Charco Press Bundle

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We’ve always enjoyed the excellent output of Charco Press, an Edinburgh-based published who specialise in Latin American translated fiction of the very highest quality.

Not satisfied with just one helping of Charco’s wonderful output? Then help yourself or a pal to this excellent bundle of three new Charco releases!

Fate by Jorge Consiglio (translated by Carolina Orloff and Fionn Petch)

They inhabited a present that was weightless, fickle even, and yet at the same time effortlessly assembled; it was the very embodiment of something sound, something firm and tangible: a space of utter certainty...

This novel focuses on a group of characters who are all in different ways endeavouring to take control of their fate. Their desire to lead a genuine existence forces them to confront difficult decisions, and to break out of comfortable routines.

Karl and Marina have been together for ten years and have a young son, Simón. Karl is a German-born oboist at Argentina’s national orchestra, and Marina is a meteorologist. On a field trip, she meets fellow researcher Zárate, and what might have been just a fling starts to erode the foundations of her marriage. Then there is Amer, a dynamic and successful taxidermist. At a group therapy session for smokers, Amer falls for the younger Clara. While the relationship between Karl and Marina disintegrates, the love story between Amer and Clara is just beginning – or is it already at an end?

One of Argentina’s leading contemporary writers, Jorge Consiglio portrays the inner worlds of these characters through the minute details of their everyday lives, laying bare their strivings and their frustrations with a wry gaze, and seeking in this close-up texture a deeper truth.

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The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezon Camara

1872. The pampas of Argentina. China is a young woman eking out an existence in a remote gaucho encampment. After her no-good husband is conscripted into the army, China bolts for freedom, setting off on a wagon journey through the pampas in the company of her new-found friend Liz, a settler from Scotland. While Liz provides China with a sentimental education and schools her in the nefarious ways of the British Empire, their eyes are opened to the wonders of Argentina's richly diverse flora and fauna, cultures and languages, as well as to the ruthless violence involved in nation-building.

This subversive retelling of Argentina's foundational gaucho epic Martin Fierro is a celebration of the colour and movement of the living world, the open road, love and sex, and the dream of lasting freedom. With humour and sophistication, Gabriela Cabezon Camara has created a joyful, hallucinatory novel that is also an incisive critique of national myths.

 

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Loop by Brenda Lozano (translated by Annie McDermott)

Loop is a love story narrated from the point of view of a woman who waits for her boyfriend Jonás to return from a trip to Spain. They met when she was recovering from an accident and he had just lost his mother. Soon after that, they were living together. She waits for him as a sort of contemporary Penelope who, instead of knitting only to then un-knit, she writes and erases her thoughts in a notebook: Proust, a dwarf, a swallow, a dreamy cat or David Bowie singing ‘Wild is the Wind’, make up some of the strands that are woven together in this tapestry of longing and waiting.

Written in a sometimes irreverent style, in short fragments that at points are more like haikus than conventional narrative prose, this is a truly original reflection on love, relationships, solitude and the aesthetics and purpose of writing.

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Fate by Jorge Consiglio (translated by Carolina Orloff and Fionn Petch)

Weight 268 g
Dimensions 13.2 × 19.8 × 2.2 cm
ISBN

9781999368463

Publisher

Charco Press

Format

Paperback

Pagination

240 pages

The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezon Camara

Weight 252 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 13.0 × 1.8 cm
ISBN

9781916465664

Publisher

Charco Press

Format

Paperback

Pagination

200 pages

Loop by Brenda Lozano (translated by Annie McDermott)

Weight 240 g
Dimensions 13.2 × 19.8 × 2.2 cm
ISBN

9781916465640

Publisher

Charco Press

Format

Paperback

Pagination

230 pages

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