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What makes us who we are? Arno Geiger’s father was never an easy man to know and when he developed Alzheimer’s, Arno realised he was not going to ask for help. ‘As my father can no longer cross the bridge […]
‘A writer who has no equal in the contemporary landscape of the Spanish novel.’
In a small town in Argentina, a seamstress is sewing a wedding dress. All of a sudden she fears that her son has been kidnapped and driven off to Patagonia. She gives chase in a taxi. Her husband finds out […]
The first book of reportage covering the flight of refugees from Syria to Europe via the Mediterranean. With colour photos. Award-winning journalist Wolfgang Bauer and photographer Stanislav Krupař were the first undercover reporters to document the journey of Syrian refugees […]
“These days we walk right past a body on the street, and we have to stop pretending we can’t see it.” – from The Transmigration of Bodies A plague has brought death to the city. Two feuding crime families with […]
Long before he was the taco seller whose ‘Gringo Dog’ recipe made him famous throughout Mexico City, our hero was an aspiring artist: an artist, that is, till his would-be girlfriend was stolen by Diego Rivera, and his dreams snuffed […]
Grains of sand, bridges, shampoo, a bike, board games, yoga, sellotape, birds, balloons, tattoos, wandering hands, tweezers, maths, fish, letterboxes, puppets, a vacuum cleaner, a ball of string – and love. In this fiction of yous and mes, of hims and […]
‘The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.’ – William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the deaths of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, And Other Stories and Hay Festival have selected twelve contemporary international […]
This is a woman as a mother, daughter, wife, spectator, lover, mistress. Observer and commentator. Actor and reactor. Dressed up bright as a child or submerged in the grey elegance of Paris, she shifts readily between roles, countries, and languages. […]
Mr and Mrs Malgas are going quietly about their lives when a mysterious squatter appears on the vacant plot next to their home. Arriving with portmanteau in hand and a head full of extraordinary ideas, the stranger at once begins to fashion tools […]
To every question he said he didn’t know. Still they came, the questions came. I don’t know did not put a stop to them. – from Martin John Martin John must put a stop to it. They have an […]
At a run-down brothel in Caudal, Spain, the prostitutes are collecting stray dogs. Each is named after a famous male writer: Dante, Chaucer, Bret Easton Ellis. When a john is cruel, the dogs are fed rotten meat. To the […]
A nurse sleeps at the bedside of his dying patients; a wife deceives her husband by never telling him he has cancer; a bedridden man has to be hidden from his demented and amorous eighty-year-old wife. In her poignant and […]
From the Solzhenitsyn Prize and Russian Booker Prize winner In the vast Kazakh steppes of the crumbling Soviet Empire, Alyosha has finished his army service and is promised a gift from his deaf commander: an everlasting steel tooth. As he waits […]
What kind of Detective am I? Eardrum or tympanum? Gullet or oesophagus? Pussy or pudenda? A Detective needs a language almost as much as a language needs a Detective. In this new collection of stories, award-winning author Ivan Vladislavić invites […]
‘Neither the old man nor Boga ever said more than was needed. And yet they understood each other perfectly.’ Over the course of a season, Boga and the old man work side by side on the sandbanks of the Paraná Delta, […]
Tregian’s Ground: The Life and Sometimes Secret Adventures of Francis Tregian, Gentleman and Musician
The significance of the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book to our musical canon is well known; the remarkable story of its copyist and compiler, Francis Tregian, less so. Born into Cornish Catholic nobility and plumb into the choppy waters of the Elizabethan Age, […]
1975. The cusp of Argentina’s Dirty War. The magnate, Fausto Tamerlán, has been kidnapped by guerrillas, who as part of their ransom demands have stipulated the placement of a bust of Eva Perón in all ninety-two offices of Argentina’s leading […]
Winner of Best Short Story Collection at the 2015 Saboteur Awards, voted for by readers! A girl repeatedly chops her boyfriend in half but, while her ‘other half’ multiplies, she is still not satisfied. Love transforms a mother working down […]
I was eight when my father brought me to one of the big houses at the top of Esperanza Street and left me with Mary Morelos. ‘I haven’t the time to fix broken wings,’ she said. ‘Does he have any […]
She is a shimmering, melancholy angel, flown from Paradise to save him from the suburbs of hell. He an accountant, dreaming of a white Christmas, a little garden and someone to love. She attempts to fly him away from his habits […]
