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agencia literaria

Foreign Rights Catalogue 2019


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INDEX

FICTION 5

Commercial Fiction

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Literary Fiction

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Noir

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Literary Essay

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Narrative Journalism

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NON FICTION Health and Lifestyle

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NON FICTION Poetry

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COMMERCIAL COMMERCIAL FICTION FICTION

JAMÁS, NADIE Editorial Alfaguara

304

2017

Throughout history and even nowadays thousands of migrants run away daily from poverty, from violence, from war, from hunger, from injustice. Risking their lives everyday in search of an utopia, a land where they can start again and be able to work and live with dignity but the reality is often cruel and relentless. Yan, the protagonist of this novel, is only fifteen years old when he travels from China to Mexico in search of a better life, as the drought in Cantón pushes his family to leave what they love the most to ensure their survival. And so, in the year 1910, he arrives in Torreón, a city in the north of the country where he strives at work, without complaint and with devotion, until ignorance, envy and hatred envelop him in a whirlwind of blood and death. Vital and raw, loving and merciless, this novel begins with a massacre and reaches unsuspected territories where Mia, the Mexican daughter of Yan, will discover a way to reunite with a painful and endearing past that will transform her. Jamás, nadie can understand intolerance, rejection of the different, racism, xenophobia and the irrational hatred for the strange, the foreign.

BEATRIZ RIVAS Beatriz Rivas is a lawyer and journalist. She is the author of the novels La hora sin diosas (2003), Viento amargo (2006), Todas mis vidas posibles (2009), Amores adúlteros (2010), Lo que no mata, enamora (2012), Dios se fue de viaje (2014) and Fecha de caducidad (2015) with Eileen Truax and Armando VegaGil. In addition, she is co-author of six adult story books.

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LA HORA SIN DIOSAS Editorial Alfaguara

352

2013

The old Daniel Ponty, already very sick, dictates to his granddaughter his memories and makes her know intimate details of his privileged life. He lived part of it in Paris and Vienna, between 1890 and 1939 where he met and got close to characters whose names are now part of the history, including his three lovers: Lou Andreas-Salome, Hannah Arendt, Alma Mahler; And not only them but others he encountered such as Rilke, Nietzsche, Freud, Benjamin, Klimt and Rodin. Each left a mark on him, either because they moved his feelings or because they left him invaluable teachings. The plot teaches us many things but focuses, above all, in the three women mentioned and their ideas about love, art, life and intimacy.

BEATRIZ RIVAS Beatriz Rivas is a lawyer and journalist. She is the author of the novels La hora sin diosas (2003), Viento amargo (2006), Todas mis vidas posibles (2009), Amores adĂşlteros (2010), Lo que no mata, enamora (2012), Dios se fue de viaje (2014) and Fecha de caducidad (2015) with Eileen Truax and Armando VegaGil. In addition, she is co-author of six adult story books.

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DONDE TERMINA EL MAR Editorial Planeta

256

2018

After reading an article in the newspaper about the appearance of the map that supposedly leads to the Fountain of Eternal Youth, Aurelio Autieri, almost 80 years old, will begin a race to encounter with what remains of his family and settle an old debt with his most staunch enemy. Meeting Sofia, his granddaughter, will take him to what could be his last adventure, showing him that even he, who has lived through everything, has much to learn. Aurelio’s life was full of adventures. Throughout it he was a harpooner, a smuggler, a treasure hunter and a guerrilla fighter. Now he is an old man who spends his days in a geriatric hospital, but some unexpected news will put him back into action. Claudia Marcucetti Pascoli explores the human soul to its ultimate consequences, showing us how our own decisions, love, hatred and revenge affect us irremediably. Donde termina el mar is an exciting and moving novel that will make you vibrate to the rhythm of renewed youth.

CLAUDIA MARCUCETTI PASCOLI Claudia Marcucetti Pascoli is the Author of Lotería! (2003), Los Inválidos (2005) and Donde termina el mar (2018); as well as the essay collection Apuntes de viaje (2014) and the book of interviews De lecturas y vidas: 80 entrevistas sobre el poder de los libros (2018). She has written for numerous print publications as well as for digital media and television. Marcucetti also presented and produced “Cambio Literal” for ADN40, and she currently runs the literary section at the same TV station.

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APARICIÓN FORZADA Editorial Grijalbo

384

2018

After being fired by his twisted and sadic boss, Santiago is desperate to find something to restore him with vitality and security. He, who lacks experience in evil, plans a revenge that does not contemplate spilling pig blood, but only in giving his ex-boss the fright of his life. He will use a wrestler mask with the colors of the Mexican flag, that he once stole from his daughter Inés, and a Beretta pistol which he bought from the corrupt Lieutenant Luna, supervisor of the company’s security. However sometimes things do not go as planned. Inspired by the author’s experience, who worked twenty-five years in a famous transnational company, this most original novel, which keeps the reader trapped to the last page, is a fierce criticism of the unrest that capitalist society has reached, obsessed with individualism and power.

ERNESTO ALCOCER Ernesto Alcocer has published Obediencia perfecta (2014), Perversidad (2007) and También se llamaba Lola (1993). He was co-screenwriter of the film Obediencia Perfecta (inspired in his novel), winner of the Ariel Prize (2015) for best script. He is currently working on a new book and the film version of Aparición forzada. Ernesto’s literature is considered representative of “Dirty Realism”. He has also collaborated in various cultural supplements and magazines.

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SIEMPRE UN DESTIERRO Editorial Océano

288

2019

Within the current framework of the increased migrations to Europe, Siempre un destierro narrates the real story of a little migration that originated in late nineteenth-century France. Forced by poverty, driven by hope, three peasants from the Upper Savoy see in the coasts of Veracruz, Mexico their salvation. Betrayals, long distances, luck and nature play, then more than ever, a decisive role in the fortunes of migrants, who see their homeland, their people and their customs fade away before they can carve a place for themselves in Mexican lands. Based on letters sent by migrants, this novel remembers a reality that shows that every migration, regardless of its outcome, is always a banishment.

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GABRIELA COUTURIER Gabriela Couturier was born in Mexico City. She has a BA in International Relations from El Colegio de México and an MBA from Harvard University. Her essays have appeared in Nexos magazine and in the supplements “Laberinto” and “Dominical” of Milenio newspaper. Her first novel Esa otra orfandad was published in 2016.

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EL DESAFÍO DE GILBERTO BOSQUES Editorial Grijalbo

336

2018

These are the days of Franco and Hitler. Among the thousands of refugees from the Spanish Civil War, Guillermina Giralt and Francesc Planchart, two young Catalans, will live one of the most moving stories in their attempt to survive the French internment camp in Argelès-sur-Mer. But they will not be the only ones. Many others will leave their homes, face inhuman conditions and fight to preserve the most precious thing they have: their lives. In that uncertain future a man will emerge, the Mexican consul Gilberto Bosques who, risking his life and his family’s, will suffer the arrest of the Gestapo and go beyond his diplomatic functions to save thousands of people from the most cruel and harrowing persecution in history.

MÓNICA CASTELLANOS Mónica Castellanos (Monterrey, 1960) graduated from the Superior Institute of Culture and Arts of Monterrey. She has been an academic, lecturer, foundress and collaborator in different social and activist organizations. She is the author of Canasta de Comadres published by Azul editors in 2015. Her latest book Aquellas horas que nos robaron: El desafío de Gilberto Bosques (2018) is currently on its third reimpression.

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HACIA NINGUNA PARTE Caligrama

88

2018

On August 23, 1939, while the leaders of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany met in secret to sign a treaty and divide what was not theirs, 16-year-old Frania ran to her house in a small town in Poland. Who could have told her that on that same day she would begin the most painful phase of her life, that like a dandelion, would be blown by the winds of war?

MÓNICA ROJAS Mexican writer and ambassador of Save the Children Mexico. In 2011 she published her first book El cosechador de estrellas and in 2016 the children version of the book was published. In 2017, her short story “Flucht in den Tod” was published in the anthology Die spannendsten Krimis in Switzerland. Her biography of the precursor of children’s rights and founder of Save the Children has been translated into more than 100 languages.

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MANOS DE LUMBRE Páginas de espuma

144

2018

In Manos de lumbre, as told by Jean-Paul Sartre, “there’s no need for red-hot pokers, hell is other people”. A writer that practices plagiarism, an obsessed woman involved in a misunderstood motherhood or a sick person facing the trance of choosing, are some of Alberto Chimal’s characters that live in their own hell, dissimulation, manipulation or uncertainty. Chimal ignites a prose that emphasizes the nuance of the fantastic and that always explores limits. Thus, being his literature game and hypnosis where we introduce ourselves and, possibly, burn.

ALBERTO CHIMAL Alberto Chimal (Toluca, 1970) is considered above all, as a story creator: his works Éstos son los días (2004) and Manda fuego (2013) earned him the San Luís Potosí Tale Award and the Colima Prize for the Best Narrative respectively. His novel La torre y el jardín (2012) was a finalist for the Rómulo Gallegos award, one of the most prestigious prizes in the Spanish language. La Partida/La madre y la muerte (2015), was selected for the White Ravens catalogue which assembles yearly the best young adult and children’s literature.

