La Extincción de la diáspora judía

Los Restos mortales (What Death Left Behind)

The plot is very loosely based on the authors’s own dysfunctional family history: when Salas was 17, after his father died, his mother was murdered by a hitman hired by his father’s first wife and a stepbrother he knew nothing about. The hitman was supposed to kill him too, but luckily the boy happened to be out at the time. In the novel, the boy seeks revenge by seducing the hitman. Dark and very gripping. (Grupo Editorial Norma, 2011).

Petits papiers au gré du vent (Papeles en el viento)

Petits papiers au gré du vent, the French edition of Papeles en el viento published by Ed. Héloïse d’Ormesson is one of the two finalists competing for the Jules Rimet Prize for Literature and Sports.

Historia de Roque Rey

Historia de Roque Rey, Ricardo Romero. Eterna Cadencia, 512 p.

Roque Rey was brought up by his aunt and uncle. He was eleven when his uncle Pedro died, and that day his aunt asked him to try on the shoes with which she intended to bury her husband. Roque Rey put them on, and walked away, never to return. And so begins a long peregrination in borrowed shoes, spanning forty years of the life of Argentina, which leads Roque to cross the path of many unforgettable characters: a parricidal priest; a troup of musicians and dancers with whom he will spend several years traveling all over the country; the hundreds of dead people in the Morgue where he is employed during the dictatorship, whose shoes seem to be driven by a mind of their own; a highly gifted child who tries to seduce him…

An amazing epic novel, beautifully written, in the best trradition of Latin American literature, by one of the most talented young Argentinian writers.

RIGHTS SOLD: Eterna cadencia (World Spanish), Le Seuil (French), Fazi (Italy)

 

Ser feliz era eso

Alfaguara, 2014. 248 p.
Sofía, a 14 year-old girl whose mother has just died, turns up on Lucas’ doorstep, and tells him she is his daughter. Of course he hadn’t the slightest idea he had a fathered a child. This sudden irruption of a teenager into Lucas’ and his wife’s lives is not something they take too well, especially since the couple had decided never to have children…
A gripping, moving novel by a writer who, according to director Juan José Campanella, “succeeds like few others in giving his stories a universal dimension — the stories of ordinary people where commonplace becomes epic”.
Rights sold: France (Éditions Héloïse d’Ormesson)

América nazi

Relatos reunidos

Alfaguara, 2012. 512 p.

A selection of novellas and short stories by one of Argentina’s most remarkable contemporary writers.

Rights sold: Italy (Jaca Books)

Pequeños combatientes

Great reviews following the publication in France of Pequeños combatientes. Here are just a few of them.

«Un témoignage-roman émouvant et original sur les années de dictature militaire vues par les yeux d’une enfant pleine d’imagination.» La Croix (lire la suite)
«Un récit poignant parce qu’il est à hauteur d’enfant.» L’Express (lire la suite)
«Elle réussit avec limpidité et brio à transformer l’expérience vécue en littérature.» Le Monde des livres (lire la suite)
«L’enfant solitaire qui doit découvrir et comprendre ce qu’on lui cache, c’est presque un écrivain.» Libération (lire la suite)
«Une chronique touchante d’une enfance rentrée en résistance.» Le Matricule des Anges (lire la suite)
«Haut en couleur et en tendresse.» La semaine (lire la suite)
«Cette force à supporter le drame éblouit le lecteur.» Actualitté (lire la suite)
«Raquel Robles compose un roman subtil qui transcende la gravité contextuelle pour dépeindre, avec une belle finesse littéraire, l’univers effrité de ces petits combattants.» Page des libraires, librairie Georges Talence (lire la suite)
«Un récit où tout le mystère, toute l’horreur, toutes les contradictions de cette époque composent une mélodie à la fois triste et drôle, d’une profonde beauté.» Eduardo Sacheri

Banzai!

(Grupo Editorial Norma, Aug. 2011, 240 p.). Bernatek returns to one of his favorite themes: his main protagonist is a man who starts from scratch under a new identity – that of a man killed in an accident –, moving away to a decadent town on the coast, totally freed from all previous ties and reinventing a new life for himself. As he wanders around desolate beaches, he recalls his adolescence, and death of a Jewish girl he knew, whose brutal murder seems to have been related to Rudolf Eichmann.
Rights sold: France (L’Olivier)

Lumbre

(Eterna Cadencia, 2013. 288 p.) Federico Souza returns to Chivilcoy for a few days for the first time in twenty years. His father called him to let him kno that Pajarito Lernú has passed away, and shortly before dying, has given him a cow as a gift for Federico.
Hernán Ronsino is thus back to the world of La descomposición and Glaxo, to that town immersed in the pampas, where things are half said and half known. The reason of the trip, Pajarito’s death, is a faint thread from which Federico’s memories unravel. Following the tracks of their memories, the characters make up the story of the town up, attempting to determine where they belong in it, and what part the town itself played in history. Lumbre is a novel “written from memory” by one of today’s the most talented argentinian authors.

RGHTS SOLD TO GALLIMARD (Fench), BILGER VERLAG (German), GRAN VIA (Italian)