Ya nadie llora por mí
Author: Sergio Ramírez
Premio Cervantes 2017. «Sergio Ramírez conjuga una literatura comprometida con una alta calidad literaria.» Jurado del premio Carlos Fuentes El inspector Dolores Morales está dado de baja en la Policía Nacional desde hace años y ahora trabaja como detective privado investigando adulterios para una clientela de pocos recursos desde su agencia establecida en un shopping center venido a menos en Managua. Pero un acontecimiento imprevisto va a sacarle de la rutina: ha desaparecido la hijastra de uno de los hombres más poderosos del país y Morales recibe el encargo de encontrarla. Pronto la desaparición de la joven se revela como la punta de un iceberg que oculta las cloacas del sistema político y social del país. Es ese el momento en que Morales comprende que lo que debe descubrirno es sólo el paradero de la muchacha, sino las verdaderas razones por las que ha desaparecido. Con un extraordinario manejo del humor y la ironía, y la maestría narrativa que caracterizan toda su obra, Sergio Ramírez regresa al género negro con uno de sus personajes más memorables, que ya protagonizó El cielo llora por mí (2008). Sexo, dinero, corrupción y tramas de poder son las claves de este caso policial en el que nadie resulta del todo inocente. La crítica ha dicho... «El relato policial es la forma que asume una pregunta por la veracidad. Discurso híbrido, está hecho del lado de la lectura en un español que confronta la corrupción, la mentira y la violencia. En El cielo llora por mí, la novela policial logra imaginar, a pesar de todas las razones en contra, una certeza compartible.» Julio Ortega, El País «Margarita, está linda la mar es la síntesis que un gran escritor logra entre la tragedia y la grandeza de un país al que ama hasta el punto de convertirlo en pura literatura.» Carlos Fuentes «Un relato pícaro y socarrón, exento de dogmatismo, que asume la tarea de relatar un argumento que no se propone como novedad; lo sorprendente está en el enfoque cercano de los sucesos, en su humor irreverente.» Arturo García Ramos, ABC (sobre Sara) «El primer cuentista vivo en el continente latinoamericano, y uno de los mejores en español, heredero de las armas de Cortázar y Monterroso [...]. Por cada cuento un mundo.» Javier Sancho Más, Babelia «Sergio Ramírez se mueve como pez en el agua en el dominio del relato, escribiendo cuentos que no se cansan de sacarle punta al lápiz de la vida, adoptando enfoques insólitos "que acaban convirtiendo en sorprendente un suceso banal" y aclimatando con suma habilidad el humor a las catástrofes cotidianas.» Javier Aparicio, El País
Author: Sergio Ramirez
Sergio Ramriez transforms the most celebrated criminal trial in Nicaraguan history--the murders in 1933 of three high society women by a Casanova named Castaneda--into an examination of Nicaraguan society on the brink of the first Somosa dictatorship, where passion, money, sex, gossip, political intrigue and judicial corruption all merge.
Panoramic novel of Nicaragua that brings alive the characters and conflicts of Central America's past and present.
The German Girl
Author: Armando Lucas Correa
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A young girl flees Nazi-occupied Germany with her family and best friend, only to discover that the overseas refuge they had been promised is an illusion in this “powerful and affecting” (Kirkus Reviews) debut novel, perfect for fans of The Nightingale, All the Light We Cannot See, and Schindler’s List. Before everything changed, young Hannah Rosenthal lived a charmed life. But now, in 1939, the streets of Berlin are draped with red, white, and black flags; her family’s fine possessions are hauled away; and they are no longer welcome in the places that once felt like home. Hannah and her best friend, Leo Martin, make a pact: whatever the future has in store for them, they’ll meet it together. Hope appears in the form of the S.S. St. Louis, a transatlantic liner offering Jews safe passage out of Germany. After a frantic search to obtain visas, the Rosenthals and the Martins depart on the luxurious ship bound for Havana. Life on board the St. Louis is like a surreal holiday for the refugees, with masquerade balls, exquisite meals, and polite, respectful service. But soon ominous rumors from Cuba undermine the passengers’ fragile sense of safety. From one day to the next, impossible choices are offered, unthinkable sacrifices are made, and the ship that once was their salvation seems likely to become their doom. Seven decades later in New York City, on her twelfth birthday, Anna Rosen receives a strange package from an unknown relative in Cuba, her great-aunt Hannah. Its contents will inspire Anna and her mother to travel to Havana to learn the truth about their family’s mysterious and tragic past, a quest that will help Anna understand her place and her purpose in the world. The German Girl sweeps from Berlin at the brink of the Second World War to Cuba on the cusp of revolution, to New York in the wake of September 11, before reaching its deeply moving conclusion in the tumult of present-day Havana. Based on a true story, this masterful novel gives voice to the joys and sorrows of generations of exiles, forever seeking a place called home.