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AMARÁS A DIOS SOBRE TODAS LAS COSAS Tusquets Editores

320

2013

Workshops, factories, poverty is the family environment of Walter and his brothers Wilbert, Waldo and Wilberto in Honduran lands. They are part of the Milla Funes family, with which they will pursue the American dream and will pay the price of being undocumented in Mexico: robbery, harassment, hunger, persecution, torture, kidnapping and murder. Their first attempts to reach the north end with the abuse of the authorities and a series of misfortunes. Meanwhile, cousin Valente will disappear in the middle of one of the trips, Waldo will fall on the iconic train known as “The Beast” and Elena, of whom Walter will fall in love on the way, will live the unspeakable and will choose to withdraw and mute.

ALEJANDRO HERNÁNDEZ Alejandro Hernández is a journalist and professor. He served as the headmaster of the Escuela de Periodismo Carlos Septién García. Amongst many other prizes, Hernández has been renowned with the Edmundo Valadés national Short Story Prize (La bolsa de vil estrit, 1998); the Literary Prize Vid (2001), the Castillo de la lectura Prize, 2003 and the Ramírez Heredia National Literature Prize with Cinco siglos de septiembre in 2010.

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ORIUNDO LAREDO Editorial Alfaguara

216

2016

Oriundo Laredo traveled a thousand or two thousand times, with all patience and without noise, from Palomas to Ojinaga and from Canutillo to Presidio. From east to west and vice versa, all along the northern border of Mexico. And more: on the same frontier, but on the other side, he also accumulated countless miles. Without sounding the pain, like the shadow of a lost horse, like a solitary cloud in the entrails of the vast mantle. Oriundo Laredo is a Mexican-American. Relative, therefore, yours and mine, and also fruit of the Sierra Madre and Great Plains, where apaches, whites, browns, tornados, chaparrals, bison and chamizos make up a country-of-the-middle. A unique land whose secrets few know. This novel tells that story. It does not matter if you are from the Juárez Valley or Oakland; you pass the same snow and the same sun and swallow the same shit. All of this land was Mexican, and it still is, even if the geopolitical borders say something else.

ALEJANDRO PAÉZ VARELA Paéz Varela (Ciudad Juárez, 19689 is a journalist, writer and current director of the news agency sinembargo.mx. He’s the author of the novels Corazón de Kalashnikov (2014), Presidente en espera (2011), El reino de las moscas (2012) and Música para perros (2013), and of the books of stories Paracaídas que no abre (2008) and No incluye baterías (2010). He has coordinated La guerra por Juárez (2009) and Indomables (2015) and is co-author of more than a dozen political works.

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EL EMISARIO Caballo de Troya

288

2017

At the end of the eighties, the appointment of ambassadors between cartels to help solve business and disagreements allowed to establish the rules for the illegal transfer between Mexico and Colombia. These ambassadors were called emissaries. In this novel a man pretends to be his dead brother to enter the world of drug trafficking. He must deliver a package of drugs, but the work goes wrong. It unleashes a relentless double force: that of the criminals who persecute him to hold him accountable and that of Hurricane Alex that ruthlessly lashes the city of Monterrey.

ALEJANDRO VÁZQUEZ ORTIZ Alejandro Vázquez Ortiz (Monterrey, 1984) is a member of the editorial board in An alfa beta and the Center of Writers of Nuevo León, Conarte. He won the City of Getafe Short Story Award in 2009 and the Young Short Story National Prize Comala in 2015, for his work Deja de decir a Dios qué hacer con sus dados, published as La virtud de la impotencia. His book El mono que escribió el Quijote (2018) was awarded with the XXXI National Fantastic Short Story and Science Fiction Award, Puebla.

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HISTORIA DE HISTORIAS Malpaso Ediciones

240

2016

This book gathers all of Álvaro Uribe’s short stories. It contains forty-one impeccable wotks both transparent and enigmatic, written by one of the greatest prose writers in Spanish. Over and over again we hear the celebration of this Mexican narrator’s writing, the precision and power of his phrases, the almost mathematical composition of his pages. No less surprising is his literary imagination. Come and see, here circulates an extravagant troop of characters -fetus, children, friars, criminals, philosophers-, from satire to fantasy, from historical fable to metaphysical minifiction, from tales of ghosts to crime fiction. A formidable literary banquet.

ÁLVARO URIBE Álvaro Uribe (Mexico City, 1953) served as cultural attaché in Nicaragua and cultural advisor in France where he edited the bilingual magazine Altaforte. He later coordinated several collections in CONACULTA. Many of his works have been translated into French, English and German. He is the author of La linterna de los muertos (1988, reissued in 2006), El taller del tiempo (2003) winner of the Antonin Artaud First Narrative Prize, Por su nombre (2001), La lotería de San Jorge (2004) originally published in 1995 and Autorretrato de familia con perro (2014, winner of the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize).

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AUTORRETRATO DE FAMILIA CON PERRO Tusquets Editores

248

2014

Due to the casual fact of being born a few minutes before Adam his twin, Alberto Urquidi Jr., was always considered the older of the two. And not only that, but the most intelligent, sensible, unwieldy, mature and tenacious sibling. To put it bluntly: all that Malú, his mother, always wanted his son to be reflected in a blatant predilection for her firstborn. But is not this just the point of view of an unfortunate younger brother? To meet Malú, with everything and her capricious and exuberant personality, and discover the cause of this persistent family injustice, we must also read the version of those who knew her up close: her closest friend, her maid, her accountant, her plastic surgeon, her daughter-in-law, her neighbors and Canuto, the dog and king of the house. A tumultuous and pleasant meander of testimonies measured by the eternal question: what brother could be considered closer to his mother and, therefore, happier? Judge yourself, without being influenced by the indiscreet opinion of all the characters. What do you think is true and what lies in the history of this family?

ÁLVARO URIBE Álvaro Uribe (Mexico City, 1953) served as cultural attaché in Nicaragua and cultural advisor in France where he edited the bilingual magazine Altaforte. He later coordinated several collections in CONACULTA. Many of his works have been translated into French, English and German. He is the author of La linterna de los muertos (1988, reissued in 2006), El taller del tiempo (2003) winner of the Antonin Artaud First Narrative Prize, Por su nombre (2001), La lotería de San Jorge (2004) originally published in 1995 and Autorretrato de familia con perro (2014, winner of the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize).

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BREVE TRATADO DEL CORAZÓN Editorial Alfaguara

152

2019

In this novel intertwine the destinies of a woman who is about to commit suicide and stops because she realizes that she has not seen the Taj Mahal, a man undergoing an operation of the heart leaves the hospital because he discovers that it is no longer the man that he was, a dismembered young woman who wanders like a soul without direction and of a cannibal hit-man, owner and lord of legions that live inside. Narrated through four voices that follow one another as an irrepressible blood flow, the protagonists of this story allow us to glimpse one of the greatest enigmas, literary or not: the human heart, that territory of whites, blacks and greys, the desires and mysteries. The fine narrative framework of this work by Ana V. Clavel is complemented and resignified through boxes, apostilles and images, in the manner of a treaty, where amazing medical and historical data are recorded, the other face of legends and myths is exposed on the subject, and unusual facets of the heart are revealed as an undeniable icon in our lives.

ANA V. CLAVEL Ana V. Clavel (Mexico City, 1961) was renowned with the Gilberto Owen National Story Award in 1991 and the 2004 Silver Medal of the Société Académique Art- Science- Lettres of France. Her novels Los deseos y su sombra (2000) and Cuerpo náufrago (2005) have been translated into English, El dibujante de sombras (2009) to French. Las violetas son flores del deseo (2007), which was also translated to French and to Arabic, obtained the 2005 Juan Rulfo best Short Novel Prize of Radio France International. Las ninfas a veces sonríen (2013, translated into French) won the Elena Poniatowska Ibero-American Novel Award.

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MICROCOLAPSOS Eolas Ediciones/ Paraíso Perdido

52

2018

The brevity of words and the amplitude of ideas transformed into micro-marketing. In these fictions, Cecilia Eudave gives us experiences and fantasies to excite, entertain and intrigue. The orbs in Microcolapsos break with the everyday existence: objects think and act, trees create human lives and realities distort to paralyze. Together with their characters we collapse, we fall in vertiginous instants that lose us in the intangibility, the disenchantment and the unusual nature of their warnings.

CECILIA EUDAVE Cecilia Eudave is a narrator, professor and writer. Some of her works include: Técnicamente humanos (1996), Papá Oso (children’s short story, Spain, 2009) and En primera persona (Spain, 2014). She has been acknowledged with the Juan García Ponce Novel Prize for Bestiaria vida (Mexico, 2008, Spain, 2018), and received honorific mentions by the 12th Annual International Book Award for her essays book Sobre lo fantástico mexicano (USA, 2009), and her short stories book Técnicamente humanos y otras historias extraviadas (USA, 2010).

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BESTIARIA VIDA Eolas Ediciones/ Ficticia Editorial

130

2018

In appearance the world of almost any family is populated by common people. What happens then, when the protagonist of this universe discovers that his mother is a basilisk; his father, a lycanthrope; his grandfather, a goalkepper; his uncle a buffalo, and his sister, a succubus? The answer hides in the labyrinths of Bestiaria vida, the work with which Cecilia Eudave won the National Short Fiction Prize “Juan García Ponce”, Biennial of Literature of Yucatan 2006-07, and which, in the end, will make the reader look up and notice that everything that sorround us is not what it seems.

CECILIA EUDAVE Cecilia Eudave is a narrator, professor and writer. Some of her works include: Técnicamente humanos (1996), Papá Oso (children’s short story, Spain, 2009) and En primera persona (Spain, 2014). She has been acknowledged with the Juan García Ponce Novel Prize for Bestiaria vida (Mexico, 2008, Spain, 2018), and received honorific mentions by the 12th Annual International Book Award for her essays book Sobre lo fantástico mexicano (USA, 2009), and her short stories book Técnicamente humanos y otras historias extraviadas (USA, 2010).

