For one of the thin lockdown editions of “Cultura/s,” La Vanguardia‘s culture supplement, the writer and culture journalist Àlvaro Colomer asked booksellers around Catalonia for the titles they would like to sell, most of which come from small publishers and don’t appear on the best-seller lists:
recommended best sellers:
Niklas Natt och Dag [Stockholm, 1979; Wikipedia, Spanish], 1793. El llop i el vigilant [1793: the wolf and the guard], Proa; crime fiction set in 1793 Stockholm.
Sebastià Alzamora (Mallorca, 1972), Reis del món [Kings of the world], Proa; novel on the relationship of two real, powerful characters from the same Mallorcan village in the first half of the 20th century.
Manuel Baixauli (Valencia region, 1963), Ignot [Unknown], Eds. del Periscopi; novel on an illustrator discovering the author whose work he needs to illustrate.
Gemma Pasqual i Escrivá (Valencia region, 1967), Viure perillosament [To live dangerously], Comanegra; 14 short stories on free women.
Daniel Palomeras (Catalonia, 1949), Fills de la terra dura [Sons of the hard earth], Comanegra; novel on the life of Jacint Verdaguer [Wikipedia]
Mariana Travasio (Argentina, 1967), Como si existiese el perdón [As if forgiveness existed], Las Afueras; dark novel, moral fable on human nature, violence and justice.
Magalí Echebarne (Argentina, 1983), Los mejores días [The best days], Las Afueras; short stories on women of all ages.
Marta Sanz, pequeñas mujeres rojas [small red women] (blog post)
Pere Cervantes (Barcelona, 1971), El chico de las bobinas [The guy for the reels], Planeta; historical thriller set in 1940s Barcelona; will have a German and Italian translation.
Ignacy Karpowicz (Poland, 1976; Wikipedia, Spanish), Sonka [Polish original 2014], Raig Verd; a terrible life story and its transformation by a playwright; there is 2018 translation by Dalkey Archive Press.
Itamar Orlev (Jerusalem, 1975), Bandido / Bandit = Voyou [“Thug”, French edition 2018], Quaderns Crema; a middle-aged Israeli man in search of his father’s past in Poland.
Lana Bastasic (Zagreb, 1986; website), Atrapa la llebre [Catch the rabbit], Eds. del Periscopi; two women on a road trip to Bosnia and its recent past.
Georgi Gospodinov (Bulgaria, 1968), Novela natural [Natural novel], Pimentel; postmodern; the English translation by Dalkey Archive Press was published in 2005.
recommended non fiction:
Umberto Pasti (Italy), Perdido en el paraíso [Lost in paradise], Acantilado; gardening, etc., cf. Home&Garden
Alfonso Barguño Viana (Barcelona, 1980), El suscitador. Apuntes sobre Francis Ponge [The trigger: notes on Francis Ponge], Hurtado & Ortega; biographical essay on a French poet
Vicenç Pagès Jordà, Memòria vintage [Vintage memoir: from the first man on the moon to Pulp Fiction], Empúries; 400 objects and concepts from 1969 to 1994 are remembered.
Jorge Carrión (Tarragona, 1976), Contra Amazon [Against Amazon], Galaxia Gutenberg; highly praised essay collection on books, libraries, reading…; the English translation will be published in September 2020 by Biblioasis.
Robert Macfarlane (UK, 1976), Sota terra [Underland]; Angle; review of The Guardian
Laura López Granell (Barcelona, 1968), Coratge [Courage], Godall Eds.
SOURCE: “Cultura/s,” La Vanguardia, May 2, 2020, p. 8 [printed “emergency” edition]; publishers