounter between two generations of women and how they overcome their differences through sorority and solidarity.

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