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JUÁREZ, WHISKEY Editorial Almadía

157

2013

Ciudad Juárez is a ghostly settlement nestled between the desert and the border. Signs of violence and distress can be perceived in its streets. Carlos, a thirty-year-old engineer, enjoys and suffers at the same time the loneliness he has built for himself. Introspective and trained in nostalgia, he spends his days lost in reflections. A recurring theme is the women with whom he has shared his life briefly. Belinda, for whom now she only feels a vanquished desire. Angelica, who left him for another. Blanca, elusive and contradictory. Gabriela Torres, his dentist, who is attracted to by her literary affliction and her need for affection. This new novel by César Silva Márquez reoccurs in the construction of an emotional universe where inner conflicts order reality and memory. In his lyrical and melancholic tone, one can perceive the figure of orality and the delicacy of poetry, the details of the minimalist narrative, to trace the questions, the estrangements, in a reality that hides his reasons and throws the characters in unexpected ways.

CÉSAR SILVA MÁRQUEZ César Silva Márquez (1974, Ciudad Juárez) is a poet and narrator. Author of the novels La novela de los arcos dorados (2014), Juárez Whiskey (2013) and L’affaire de L’orchidée Dorée, published in French and Spanish (poems, Quebéc, 2009). Winner of the Binational Prize “Border of words” for Young Novel, 2005, the National Prize for Science and Arts Chihuahua 2010, and the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes National Prize for Novel “José Rubén Romero” 2013.

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LA VIDA ALEGRE Alfaguara

200

2020

La vida alegre is a humorous novel about second chances. In a glorious past, under the artistic name of Dalio Guerra “The Nightingale of the Americas”, his songs accompanied much of the musical history and the sets of Latin American alcoves. Today Sandalio Guerrero is an old bolerista who has come to the least in a Venezuela that begins to crumble. At times rogue and cynical, Dalio will find in the young Poli the accomplice of his return to the stage regardless of the methods to achieve it. La vida alegre is the radiography of a friendship, as well as a survival manual in narrative key. A magical and unbridled Caribbean, where chance governs the drift of its comparsa, will be the scene of a story that settles the importance of music to alleviate all the wrecks of life itself.

DANIEL CENTENO MALDONADO Centeno Maldonado (Barcelona, 1974) is a journalist, writer and professor. He has lived in Venezuela, Spain and the United States. He was a finalist in the XV Julio Cortázar International Prize for Short Story and from the 30th edition of the Juan Rulfo International Prize for Best Story. He was chief editor in the literary magazine “Río Grande Review”, and now he is a professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Texas.

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EL ANIMAL SOBRE LA PIEDRA Editorial AlmadĂ­a

170

2008

After the death of a loved one, a young woman travels to the beach to recover her calm and sanity. Shortly after arriving, an irrational fear invades her: the open spaces and the birds that seem to watch over her; She has dreams in which she perceives the most common objects from extraordinary angles and, according to her diary, her body records the progress of a strange transformation. Then a jewel of unknown origin appears in her bag and reality wobbles; here and there she discovers signs that seem to prove her metamorphosis: her partner is a witness of her restlessness and the pet grunts at her aggressively, not to mention the increasingly intense need to sunbathe.

DANIELA TARAZONA Daniela Tarazona (Mexico City, 1975) is the author of El animal sobre la piedra (Mexico, 2008, Argentina, 2011). El beso de la liebre (2012) resulted a finalist of the Las Americas Puerto Rico Award in 2013. She has been a scholar in JĂłvenes Creadores and the Sistema Nacional de Creadores of the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Mexico. In 2011, she was recognized as one of the twenty five literary secrets of Latin America by the Guadalajara International Book Fair.

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EL BESO DE LA LIEBRE Editorial Alfaguara

236

2012

This is a novel about immortality starring Hipolita Thompson, who carries out superheroine actions. She is endowed with special powers and faculties by God; nevertheless, the relevance of her adventures lies in her pathos, in her accidents and in her constant deaths. Hipolita is immortal, disoriented and rebellious. She works as a baker at night and, during the day performs actions to exercise justice where she considers that there is none. Her acts of rescue are ridiculous within the apocalyptic context that they inhabit and they seem to make no sense. In the history of literature, there are female characters who have broken a certain established order and have had a fatal fate (e.g. Madame Bovary or Naná). In History, women who have seen other dimensions have been burned: witches. The creation of the character of Hipolita Thompson, is based on ironizing the condition of victim in the female gender, in taking this victimization to farce to investigate what can happen to an immortal woman with special faculties, also human and erratic, if her greater power is to resurrect. Hipolita will exercise the powers that have been granted then renegade God’s designs. Perhaps her stability and her gifts will be depleted when she falls in love (as happens to Wonder Woman, according to Margaret Atwood). And as a result she will seek death by her own hand.

DANIELA TARAZONA Daniela Tarazona (Mexico City, 1975) is the author of El animal sobre la piedra (Mexico, 2008, Argentina, 2011). El beso de la liebre (2012) resulted a finalist of the Las Americas Puerto Rico Award in 2013. She has been a scholar in Jóvenes Creadores and the Sistema Nacional de Creadores of the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Mexico. In 2011, she was recognized as one of the twenty five literary secrets of Latin America by the Guadalajara International Book Fair.

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NO TENDRÁS ROSTRO COUNTENANCE Editorial Argonáutica

204

2018

“In Countenance, David Miklos has created a space inhabited by isolated communities, a space where society as a whole has ceased to exist. Miklos’ writing is animated by a subtle, mournful style. The site, which echoes the geography of Miklos’ debut novel Debris, is a beach that is perhaps located in Mexico and where the sea has slowly retreated year by year. It is in this beach that the Russian and Fino, exiled from the world of Violence, feel the need to rebuild their wedding ritual.” “The strange communities that populate Countenance include the Anzures’ group, who live in a magical cave; and the Swedish’s colony, made up of voluntary exiles and ruled by eleven commandments that include ‘Thou shall not put out the fire.’ These communities are precariously held together by new mythologies. Violence has stripped them off any form of State. Miklos’ prose is one of the most distinctive in Mexican literature. Rich in imagery, his writing only needs a few strokes to fully paint the true landscape of social collapse.” -Nicolás Cabral

DAVID MIKLOS David Miklos (San Antonio, 1970) is a history professor and the editorial director of Istor at CIDE college. His works include: La piel muerta (2005), La gente extraña (2006) and La hermana falsa (2008), trilogy warmly received by critics. Miklos has also published the novels: Brama (2012), No tendrás rostro (2013, translated into English as Countenance in 2018 and published in a bilingual edition in the Polifemo collection of Argonáutica), Dorada (2014), Miramar (2014) and La pampa imposible (2017).

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CÓBRASELO CARO Tusquets Editores

128

2012

Nicolás Pureco, Nick, owns three successful Mexican restaurants in Chicago. One night, while wandering about the loss of his memories, he has a spectral vision in which his dead parents urge him to return to his homeland. He then makes several trips to the region of Mexico from which his family originated, accompanied by his wife, Lily, who fears the possible dementia of her husband. Nick always carries with him the copy of Pedro Páramo that his parents, in spite of their little culture, read with mysterious devotion. With a backdrop worthy of Rulfo, Nick desperately wanders through Michoacán, Jalisco, Colima and Nayarit; mixing his few memories with a magical world full of spirits, in search of the stones that were once Pedro Páramo. His obsession increases, as the time spent to reconstruct the fossilized body of Páramo and the shadows surround him. His journey between the living and the dead will reveal an unsuspected truth.

ÉLMER MENDOZA Élmer Mendoza (Culiacán, 1949) is one of the most recognized mexican authors, his work is already known in nine languages. In 1999, his first novel Un asesino solitario was greatly acclaimed. With El amante de Janis Joplin (2016) he won the XVII José Fuentes Mares National Literature Prize, he also was a finalist in the 2005 Dashiell Hammett Prize with Efecto Tequila (2014). He continued writing novels such as Balas de plata (2008) for which he has awarded with the Tusquets Editores Internationl Award.

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EL AMANTE DE JANIS JOPLIN Tusquets Editores/ Éditions Métailié

256

2008

Since David Valenzuela killed one of the Castro brothers, known drug traffickers from Sinaloa, his life has become a continuous full of lucky shots. He gets to know the most diverse characters: he contacts the guerrilla; he witnesses the dark side of the police; travels with a baseball team to Los Angeles, where he is about to get hired by The Dodgers, falls in love with Janis Joplin after an incredible encounter; and strengthens his friendship with “Cholo”, a humble but ambitious narco. From then on, obsessed with seeing Janis again, he will overcome all kinds of obstacles.Winner of the XVII José Fuentes Mares National Literature Prize.

Film Rights:Tigre Pictures Spanish Tusquets Editores French Éditions Métailié Russian ACT

ÉLMER MENDOZA Élmer Mendoza (Culiacán, 1949) is one of the most recognized mexican authors, his work is already known in nine languages. In 1999, his first novel Un asesino solitario was greatly acclaimed. With El amante de Janis Joplin (2016) he won the XVII José Fuentes Mares National Literature Prize, he also was a finalist in the 2005 Dashiell Hammett Prize with Efecto Tequila (2014). He continued writing novels such as Balas de plata (2008) for which he has awarded with the Tusquets Editores Internationl Award.

