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FATE: An Evening with Jorge Consiglio

February 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

We’re delighted to announce this exclusive event, launching FATE by Jorge Consiglio ahead of official publication date!

Launching a new title from Charco Press, the Edinburgh-based publisher of Latin American fiction in translation. If you’ve read any of the books in Charco’s list, you already know that you’re in for a treat and there’s not a dud on the list. Our events with Charco are always popular and real evenings to remember. For us, this is what book events are all about!

Charco works tirelessly to bring the best contemporary Latin American authors into English – in just three years their contribution to literature has been inspiring. Fate is the second book they’ve translated and published by the author Jorge Consiglio, who was on the original Charco line-up with his short story collection Southerly. Fate is a novel about interwoven lives, their attempts to shape their own destinies while influencing others. How much control do we have on the people around us, and even ourselves?

At this event, we’re joined by Jorge Consiglio and Carolina Orloff (co-translator of Fate and director of Charco Press) in conversation with Julie Danskin (Golden Hare). We’ll have readings from Fate in English and Spanish.

Don’t miss this very special evening by the Golden Hare wood-burning stove, ahead of the official publication date. Tickets are redeemable against a copy of Fate on the evening, and other Charco titles will be available. Jorge will sign books after the event. Wine will be served free of charge!



From award-winning Argentinian author Jorge Consiglio, and following the success of Southerly, comes his latest novel Fate, a book ‘of a beautiful human intensity’ (Flavia Pitella).

The plot of this novel is focused on a group of characters, each endeavouring to make a mark on
their own fate. However, their desire to lead a genuine existence will lead them to face the most
difficult decisions, and to break away from comfortable habits. Carl and Marina have been living together for over ten years and have a six-year old son, Simón. Carl is an oboist at the national orchestra, and Marina is a meteorologist. Then there is Amer, a successful taxidermist.

In a self-help group for smokers who want to quit, Amer meets Clara, 20 years younger than him. While the relationship between Carl and Marina is breaking up, the relationship between Amer and Clara is just beginning. Or already at the end?

Immersed in their loneliness and existential confusion, the lives of these characters intermingle in an exquisitely written, captivating novel which attempts to narrate that fleeting, and intrinsically profound, moment in our adult lives when we look in the mirror and discover that we don’t like what we see, or no longer recognise ourselves. From one of the most renowned writers of contemporary Argentinian literature, comes this intense nouvelle which tackles the big existential questions that haunt us, through a tone and style that will enrapture readers with their beauty, poetry and sense of mystery. A gem.



Jorge Consiglio was born in Buenos Aires in 1962. He has published five novels: El bien (The Good, 2003; Award for Emerging Writers, Opera Prima, Spain), Gramática de la sombra (Grammar of the Shadows, 2007; Third Municipal Prize for Novels), Pequeñas intenciones (Small Intentions, 2011; Second National Prize for Novels, First Municipal Prize for Novels, re-published in 2019), Hospital Posadas (2015) and Tres Monedas (2018). They have all been awarded prizes in Argentina and in Spain. He has also published three collections of short stories, including Villa del Parque (2016), published by Charco Press as Southerly (2018), five books of poems and a book of essays. He is currently writing his sixth novel to be published in 2020, an excerpt of which was published by GRANTA and can be read here. Fate is his second book published in English, after Southerly.


Carolina Orloff is an experienced translator and researcher in Latin American literature. In 2016, after obtaining her PhD from the University of Edinburgh and working in the academic sector, Carolina co-founded Charco Press where she acts as publishing director. She is the co-translator of Ariana Harwicz’s Die, My Love, which was longlisted for the Man Booker International 2018, and of its sequel, Feebleminded. In 2018, she was named ‘Emerging Publisher of the Year’ by the Saltire Society.


Fionn Petch was born in Scotland, spent a decade in Mexico City and is now based in Berlin. He translates from Spanish and French, and specialises in books and exhibition catalogues on art and architecture. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Fionn has also translated The Distance Between Us by Renato Cisneros and Luis Sagasti’s A Musical Offering (2020) and Fireflies (2018) for which he was shortlisted for the TA First Translation Prize.


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February 12
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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68 St Stephen Street
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