Signs Preceding the End of the World is one of the most arresting novels to be published in Spanish in the last ten years. Yuri Herrera does not simply write about the border between Mexico and the United States and […]
‘For any reader who would like to keep up with what is happening at the forefront of Afrikaans literature, this collection is truly unmissable.’ – André Brink If death comes to a loved one, can we grieve alone? When all around is […]
Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015 shortlisted Financial Times Translated Book of the Year 2014 By Night The Mountain Burns recounts the narrator’s childhood on a remote island off the West African coast, living with his mysterious grandfather, several mothers and […]
Winner of the Machado de Assis Prize Driving home, law student Paulo passes a figure at the side of the road. The indigenous girl stands in the heavy rain, as if waiting for something. Paulo gives her a lift to […]
From the winner of the Solzhenitsyn Prize 2012 and the Russian Booker Prize 2002 The Matiushin Case is one of the darkest and most powerful works of fiction to appear in Russian in the last twenty years. Deriving, like Captain […]
‘Elvira Dones is among the best of Albania’s writers and her publication in English is excellent news.’ – Ismail Kadare When Hana’s dying uncle calls her back from the city to the family home in the Albanian mountains, he tries to […]
A classic novel of the South African transition and winner of the South African Sunday Times Prize for Fiction It is 1993, and Aubrey Tearle’s world is shutting down. He has recently retired from a lifetime of proofreading telephone directories. His […]
A Map of Tulsa is elegiac, graceful, and as much a story about young love as it is a love letter to a classic American city. The first days of summer: Jim Praley is home from college, ready to unlock Tulsa’s secrets. […]
Race, politics, identity, and photography: South African writer Ivan Vladislavić reminds us nothing is black and white Dropout Neville Lister accompanies acclaimed photographer Saul Auerbach for a day, to learn a lesson for life. They play a game: from a […]
A young mother learns to survive among the snakes, sleaze and slums of Buenos Aires Paradises might be a reimagining of Camus’ Outsider – but in female form and living in 21st-century Buenos Aires. Our narrator allows the hazards of […]
Anarchy in Mexico – a comic novel about screwed-up families and politics from the author of Down the Rabbit Hole It’s the 1980s in Lagos de Moreno – a town where there are more cows than people, and more priests […]
One of the most original and comic voices to come out of Brazil – Souza Leão orchestrates a carnival among the mad All Dogs are Blue is a fiery and scurrilously funny tale of life in a Rio de […]
From the winner of the Solzhenitsyn Prize 2012 and the Russian Booker Prize 2002 First volume in the Russian Booker winning trilogy Tales from the Last Days by a newly translated prize-winning & powerful Russian author. Deep in the […]
From the Man Booker Prize 2012 and BBC International Short Story Award 2012 shortlisted Deborah Levy Deborah Levy was also shortlisted for the 2012 Specsavers National Book Awards (UK Author of the Year) and 2013 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize. How […]
Gradually we get to know a man with a twinkle in his eye and a love of walking. We learn the captivating story of this man, his late wife, their son and the many people he has met along the way. Zbinden’s Progress is heart-rending, heart-warming and hilarious.
Helen DeWitt follows her extraordinary debut The Last Samurai with a sharp, uproarious satire on modern life and corporate culture. A novel in the spirit of Mel Brooks’ The Producers.
Happiness is Possible tells the story of a writer late delivering his novel, unable to write anything uplifting since his wife walked out. But happiness seems determined to catch up with him as well…
Guardian First Book Award shortlisted Down the Rabbit Hole has created quite a buzz. It was published in Spain in 2010 (Anagrama) and is already being translated into Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Romanian, Dutch and more languages.
Profound and thrilling, Swimming Home reveals how the most devastating secrets are the ones we keep from ourselves.
Iosi Havilio was born in Buenos Aires in 1974. Open Door is his frst novel. His second novel is Estocolmo (Stockholm). Originally published in Argentina, both have now been issued in Spain. He is currently working on a novel that follows on from Open Door.
A detective novel, a cyber-thriller, an inner-city road trip and a war memoir, The Islands is a hilarious, devastating and dizzyingly surreal account of a history that remains all too raw.
Clemens Meyer is one of Germany’s most exciting writers. Born in 1977 in what was then East Germany, he worked as a security guard, forklift driver and construction worker while completing his frst novel.