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DESTIERROS Lumen

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2019

In the darkness of the desert, a Rarámuri woman tells Helena that her daughter, who has been missing for years, will return. That same morning, Julia, preoccupied with a series of personal exiles, gets into a car accident on the highway: an event that unleashes the full force of the decisions wrapping her life, the shadows besieging her. While her husband receives some ashes in the way of her remains, Helena hides Julia’s battered body in a shack by the highway. Hovering between life and death, Julia wanders unconsciously through the holes in her memory, the voices and stories that make her who she is. Helena embodies the exiles of Mexico’s twentieth century history, the events on the periphery of the official narrative. Through a delirious account of these occurrences, four generations of women -the overlooked branch of the family tree- come to life. So do the other Mexican revolutions, the exodus from the countryside to the city, migrants and the American dream, abandonment, the femicides in Ciudad Juárez, violence, the country of the missing, impunity, oblivion. An ancient secret runs through the stories of both women and won’t be revealed until the end. Ambitiously constructed and written, intertextual, incorporating dozens of fragments composing a history of non-history, Destierros questions different realities and the act of writing itself.

GABRIELA RIVEROS Gabriela Riveros (Monterrey, 1973) is the author of four children’s books including El encargo de Fernanda (2000 “Castillo de la Lectura” Children’s and Youth Literature National Award) and Mi hermano Paco (2001 “Castillo de la Lectura” Children’s and Youth Literature National Award). Some of her short stories included in her book Tiempos de Arcilla (1994) received the Creative Writing Award from the Tecnológico de Monterrey in 1992 and 1994 and the National Short Story Award by the Universidad de Monterrey in 1993. Her most recent titles are the novel Destierros (Lumen, 2019), and the poemary En la orilla de las cosas (Vaso Roto Ediciones, 2019).

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LOS MARIDOS DE MI MADRE Paraíso Perdido

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2018

“Sometimes the substance of desire lies in the rickety motor of a legendary Volkswagen Beetle, in the cholo albur that seeks to metamorphosize into corny poetry, in the hair dye of a very hot Bolaño reader capable of looking down at her helpless teacher. Sometimes the meaning of life goes down the drain when a rock deity turns to reggaeton, and Mom falls helplessly in love with a Red Cross lifeguard, an unusual fighter, and a simple and plain teacher. These pages pour boiling hormones from the eyes of an avid adolescent eager to conquer the world while trampling into tragicomic fatalities cuased by the sexual tumbles of erratic adults. In Los maridos de mi madre, Joel Flores has turned a bipolar and debuted Oedipus that oscillates between the semi-desert of Zacatecas and the Bravo Tijuanero neighborhood into a dance, resulting in a crooked family constellation. This is a book that shows a writer with the timing and talent to become one of the most important voices of Mexico.” -Daniel Salinas Basave

JOEL FLORES Joel Flores (1984) is considered one of Latin America’s twenty most important writers, according to the Guadalajara International Book Fair. In 2012, his book Rojo semidesierto won the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz International Prize for Literature, and Nunca más su nombre received the Juan Rulfo Fine Arts Award. Flores is a three-time recipient of grants from the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA). His most recent publication is Los maridos de mi madre (Paraíso Perdido, 2018).

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GOOD HUMOR MAN or FLOATING FOREST Unpublished

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Due to a sewing error they call María de Lourdes, May, pronounced “My” like something or someone of my own, not May like the month. As a child, when May was a little girl, an aunt from Guanajuato sewed her a dress and embroidered her initials on the front but the strings of an L appeared to spell May and the name stuck till today. May grew on to speak four languages, sing boleros by Agustín Lara and play Chopin on the piano. She specialized in accounting and finance, cultivated an intact beauty for life and painted flowers on brief canvases. She married when she was thirty years old and twelve months later a stroke like lightning hit her brain and erased all her past. The medical term of what she suffered is cerebral venous thrombosis. May is my mother and, my childhood is the slow recovery of her memory.

Opening paragraph to Hernandez’s latest unpublished manuscript.

JORGE F. HERNÁNDEZ Jorge F. Hernández is a narrator, essayist and professor. His novel The Empress of Lavapiés (2011) was a finalist of the First International Alfaguara Prize 1997. As a storyteller, he published En las nubes (1997) and in 2000, he won the National Short Story Award “Efrén Hernández” with the story “Noche de ronda” included in Escenarios del sueño (2005). As an essayist, he has written Réquiem taurino (1998), an anthology of interviews with writer Carlos Fuentes (Mexico, 1999 and France, 2005), among others.

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ANTES DE LA REVOLUCIÓN Editorial Planeta

250

2020

Antes de la Revoluación is the story of how Fidel Castro and Ernesto Guevara met in Mexico City. It also recovers two essential characters: Alberto Bayo, the Spanish Loyalist who became an instructor of the future guerrilla fighters, and Hilda Gadea, Guevara’s romantic partner—and, to an extent, his intellectual mentor. Each become a character in this plot as soon as he or she sets foot on Mexican soil, and they leave it as The Granma sets sail. This novel narrates the uncertainty faced by these exiles, it describes their encounters and fascination with each other, and continues with guerrilla trainings and a sentence in jail. Together, these fluctuating circumstances are only believable because they actually happened; if they hadn’t, they would defy the imagination. Antes de la Revolución is the testimony of how the most important revolution in America ocurred in Mexico.

Riveroll’s latest work is currently undergoing the publishing process.

JUAN PATRICIO RIVEROLL Juan Patricio Riveroll (Mexico City, 1979) is a writer, professor, producer and director. He produced, wrote and directed Ópera (2007), winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Prize. Punto de fuga, his first novel, was published in 2014 in New York. That same year he founded Artegios Distribución specialized in documentary film. In 2015 he published his second novel. He has also collaborated with many magazines and newspapers.

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CUANDO LLEGUES AL OTRO LADO Editorial Grijalbo/ Cinco Puntos Press

304

2019

After the death of their grandmother, totally helpless, Emilia and Gregorio Ventura embark on a trip to the United States’ border in search of their father. Written between present and past, this novel exposes the struggle of two young brothers against a violent reality far from the magical world in which they grew sheltered by their paternal grandmother. With the certainty of a hopeless future, the Ventura brothers begin their pilgrimage facing the abuses of polleros, as well as other migrants: women and men who, like them, experience an odyssey that will force them to put their humanity to the test and reinvent themselves. Luckily, Emilia and Gregorio make use of their grandmother’s teachings, which helps them fight their fears and survive thanks to the mysterious force that protects them.

MARIANA OSORIO GUMÁ Mariana Osorio Gumá is a psychoanalyst and writer. She is co-author of Sujeto, Inclusión y Diferencia, edited by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, and Imaginario edited by Landucci Editores 2003. She also wrote the children’s book Las Esencias de Sabina (2007) co-edited by Conaculta; and the novel El paraíso de las Moscas published in Mexico in 2010 by Ediciones B and published in Spain in 2011.

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LAS SIETE VIDAS DE UN GATO Ediciones Castillo

139

2019

Cats of diverse kinds: curious, arrogant, talkative, sweet, misanthropes and even philanthropists wander stealthily or scandalously through the pages of these singular tales. There is Franky, the cat that appears in “A Sunday trip”, who testifies and suffers with the extreme love of a little girl towards her father, who has the singular profession of grave-digger and who has abandoned her. There are also the voices and opinions of the “Cats of the underground” which are given to a man who wakes up there, not knowing where he is, how he got there, or what happened to him. “The story of Cyrus”, narrated by an old cat, tells the story of a child who is actually a cat, or a cat that has the appearance of a child, and how he struggles to appropriate his unique condition. And finally, we have Lucrecia, the beautiful kitten of “The seven lives of a cat”, tale in which her problems are narrated during a session with an animal therapist.

MARIANA OSORIO GUMÁ Mariana Osorio Gumá is a psychoanalyst and writer. She is co-author of Sujeto, Inclusión y Diferencia, edited by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, and Imaginario edited by Landucci Editores 2003. She also wrote the children’s book Las Esencias de Sabina (2007) co-edited by Conaculta; and the novel El paraíso de las Moscas published in Mexico in 2010 by Ediciones B and published in Spain in 2011.

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JUGARÉ CONTIGO Editorial Alfaguara

200

2018

Susana displays herself in a sex shop showcase in Antwerp, Belgium and gives herself to whoever pays for her boy. She enjoys all pleasure variants, including painful ones; she enjoys the smells, the flavors, the foreseeable and the unsuspected, in every part of the body, especially the feet. Exposed in her showcase at the mercy of the pleasure of those who hire her, she is like one of the dolls, inheritance of her grandmother, that always accompany her. Meanwhile, in a rented room, Levent whom she met in Turkey, waits for her. They have established a relationship which rules she set herself: both are passing by and will be together for undefined time, however long the desire of the flesh lasts or simply, their will. Susana knows that at age 21 she has embarked on an initiatory trip and that after her mother’s and grandmother’s death, she doesn’t have any affections left. In this carnal, lustful and poetic novel, Maritza M. Buendía narrates shadows and darkness, both related to the flesh and to the soul.

MARITZA M. BUENDÍA Maritza M. Buendía (Zacatecas, 1974) won the Gilberto Owen National Literature Prize with Tangos para Barbie y Ken (2016); the José Revueltas Fine Arts Literary Essay Award with Poética del voyeur, poética del amor; and the Julio Torri National Prize with En el jardín de los cautivos (2005). Buendía is currently a member of the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores of Mexico (SNI).

