- Translations -

The Twilight Zone
Nona Fernández

Graywolf, 2021

National Book Award Finalist for Translated Literature

“There is an incantatory quality to Nona Fernández’s The Twilight Zone, a feeling of walking, as though under a spell, and then accidentally tripping into the murky unknown."

The Paris Review

Cowboy Graves
Roberto Bolaño

Penguin Press, 2021

The Savage Detectives may have made Bolaño’s name, but his posthumous publications—from the galactic 2666 to the winsome Spirit of Science Fiction—have cemented his legend. He left behind a vault to rival Prince’s Paisley Park. . . . The effect of Cowboy Graves is less the piecing together of a puzzle than the recentering of a whole, mythic world.”

The New York Times Book Review

Space Invaders
Nona Fernández

Graywolf, 2019

National Book Award Longlist for Translated Literature

“This standout debut from Chilean author Fernández dexterously tells the story of a group of Chilean friends haunted by the absence of their old classmate and friend, Estrella González, who left their school as they grew up during the Pinochet dictatorship.”

Publishers Weekly

The Spirit of Science Fiction

Roberto Bolaño

Penguin Press, 2019

“A fascinating blueprint of Bolaño’s poetics and of the extent to which he drew from the Beat literature of William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac . . . it also has achingly beautiful passages, and its lessons about the reach of American policy resonate to this day. A superbly talented young man wrote it, in 1984, believing that truth reached through art was the only means to revolution. In this sense, it reads like a dispatch from beyond the grave.”

The New Yorker

The Dinner Guest
Gabriela Ybarra

Harvill, 2017

Man Booker International Prize Longlist

“The Spanish writer Gabriela Ybarra comes from a politically elite family. In the 1970s, her family was one of about a dozen that occupied every position of power in Vizcaya, a province in the Basque region of Spain. This made them targets for the left-wing Basque separatist group ETA, which kidnapped and murdered Ybarra’s grandfather, Javier Ybarra, six years before she was born. That kidnapping serves as the point of departure for her debut novel, The Dinner Guest…a seamless blend of art, politics, and private life.”


Sudden Death
Álvaro Enrigue

Riverhead, 2016

“Enrigue muses on the nature of the novel and his intentions in writing Sudden Death as easily as he holds a candle to the obscure maneuvers of the powerful. And he has a poet's ear, beautifully attended to by Natasha Wimmer's translation.... Sudden Death shows us that games are never merely games, because no game is played without consequences."

Los Angeles Times

A Little Lumpen Novelita
Roberto Bolaño

New Directions, 2014

“What stays with us as we read this dangerous little book is the sense that we are the innocents at the center of Bolaño’s story.”

The Washington Post

Father and Son: A Lifetime
Marcos Giralt Torrente

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014

“A provocative memoir about coming to terms with not only the life and death of the author’s father, but also with writing about it as honestly as possible. A prizewinning novelist in his native Spain, Torrente has drawn from his own life in his fiction, and he admits that he used his writing as a “weapon” against the father who left his mother for another woman and whose contact with his son was infrequent for decades.”

Kirkus Reviews

Woes of the True Policeman
Roberto Bolaño

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012

“The much admired Chilean writer’s final, unfinished novel is a seductive grab bag filled with the mysteries of sexuality and literature.”

Kirkus Reviews

The Third Reich
Roberto Bolaño

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011

“A beguiling introduction to Bolaño…The Third Reich is giddily funny, but it is also prickly and bizarre enough to count among Bolaño’s first-rate efforts.”

The Economist

Between Parentheses
Roberto Bolaño

Essays, Articles, and Speeches, 1998-2003

New Directions, 2011

“His nonfiction prose, gathered here for the first time, demonstrates that the swashbuckling Bolaño could declaim and brawl at the same time. He was a lover and a fighter”

The New York Times

Roberto Bolaño

New Directions, 2010

Antwerp is a total avant-garde freakout, and among the most beautiful things Bolaño wrote.”

—The Millions

Roberto Bolaño

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008

National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

“An often shockingly raunchy and violent tour de force (though the phrase seems hardly adequate to describe the novel's narrative velocity, polyphonic range, inventiveness, and bravery) based in part on the still unsolved murders of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juárez, in the Sonora desert near the Texas border.”

―Francisco Goldman, The New York Review of Books

The Secret of Fame
Gabriel Zaid

Paul Dry Books, 2008

"Mr. Zaid's goal is to capture the variety of anxieties that beset literary fame-seekers, and he does so with a mocking cleverness. A serious theme, though, runs through his book―that with the possible exception of a few agonized painters and musicians, no one can quite touch the exquisite torment of the literary artist as he faces the hazards of fate."

Wall Street Journal

The Savage Detectives
Roberto Bolaño

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007

“An utterly unique achievement—a modern epic rich in character and event. . . . [He is] the most important writer to emerge from Latin America since García Márquez.”

San Francisco Chronicle

Laura Restrepo

Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2007

“A disconcertingly lovely book, and its depiction of Colombian society at an awful moment in its history is sharp, vivid, utterly persuasive.”

The New York Times Book Review

Kensington Gardens by Rodrigo Fresán

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006

“The ‘tycoon hermit of children's literature,’ Peter Hook, kidnaps the child star of the upcoming film version of his hero's adventures Jim Yang: The Movie. The book is constructed as a confession foisted by Hook on the bound and drugged child star Keiko Kai, one that reels back through Hook's life story.”

Publishers Weekly

The Way to Paradise
Mario Vargas Llosa

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003

The Way to Paradise weaves an extraordinarily rich double fantasia around Gauguin's life, strenuously explores qualities in the works, and sets the moral issues in a far wilder, more real historical world. (...) It's riveting stuff, beautifully written; wild, exact, and visually stunning. En route it makes wonderful sense of the paintings.”

The Independent

So Many Books
Gabriel Zaid

Paul Dry Books, 2003

“With cascades of books pouring down on him from every direction, how can the twenty-first-century reader keep his head above water? Gabriel Zaid answers that question in a variety of surprising ways, many of them witty, all of them provocative.”

—Anne Fadiman

The Language of Passion
Mario Vargas Llosa

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002

“For 25 years Vargas Llosa has written a widely syndicated column for Spain's premier newspaper, El Pais, commenting with authority and elan on current events, culture, literature, art, and music. Making Waves (1997) gathered a bounty of earlier essays, and now this new volume offers electrifying selections from the 1990s.”


Letters to a Young Novelist
Mario Vargas Llosa

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002

“[Vargas Llosa] ostensibly addresses a young protege in this series of 11 letters distilling his own fiction-writing concepts into concrete terms. The great Peruvian master proves to be a wellspring of wisdom, experience, and inspiration not only for serious fiction writers but also for serious fiction readers.”


Dirty Havana Trilogy by Pedro Juan Gutiérrez

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001

“The streetwise gutsiness of [Charles] Bukowski and [Henry] Miller pervades Gutiérrez’s raunchy, symbolic, semi-autobiographical debut novel”

Publishers Weekly

Dirty Havana Trilogy might be the most important work of Cuban fiction in the last thirty years.”


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