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LA GIGANTA Tusquets Editores

136

2015

La Giganta, seller of cosmetics and books at home, was born with the gift of fertility. Thanks to Etienne, a Frenchman, she fathered ten children. She fights against her demons: the plague of lice that she wants to exterminate with DDT, her love of tequila to overcomes the sadness and the recurrent idea of ending the lives of her children. But it will be her offspring who, without intending to, will teach her lesson of love and courage. They will confront life from their trench, in which they only have the weapons that childhood has lavished on them: innocence and ingenuity in its purest state. This story, narrated from the diaphanous thought of an eleven-year-old girls, is moved by the way she tackles characters who struggle to survive and deserve a place in the world from which they have been expelled, including Valeria, the baby, for whom her red dress is perhaps the closest thing to happiness.

PATRICIA LAURENT KULLICK Patricia Laurent Kullick (Tampico, 1962) is a mexican writer. She belongs to the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte of Mexico. Her first novels were El circo de la soledad (2011) and El camino de Santiago (2000), the last one awarded with the Nuevo León Literature Prize in 1999 and years later, it was published in English (Santiago’s Way) by Peter Owen Publishers and re-edited by Tusquets in 2015. In that same year, Tusquets published her book La giganta. Her most recent book is En domingo no es amargo (2018).

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ALGUNAS MARGARITAS Y SUS FANTASMAS Caballo de Troya

224

2017

A mother looks for a girl to marry her son. As it usually happens, the candidate must meet certain requirements, a fundamental one in this case: being dead. Her child needs company, otherwise, he will continue to come to visit and steal her memories –and there are few left–. It should not be difficult to find a girlfriend like that in a country with abundant corpses of girls. Oscar is a photographer. Her twin sister has just died consumed by cancer and fear. To deal with her absence, she turns to a new photographic project: making the portraits of two long dead men, Joseph Merrick and Alan Turing. Is it possible to photograph a ghost? Is it possible to photograph a person without disturbing them? This novel is inhabited by spectral presences and empty voids like boredom. Only one thing is not: easy to forget.

PAULETTE JONGUITUD Paulette Jonguitud is the author of Mildew (2015), published in the UK by CB Editions and in Mexico by FETA-CONACULTA. In its Spanish edition it received a Special Mention in the 2009 Juan Rulfo Fine Arts Prize for first novel. She is the author of Algunas margaritas y sus fantasmas (Mexico, 2017), El loco del martinete (2013) a children’s book published in Mexico and Spain, and Son necios, los fantasmas (Mexico, 2016).

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COMO SI NO EXISTIERAS Suma de Letras

176

2018

“Be Quiet, shut up, as if you did not exist, as if none of this were real”, her sister repeats to Catalina, trying to protect her from her father’s wrath. The strategy works and Catalina, now an adult, believes herself to be happy alongside her husband and daughter. Until the day when a stranger’s questions her and reminds her of a scene from the past she had managed to evade and at the same time gives her the feeling of being alive, with all that the word implies. From that moment on, she must rethink the role she has played until then in her own life and face a future where even the deepest love that unites her with her sister is called into question.

SUSANA CORCUERA Susana Corcuera is the author of Llegó oscura la mañana (2005), which was a finalist novel of the Azorín Planeta Prize; her book of short stories El huésped y otras historias (Mexico) in Spain under the name A machetazos (Irreverent Editions) won the International Vivendía Prize; Memoria de las manos (2012) was a finalist of the Planeta Casamérica Prize in 2011.

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YO SOY EL ARAÑA Reservoir Books

168

2019

That morning Pedro Pérez, agent of the State Police, thought that the only serious thing that would happen in his day would be to argue with his wife, María Juana, for his obsession for comics. A couple of hours later, Pedro suffers an accident that distorts his sense of reality convincing him of having superpowers. The young policeman will seek to become a hero for a day, and that may be what a city commanded by criminals needs. Yo soy el Araña, winner of the Black Novel National Prize, is a reminder that life, in fact, sometimes seems like that of a colorless and hyperviolent comic book. What can go wrong when a man loses his reason and decides to face, not windmills, but hitmen and corrupt politicians, while dressed in a blue and red lycra suit? Maybe everything.

CARLOS RENÉ PADILLA Carlos René Padilla was born in Sonora in 1977. In 2016 he won the Black Novel National Prize “Una vuelta de tuerca” with Yo soy Espáiderman, published as Yo soy el Araña (2019). That same year he published the novel Amorcito Corazón, winner of the Sonorense Book Award, 2015. He is also the author of the book of stories El cielo se cambió de dirección. As a journalist, he has worked at Expreso and El Imparcial, where he won the Interamerican Press Association Journalism Award.

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ASESINATO EN EL PARQUE SINALOA Literatura Random House

272

Editorial 2017

Detective Edgar “Lefty” Mendieta has decided to withdraw from the police forces. Disenchanted and weary of violence, he seems to succumb to the self-destructive consumption of whiskey. When Abel Sánchez, an old friend and mentor appears, he is forced to return a favor as a detective which el Zurdo cannot refuse: he will need to find the murderer of Sánchez’s son, a lawyer named Pedro Sánchez, who was found dead in Sinaloa Park. The Mochis police closed the case without an investigation, as they assumed that Pedro was murdered by his girlfriend, Larissa Carlón, whose recent death was assumed to be suicidal. Meanwhile, “El Perro” Laveaga, leader of the Pacific Cartel, escaped from the maximum security prison in Barranca Plana. The powerful drug dealer is acting with reckless carelessness as his greatest desire is to meet up with Daniela K, a broadcaster, who has promised to make a radio soap opera about his life. Asesinato en el Parque Sinaloa is a labyrinth of intrigue and complicity, of paths that converge in passion and crime.

Spanish: Literatura Random House English: MacLehose Press

THE “LEFTY MANDIETA” SAGA ÉLMER MENDOZA Élmer Mendoza (Culiacán, 1949) is one of the most recognized mexican authors, his work is already known in nine languages. In 1999, his first novel Un asesino solitario was greatly acclaimed. With El amante de Janis Joplin (2016) he won the XVII José Fuentes Mares National Literature Prize, he also was a finalist in the 2005 Dashiell Hammett Prize with Efecto Tequila (2014). He continued writing novels such as Balas de plata (2008) for which he has awarded with the Tusquets Editores Internationl Award.

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BESAR AL DETECTIVE Literatura Random House

256

2015

The poor results of the investigationof the bloody murder of a fortune teller oblige Detective Edgar “Lefty” Mendieta to use his contacts in the dark world of drug trafficking. But like all favors, none is free. This search leads, once again, to his old friend Samantha Valdés, head of the Pacific Cartel, who after suffering an attack is convalescent in a hospital, surrounded by useless special agents and a suspicious Mexican soldiers. As payment for information about the fortune teller’s murderer, Lefty has no choice but to help Samantha escape. This is the return of Lefty Mendieta and his unmistakable character in a vibrant novel that explores the framework of betrayals, pacts and conspiracies of a society where the boundary dividing the law of crime loses its definition. Spanish: Literatura Random House English: MacLehose Press

NOMBRE DE PERRO Tusquets Editores

212

2012

It’s Christmas in Culiacán and Detective Edgar “Lefty” Mendieta can’t believe his luck. An old flame has returned with a teenage son he knew nothing about. Happiness seems to finally beckon for our careworn hero. The only problem will be that his son will desire to follow his father’s footsteps even as Mexico’s drug war descends a slippery slope toward chaos. While Lefty pursues a lunatic killer, Samantha Valdés will launch a wave of grisly killings across the country. Samantha then persuades Lefty to help her find the killer that pushed her over the edge. The truth he discovers will underline an old adage: revenge is a dish best served cold. No quiet family Christmas for our detective.

Spanish: Tusquets Editores English: MacLehose Press

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LA PRUEBA DEL ÁCIDO Tusquets Editores

248

2010

When the mutilated body of Mayra Cabral de Melo is found in a dusty field, Detective Edgar “Lefty” Mendieta has personal reasons for bringing the culprit to justice. Mayra, a well-known stripper, had no shortage of ardent, deluded and downright dangerous admirers, and Lefty himself is haunted by the night he spent in her company. As Mexico’s drug war ramps up, Lefty’s pursuit of a gallery of jealous and powerful suspects, all with a murderous glint in their eye, leads him to Samantha Valdés, the godfather’s daughter, who is battling to retain her father’s empire. And as the mystery deepens, the bodycount rises.

Spanish: Tusquets Editores English: MacLehose Press French: Éditions Metailié

Italian: La Nuova Frontiera German: Suhrkamp/Insel

BALAS DE PLATA Tusquets Editores

256

2010

For Detective Edgar “Lefty” Mendieta, tormented by past heartbreak and dismayed by all-pervasive corruption, the murder of lawyer Bruno Canizales represents just another day at the office in Culiacán, Mexico’s capital of narco-crime. There is no shortage of suspects in a city where it’s hard to tell the gangsters from the politicians. Canizales was the son of a former government minister and the lover of a drug lord’s daughter, and he nurtured a penchant for cross-dressing and edgy sex. But why did the assassin use a silver bullet? And why, six days later, did he apparently strike again? Mendieta’s hunt for the killer takes him from mansions to low-life bars, from gumshoe reporters to glamourous transsexuals. Unearthing the truth can be as dangerous as any drug.

Spanish: Tusquets Editores English: MacLehose Press French: Editions Gallimard

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German: Suhrkamp/Insel Greek: ΚΔΟΣΕΙΣ ΤΟΥ ΕΙΚΟΣΤΟΥ ΠΡΩΤΟΥ

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49 CRUCES BLANCAS Editorial Planeta

288

2018

Three years after the tragic fire at the ABC daycare center, former public prosecutor and lawyer José González, “Pitic”, is hired by the parents of the victims to investigate the truth about what happened. Was it an accident, as the official version says or was the fire caused to destroy the financial file of the state government that was stored in the cellar next to the nursery? The clues begin to appear, the witnesses speak in spite of the fear, and a system uninterested in serving justice. With mastery and without mercy Imanol Caneyada shakes our consciences with this detective fiction anchored in our recent past and puts us in the skin of the victims -children and parents - of such an immense tragedy. 49 cruces blancas is undoubtedly a crime novel as black as reality.

“I’ve been reading crime fiction for forty years as well as literary journalism, and in Mexico, the most interesting titles are always Imanol Caneyada’s.” -Paco Ignacio Taibo II

IMANOL CANEYADA Imanol Caneyada is a narrator and journalist of Basque origin. His short stories have won the Sonoran Book Contest twice. In 2009 he was awarded with the Gerardo Cornejo National Short Story Award with the book Los confines de la arena (2010) and in 2015 with the José Fuentes Mares National Literature Prize for published work and novel genre for his book Hotel de arraigo (2015). La nariz roja de Stalin (2012) earned him the 2011 Efrén Hernández National Short Story Award.

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LAS PAREDES DESNUDAS Suma de letras

288

2018

Jeremías works as a nurse in a hospital on the northern border of the country. One night, Jaqueline ‘La Perra Saldivar’, a young boxer and glorified athlete in a violent, cruel and devastated city, arrives in an ambulance. While in hospital, Jeremiah visits her, and they begin a relationship in which the confessions and secrets that had been jealously guarded by both of them soon come to light. How does a young girl become a boxing champion? What dark life did he had before becoming a nurse? What lies behind each of the characters? When ‘La Perra’ is discharged, she learns that her younger sister has disappeared. Being a young and poor woman is equivalent to a death sentence in that sordid city. The boxer will not stop before any danger until finding out what happened with the only person she has ever loved, and Jeremiah will accompany her to look for the girl even if that means descending into hell. A black novel that immerses us in the darkest aspects of current Mexico: the suspense and action are the ingredients, the denunciation and the social criticism the result.

IMANOL CANEYADA Imanol Caneyada is a narrator and journalist of Basque origin. His short stories have won the Sonoran Book Contest twice. In 2009 he was awarded with the Gerardo Cornejo National Short Story Award with the book Los confines de la arena (2010) and in 2015 with the José Fuentes Mares National Literature Prize for published work and novel genre for his book Hotel de arraigo (2015). La nariz roja de Stalin (2012) earned him the 2011 Efrén Hernández National Short Story Award.

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THE FRAGILITY OF BODIES Bitter Lemon Press

320

2019

When Veronica Rosenthal hears about the suicide of a local train driver who left a note confessing to four mortal ‘accidents’ on the train tracks, she decides to investigate. For the police the case is closed (suicide is suicide), for Veronica it is the beginning of a journey that takes her into an unfamiliar world of grinding poverty, junkie infested neighborhoods, and train drivers haunted by the memory of bodies being hit at high speed by their locomotives in the middle of the night. Aided by a train driver with whom she has a tumultuous and reckless love affair, a junkie in rehab, and two street kids willing to risk everything for a can of Coke, she uncovers a group of men involved in betting on working-class youngsters convinced to play Russian roulette by standing in front of fast-coming trains to see who endures the longest. Sensual and terse, the novel is also fiercely critical of a system that tolerates the powerful and wealthy of Buenos Aires putting the lives of young boys at risk for their entertainment. Spanish: Tusquets Editores, originally published in 2012.

SERGIO OLGUÍN Sergio Olguín (Buenos Aires, 1967) was a journalist before turning to fiction. Olguín has won a number of awards such as the 2009 Tusquets International Award for his novel Oscura monótona sangre. He also participated in the German anthology Zerfurchtes Land. Neue Erzählungen aus Argentinien, Burkhard Pohl, Patricio Pron (Hrsg.): Hainholz-Verlag, Göttingen, 2002 with his short story “Hecha una furia” (Und wurde zur Furie). His books have been translated into German, French and Italian. The fragility of bodies is his first novel to be translated into English (published 2019 by Bitter Lemon Press) and made into TV series.

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LAS EXTRANJERAS Suma de letras

440

2014

Two young foreigners, Petra and Frida, are murdered at the end of a party in a Tucuman high society house in Yacanto del Valle. Their bodies appear in a field with signs of violence and sexual assault. The journalist Veronica Rosenthal never thought that her adventure in northwestern Argentina would end with her friends being murdered and, although she does not trust the local police, she is determined to find the culprits. Thanks to her journalistic talent and the unexpected help of endearing people, Veronica enters into a dangerous game of responsibilities of which she may also be a part of. And in the midst of so much death, love and desire return to Veronica’s body after a dark period of her life.

NO HAY AMORES FELICES Suma de letras

448

2016

Veronica lives beset by the nightmares of the past and has practically abandoned her passion for journalism. Darío has just lost his family in an accident but is convinced that his daughter survived and is somewhere. Federico, as a prosecutor, attends a police operation concerning dangerous drugs, although in place of cocaine they find mutilated bodies. These three stories are intertwined in one in which the brave journalist, Veronica Rosenthal, must investigate and confront several criminal organizations to bring the truth to light. She will leave her house, meet two young people who are unprejudiced and charming, befriend a former nun who takes as much alcohol as she does, manage to hack the mail account to her ex-boyfriend Federico, and infiltrate a religious order while pursuing the trail of a network of illegal adoptions and corpse-trafficking. No hay amores felices is a vertiginous novel that exposes the plot of complicity between politicians, doctors and religious. And it is at the same time a story about the possibilities of love, in which there is no lack of jealousy, eroticism, humor and the –perhaps too brief– moments of happiness.

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HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE

EL DESEO MÁS GRANDE DEL MUNDO Oberón/Paidós Argentina

190

2016

El deseo más grande del mundo speaks to us, the women who have the deepest desire to be mothers and can’t, or it costs us. It is also the story, told in first person, of this author and nine other women who project pregnancies that do not arrive or for one reason or another, stop amidst extended waits, fertility treatments, disagreements with their partners, attempts at adoption, remedies that seem magical and their own doubts about desire. Purely feminine experiences, intimate feelings that appear when we are vulnerable, when we expose the body to science, when we resort to ancestral knowledge, when we feel loneliness, while fulfilling the agenda of professional demands and modern life: this book seeks to question how far are we, as women, willing to go to be mothers.

LUCIANA MANTERO Luciana Mantero (Buenos Aires, 1977) is a journalist, researcher and writer. In 2011 she published Margarita Barrientos, una crónica sobre la pobreza, el poder y la solidaridad a book for which she received a special mention of the TEA Stimulus Award for young journalism. Her second book is El deseo más grande del mundo (2015). In 2013 she won the second prize in the Social Solidarity category of the ADEPA Journalism Awards. She currently hosts the National Geographic reality TV show “Baby on demand”.

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CHAKRAS Editorial Grijalbo/ Semente Editorial

240

2018

Chakras is the result of thirty years of research, study and therapeutic practice. In this book Marián de Llaca argues that this knowledge is not exclusive to India, but a knowledge shared by the different cultures of the world. For that reason, each chapter is dressed in pre-Hispanic Mexican symbolisms with the intention of opening a path that allows the reader to expand his or her vision on the subject. Within the book there are a series of practical actions called sacred discipline to support the transformation in people’s lives. It also proposes the strengthening of the navel energy as a fundamental chakra for the health and balance of the organism.

MARIÁN DE LLACA Marián de Llaca has been a therapist in alternative medicine focused in healing energy for thirty yeats. Her experience as holistic therapist and her independent investigations have taken her to deepen her knowledge of the physical and subtle body, making connections and comparisons with different traditions and cultures. She is the author of the books Energía curativa. Manual práctico de chakras (2011), and Manual de Herbolaria: Un camino a la sensación (2012).

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LA SÍNFONIA DEL PLACER

LO QUE NOS ENSEÑA LA MÚSICA EN EL SEXO Y VICEVERSA Turner Libros

192

2019

What do sexual identity and punk have in common? Why do erotic intelligence and experimental music part from the same idea? What happens in our brain when we listen to certain classical melodies? Is it something similar to what happens when we are naked next to a person we desire? In Sinfonia del placer, Verónica Maza Bustamante takes us through a historical journey full of references, anecdotes, analysis, reflections and practical recommendations that confirm the music and rythm are inside us, as well as a myriad of manifestations related to our sexual being. We just need to press “play” in an audio system, open the perception and break prejudices to access the magical world of pleasure and melody.

VERÓNICA MAZA BUSTAMANTE Verónica Maza Bustamante (1971) is a journalist, sexual educator and a writer. She currently collaborates with Grupo Milenio where she publishes her weekly column “El Sexódromo”. She is the author of the books El motel de los antojos prohibidos (2015) and ¡Madres! (2016), among others. She has worked as a reporter, columnist and editor in diverse national diaries and has been a reporter and host in programs of journalistic research and sex education such as Canal 40, Televisa, Canal Once, Cadena Tres and Milenio TV.

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TERRITORIO LOLITA Editorial Alfaguara

256

2017

Every object of desire turns sooner or later turns to fetish, and one of the most fascinating fetishes of our time is precisely Lolita. Is it not the essence of Lolita but an incarnation or substitute for the lost loved object, that ineffable pleasure that is never to be attained? Ana V. Clavel explores these territories in search of the secrets and mysteries of those sweet but terrible little girls that unleash the force of desire. This essay on nymphets is structured from four thematic nuclei. In the first one, “Lolita: foundation of a myth”, some peculiarities are approached around the character created in 1955 by Vladimir Nabokov. In the second one, the antecedents of the archetype are investigated with special attention in Alice Liddell (not so much the girl in whom the character of Alice in Wonderland was based, but to whom Louis Carroll photographed with fascination) and in Little Red Riding Hood. The third section explores a territory still virgin in the archeology of the Lolitas: the inferiority of the nymphet. Finally, the fourth section analyzes the most important creations of nymphets in art in search of the small goddess’ brilliance beyond the stereotype.

ANA V. CLAVEL Ana V. Clavel (Mexico City, 1961) was renowned with the Gilberto Owen National Story Award in 1991 and the 2004 Silver Medal of the Société Académique Art- Science- Lettres of France. Her novels Los deseos y su sombra (2000) and Cuerpo náufrago (2005) have been translated into English, El dibujante de sombras (2009) to French. Las violetas son flores del deseo (2007), which was also translated to French and to Arabic, obtained the 2005 Juan Rulfo best Short Novel Prize of Radio France International. Las ninfas a veces sonríen (2013, translated into French) won the Elena Poniatowska Ibero-American Novel Award.

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CIENCIA, ANTICIENCIA Y SUS ALREDEDORES Debate

208

2018

Scientific knowledge is not a reserved treasure for people with superior intelligences, but something that anyone with common sense can access. To prove it, Fedro Carlos Guillén, scientist and writer, presents some of his concerns with the intention of sharing his curiosity with readers in a fresh and personal way. With a jovial and sometimes ironic style he informs us about the advances and some curiosities of the scientific processes, he talks about controversial topics, inviting the reader to form his own opinion. The facts and possibilities of genetics, artificial intelligence, the immediacy of climate change, the problem of pseudoscience, suicidal success, the biology of love and sex among those who claim to practice celibacy, as well as the successes and mistakes of science itself, are some of them.

FEDRO CARLOS GUILLLÉN Fedro Carlos Guillén (Mexico City, 1959) is a writer, scientist and novelist. Guillén is the author of thirty books of scientific divulgation and narrative as well as several articles on environmental issues and educational problems. He has published Soñé con Rocío Durcal (2009) and La traición de Bertrand (2012) which obtained the third place for best novel in the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Literary Prize. Ciencia, anticiencia y sus alrededores (2018) is his most recent book.

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EL CIELO ESTÁ INCOMPLETO

CUADERNO DE VIAJE EN PALESTINA Taurus Ediciones

200

2017

The aim of this compendium of texts written during my stay and visits to Palestine and Israel between 2007 and 2015 is to provide an outline of the way of life under one of today’s most pressing political conflicts. The text is a collage that integrates different forms of writing with references and echoes interwoven by Hannah Arendt, Mahmod Darwish, Jean Genet, John Berger, Walter Benjamin, Hussein Barghouti, John Goytisolo, Edward Said, Simone Weil and Eyal Weizman. I wanted to express a process of visualization and articulation of a paralympic field of vision of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The vision became for me the possibility of seeing, unceasingly reconstructing a point of view from which to process tensions, resonances, transformations, resistance, complicity, pain, frustration, submission, hatred, memory and what the Palestinians call “the tyranny of uncertainty” of life under occupation. And I discovered that there is no description, but of the vision besieged by the anxiety of blindness. In other words, I try to see.

IRMGARD EMMELHAINZ An independent writer, researcher, translator and lecturer based in Mexico City. Her writings about film, the Palestine Question, art, culture and neoliberalism have been translated into Italian, French, English, Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew and Serbian. In 2012, she published Alotropías en la trinchera evanescente: estética y geopolítica en la era de la guerra total a collection of essays about art, culture, cinema and geopolitics.

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AGUA DE LOURDES: SER MUJER EN MÉXICO Editorial Turner

144

2019

These are testimonies combined with memories. Karen Villeda makes use of fiction to tell a brute reality. Problems concerning gender inequality, human trafficking for the purpose of prostitution, and a problem that is constantly growing and is not directly faced by anyone in the country: Feminicide, an act of gender discrimination. Based on five particular cases and a family history of Tlaxcala, the author develops the experiences and evolution of women in Mexico through narrative, poetic and relevant news tools.

KAREN VILLEDA Karen Villeda has published two children’s books, four collections of poetry and three books of essays: Visegrado (2018), Tres (2016) and Agua de Lourdes. Ser mujer en México (2019). Her poems have been translated into Arabic, French, English and Portuguese and published in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, United States, Guatemala and Venezuela. Villeda has won, among other literary awards, the 2017 “Clemencia Isaura” Fine Arts Prize for Literary Essay, 2016 the National Award for Poetry, and the 2014 Mexico City Youth Prize.

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VISEGRADO Almadía Ediciones

152

2018

Visegrado is hybrid made up of the travel memos, narratives, pieces of a diary, and poems. Fragments, which build the transit of the author, who, traveling through Eastern Europe, sought in each encounter a different way of approaching its geography, its urban face, the memory of the war, its politics and, above all, the daily reality that is hidden behind a smokescreen of tourist attractions. It covers topics as well as literary regions addressed in the essay production of our country. Kundera, Szymborska, Havel, Kafka and Kertész appear in these pages as guides or sphinxes. Their drifts invite us to move through cities such as Prague, Warsaw and Budapest, places which recorded social events, revolutions and occupations that left an undeniable footprint in our recent history. In this book, which won the 2017 José Revueltas Fine Arts Literary Essay Award, Karen Villeda presents a set of short essays that develop images and anecdotes, recorded in the course of the trip, that combine the freedom of a newspaper with the constancy of literary destinations.

KAREN VILLEDA Karen Villeda has published two children’s books, four collections of poetry and three books of essays: Visegrado (2018), Tres (2016) and Agua de Lourdes. Ser mujer en México (2019). Her poems have been translated into Arabic, French, English and Portuguese and published in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, United States, Guatemala and Venezuela. Villeda has won, among other literary awards, the 2017 “Clemencia Isaura” Fine Arts Prize for Literary Essay, 2016 the National Award for Poetry, and the 2014 Mexico City Youth Prize.

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LA DISTORSIÓN Literatura Random House

176

2019

Literary criticism has the somewhat ostentatious term bildungsroman to refer to those novels that relate the moral or psychological growth of a character, his or her step, often painful, from youth to maturity. They are also called training or learning novels. This book could be placed under that category, if it wasn’t for the fact that it is not a novel, not at all. It is perhaps a training essay. Or a diary written untimely. It certainly relates the story of a character’s growth, its various rites of love-initiation, sex, fear, travel, writing, excesses and the continuous expulsion from Paradise. But this story of growth is also a story of ancestors because the past is always in constant expansion. It is also the story of a yearning for a context. This book is the bestiary of a memory. Or the cartography of a forgetfulness. Another popular term in contemporary literary criticism is self-fiction. This book could be awarded that label if it weren’t because one of its purposes is, precisely, to combat it. Literature has always dealt with the Self, that area of the world so tiny and so absolute, without needing fashion labels. This book –a live notebook, with a pulse and limbs– recognizes this. It also recognizes that seeing the world distorts the world. It is impossible to live in it; or even narrate it.

RAFAEL TORIZ Rafael Toriz lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina since 2007, he currently coordinates cultural meetings for the Argentinian branch of Fondo de Cultura Económica. In 2008, he was awarded with an artistic residency granted by the National Fund for Culture and the Arts of Mexico and the Secretary of Culture of the Nation of Argentina to write the book La ciudad alucinada. In 2009 he was decorated by the Mexican government with the National Prize for Artistic Career.

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LIBRO DE LAS EXPLICACIONES Almadía Ediciones

268

2012

Always attentive to extend the limits of her writing, to hybridize and enhance literary genres, Tedi López Mills gives her readers this unusual and surprising book. Every day we hunt for explanations, answers that guide us through the labyrinths of existence: in this dialogue between the most intimate conscience and the mysteries of everyday life, López Mills traces the trail of her own identity. Through the question as sustenance of metaphysics, she advances boldly and daringly through land that shines with his gaze. The name, memory and family, the construction of reality, the sentimental education of books, the company of cats and habits that grew up unintentionally and to which it is no longer possible to give up this book of explanations brings together thirteen essays, a journey into a spirit, that of Tedi López Mills, unmistakable voice of Mexican literature, which with this unusual work reveals a world where the past clarifies the complexity of the present.

TEDI LÓPEZ MILLS Tedi López Mills was born in Mexico City in 1959. She has published ten books of poetry, several of which have received national prizes in Mexico: Cinco estaciones, Un lugar ajeno, Segunda persona (Efraín Huerta National Poetry Award), Glosas, Horas, Luz por aire y agua, Un jardín, cinco noches (y otros poemas), Contracorriente (José Fuentes Mares National Literature Award), Parafrasear, and Muerte en la rúa Augusta (Xavier Villaurrutia Prize). Her most recent book is a collection of essays, Libro de las explicaciones (Editorial Almadía, 2012).

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NADIE LES PIDIÓ PERDÓN Urano Tendencias

280

2015

This book is made up of chronicles that show a Mexico in which the State betrays its raison d’être to become society’s main aggressor. Soldiers who murder and disappear innocents; nurses who heal victims to deliver them to new cycles of torture; a woman who survived the martyrdom of the army; a cleaning employee who fought for her husband’s freedom; and of mothers confronting their families’ kidnappers. The evidence is irrefutable: today it is impossible to distinguish the difference between the power of government and that of criminals. This book reflects the ability of human beings who after being vexed manage to give meaning to their horror stories and continue their lives. With rigorous journalism, the author puts together testimonies, interviews, field research and an exhaustive review of records to give voice to human emotions: love, pain, guilt, and hope.

DANIELA REA Daniela Rea (Irapuato, 1982) is an independent reporter. Her chronicles and reports are included in the books País de muertos, Generación Bang, and 72 migrantes. In 2013 she received the Excellence in Journalism Award, by PEN Club México, and the Gender and Justice recognition delivered by UN Women and the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice. Rea is also a member of the Pie Network of Journalists and the New Chroniclers of the Indies. She wrote and directed the documentary No sucumbió la eternidad. Her lastest title is La Tropa: por qué mata un soldado (PRH, 2019) which she wrote with the acclaimed journalist, Pablo Ferri.

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BOLAÑO

A BIOGRAPHY OF CONVERSATIONS

Melville House

288

2014

How to know the man behind works of fiction so prone to extravagance? In the first biography of the Chilean novelist and poet, Roberto Bolaño, the journalist Mónica Maristain tracks Bolaño from his childhood in Chile to his youth in Mexico and his early infatuation with literature, to the years of tremendous literary productivity in Spain, and to his untimely death and the posthumous and unprecedented stardom that came with the international publication of his novels The Savage Detectives and 2666. Bolaño: A Biography in Conversations is assembled from a series of rich interviews with the people who knew Bolaño best: we meet Bolaño’s first publisher, who printed 225 copies of his first book of poetry; are introduced to his parents and an array of childhood friends, who watched a precocious young man turn into an obsessive writer who barely left the house; and witness the birth of Bolaño’s famed Infrarealist literary movement. The book also sheds new light on aspects of Bolaño’s life that have long been shrouded in mystery: for the first time, we learn the details of his final illness and the drama of his final days. Throughout the book, Maristain present an image far removed from the stereotypes that have been created over the years,

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with the aim of reintroducing the man whose works fascinated readers worldwide.

MÓNICA MARISTAIN Mónica Maristain is an Argentinean editor, respected journalist and writer. She has twelve published books, the most recent being Bolaño: The son of Mister Playa, published in Mexico by Almadía Ediciones (2012), in Argentina by Ediciones 36, and in the United States and England (in English), by Melville House. Currently she directs Maremoto an online newspaper that she founded.

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LOS DUEÑOS DEL INTERNET Debate

192

2018

This book proposes to change the monopolistic logic of the internet and to take ownership of our own way of relating to technology in order to live in a more equitable world. At this precise moment, half of the people are connected to Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple and Amazon. In recent years, large technology platforms have become the richest companies on the planet without using violence. Its power was consolidated thanks to the millions of users like us who entrust their attention and data through mobile phones and algorithms. Today the internet is a club of five major monopolies that generate inequality. A handful of corporations dominate the world as colonial powers did before. How did Microsoft build an empire of knowledge? How does Google predict our movements? How did Facebook cement its informative power? How does Uber handle the world of transport? But above all, how can we reverse this situation? In this book, technopolitics journalist Natalia Zuazo plunges into the universe of these large corporations to understand their ends. And it tells other stories where technology is being used with another logic: that of a more equitable society.

NATALIA SUAZO Natalia Zuazo (1979, Argentina) received a degree in Political Science from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina, and did her specialization in International Relations. Then, she did a master’s degree in Journalism at Di Tella. After a brief visit to the press office of the Argentine Chancellery a “Clarín” editor, for whom she recorded interviews during the Iraq war, called her to join the editorial staff in 2003. Since then, she has been editor of several digital media. In 2008, she started writing about the internet, especially about its intersection with politics. More specifically, about the power struggles on the Net.

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POETRY

EN LA ORILLA DE LAS COSAS Vaso Roto Ediciones

88

2019

En la orilla de las cosas approaches with poetic intensity the weight of past decisions and the persistence of memory, despite being at the edge. In this poemary, the poet has come to a limit, and when arriving at the edge she stops to look, not to her sorroundings but inside, to her intimate life. She feels besieged by an interiority that illuminates things under a different light. Gabriela Riveros walks with sincerity through a past that has now being signed with the force of a howl. An essential book to learn to see and listen inside of us the living traces that the polyphony of time leaves.

GABRIELA RIVEROS Gabriela Riveros (Monterrey, 1973) is the author of four children’s books including El encargo de Fernanda (2000 “Castillo de la Lectura” Children’s and Youth Literature National Award) and Mi hermano Paco (2001 “Castillo de la Lectura” Children’s and Youth Literature National Award). Some of her short stories included in her book Tiempos de Arcilla (1994) received the Creative Writing Award from the Tecnológico de Monterrey in 1992 and 1994 and the National Short Story Award by the Universidad de Monterrey in 1993. Her most recent titles are the novel Destierros (Lumen, 2019), and the poemary En la orilla de las cosas (Vaso Roto Ediciones, 2019).

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EROS UNA VEZ Seix Barral

63

2017

Julia Santibáñez does magic, pure magic, white magic. Because for that humanity developed language: so that magic would not be lost, so that the world would be transformed, so that love would have a thousand secret names and so that caresses could also be transmitted with words. Eros una vez is a transparent and deep book, a book of living poetry that reveals and offers its secrets with a prodigality not common in this “encrypted” world where in order to access a simple conversation you have to memorize a multi-digit “password” that never completely reveals the truth. Julia Santibáñez makes her poetry an act of communication and love, but also proposes the game, the enjoyment of enchantment, the full celebration of joy.

JULIA SANTIBAÑEZ Julia Santibañez Escobar is a Mexican writer, editor and translator. Santibáñez is the author of six books, the most recent being Eros una vez (2017, published in Uruguay, Argentina and Chile by Seix Barral Publishing House) awarded with the 2016 Mario Benedetti International Poetry Award. She has published poems and articles in digital and print media in the United States, Venezuela, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia and Spain. Since 2011 she is in charge of her own content agency: Palabras A Flor de Piel and conducts her own radio program Bazar de Letras. She is also part of the cultural TV shows El Ombligo de la Luna and La Hora, both currently broadcasted weekly.

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MUERTE EN LA RÚA AUGUSTA Almadía Ediciones

148

2009

After being retired for his unstable behavior, Mr. Gordon experiences the unfolding of his spirit in an artificial Californian Eden. In the shadow of a thousand-leaf tree, almost on the edge of a pool, Gordon transcribes his thoughts, memories and questions while trying to circumvent the harassment of his wife or his best friend, and dialogues with an inner voice determined to end his sanity. Muerte en la rúa Augusta is the diary of a character who cannibalizes himself. In this narrative poetry Tedi López Mills masterfully delves into the machine of consciousness to exhibit without restraint where that fine thread that keeps us tied to the world resides.

TEDI LÓPEZ MILLS Tedi López Mills was born in Mexico City in 1959. She has published ten books of poetry, several of which have received national prizes in Mexico: Cinco estaciones, Un lugar ajeno, Segunda persona (Efraín Huerta National Poetry Award), Glosas, Horas, Luz por aire y agua, Un jardín, cinco noches (y otros poemas), Contracorriente (José Fuentes Mares National Literature Award), Parafrasear, and Muerte en la rúa Augusta (Xavier Villaurrutia Prize). Her most recent book is a collection of essays, Libro de las explicaciones (Editorial Almadía, 2012).

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OUR AUTHORS

ANA V. CLAVEL

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ALBERTO CHIMAL

12

ALEJANDRO HERNÁNDEZ

13

ALEJANDRO PAÉZ VARELA

14

ALEJANDRO VÁZQUEZ ORTIZ

15

ÁLVARO URIBE

16, 17

BEATRIZ RIVAS

5, 6

CARLOS RENÉ PADILLA

38

CECILIA EUDAVE

19, 20

CÉSAR SILVA MÁRQUEZ

21

CLAUDIA MARCUCETTI PASCOLI

7

DANIEL CENTENO MALDONADO

22

DANIELA REA

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DANIELA TARAZONA DAVID MIKLOS ÉLMER MENDOZA

23, 24 25 26, 27, 39-41

ERNESTO ALCOCER

8

FEDRO CARLOS GUILLÉN

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GABRIELA COUTURIER

9

GABRIELA RIVEROS

28, 59

IMANOL CANEYADA

42, 43


IRMGARD EMMELHAINZ

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JOEL FLORES

29

JORGE F. HERNÁNDEZ

30

JUAN PATRICIO RIVEROLL

31

JULIA SANTIBAÑEZ

60

KAREN VILLEDA

52, 52

LUCIANA MANTERO

46

MARIÁN DE LLACA

47

MARIANA OSORIO GUMÁ

32, 33

MARITZA M. BUENDÍA

34

MÓNICA CASTELLANOS

10

MÓNICA MARISTAIN

57

MÓNICA ROJAS

11

NATALIA SUAZO

58

PATRICIA LAURENT KULLICK

35

PAULETTE JONGUITUD

36

RAFAEL TORIZ

54

SERGIO OLGUÍN

44, 45

SUSANA CORCUERA

37

TEDI LÓPEZ MILLS

55, 61

VERÓNICA MAZA BUSTAMANTE

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