Author: Laia Jufresa
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
“Ms. Jufresa: Where the f*#! did you learn to tell a story so well?” — Álvaro Enrigue, award-winning author of Sudden Death It started with a drowning. Deep in the heart of Mexico City, where five houses cluster around a sun-drenched courtyard, lives Ana, a precocious twelve-year-old who spends her days buried in Agatha Christie novels to forget the mysterious death of her little sister years earlier. Over the summer she decides to plant a milpa in her backyard, and as she digs the ground and plants her seeds, her neighbors in turn delve into their past. The ripple effects of grief, childlessness, illness and displacement saturate their stories, secrets seep out and questions emerge – Who was my wife? Why did my Mom leave? Can I turn back the clock? And how could a girl who knew how to swim drown? In prose that is dazzlingly inventive, funny and tender, Laia Jufresa immerses us in the troubled lives of her narrators, deftly unpicking their stories to offer a darkly comic portrait of contemporary Mexico, as whimsical as it is heart-wrenching.
Author: Héctor Abad
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Oblivion is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written memorial to the author's father, Héctor Abad Gómez, whose criticism of the Colombian regime led to his murder by paramilitaries in 1987. Twenty years in the writing, it paints an unforgettable picture of a man who followed his conscience and paid for it with his life during one of the darkest periods in Latin America's recent history.
El cielo llora por mi
Author: Sergio Ramírez
Ganador del Premio Cervantes 2017. En esta novela policíaca, narrada con tensión e ironía, y donde la sorpresa salta en cada página, las fuerzas del bien son a veces las fuerzas del mal. Asesinatos y narcotráfico, policías y cárteles. Nadie es inocente. En El cielo llora por mí Sergio Ramírez explora los resquicios de las fuerzas del mal, por donde corre impetuosa la vida. El inspector Dolores Morales y el subinspector Bert Dixon, del Departamento de Narcóticos de la policía nicaragüense, y antiguos guerrilleros, investigan la desaparición de una mujer; las únicas pistas son un yate abandonado en la costa de Laguna de Perlas, sospechoso de transportar drogas, un libro quemado y una camiseta ensangrentada (más tarde aparecerán una valija con cien mil dólares y un vestido de novia). Los detectives crean una insólita red de espionaje en la que participan por igual la DEA y doña Sofía, afanadora de la Policía. Las cosas se ponen candentes cuando ocurre una serie de asesinatos, entre ellos el del principal testigo. Managua, caótica y ardiente, es el escenario de las pesquisas de estos dos policías que se enfrentan con las uñas, y con humor y valentía, a los poderosos cárteles de Cali y de Sinaloa.
The best-selling coming-of-age classic, acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught in schools and universities alike, and translated around the world. The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Told in a series of vignettes—sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous—Sandra Cisneros’ masterpiece is a classic story of childhood and self-discovery. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.
The Scarred Woman
Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen
The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Causes delivers his most captivating and suspenseful Department Q novel yet--perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson. Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q, Copenhagen's cold cases division, meets his toughest challenge yet when the dark, troubled past of one of his own team members collides with a sinister unsolved murder. In a Copenhagen park the body of an elderly woman is discovered. The case bears a striking resemblance to another unsolved homicide investigation from over a decade ago, but the connection between the two victims confounds the police. Across town a group of young women are being hunted. The attacks seem random, but could these brutal acts of violence be related? Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q is charged with solving the mystery. Back at headquarters, Carl and his team are under pressure to deliver results: failure to meet his superiors' expectations will mean the end of Department Q. Solving the case, however, is not their only concern. After an earlier breakdown, their colleague Rose is still struggling to deal with the reemergence of her past--a past in which a terrible crime may have been committed. It is up to Carl, Assad, and Gordon to uncover the dark and violent truth at the heart of Rose's childhood before it is too late.
The Guillotine Squad
Author: Guillermo Arriaga
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Full of Arriaga's trademark humor and irony present in his films and novels, The Guillotine Squad takes us back to one of the most exciting times in Mexican history. Feliciano Velasco y Borbolla de la Fuente, a lawyer, sells his famous invention, the guillotine, to Pancho Villa, the renowned insurgent general of the Mexican Revolution. Soon Feliciano finds himself immersed in the logic of this simultaneously bizarre, heroic, and cruel world of Villa's troops.
Author: Anne Holt
Author: Sergio Ramírez
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Adiós Muchachos is a candid insider’s account of the leftist Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua. During the 1970s, Sergio Ramírez led prominent intellectuals, priests, and business leaders to support the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), against Anastasio Somoza’s dictatorship. After the Sandinistas overthrew the Somoza regime in 1979, Ramírez served as vice-president under Daniel Ortega from 1985 until 1990, when the FSLN lost power in a national election. Disillusioned by his former comrades’ increasing intolerance of dissent and resistance to democratization, Ramírez defected from the Sandinistas in 1995 and founded the Sandinista Renovation Movement. In Adiós Muchachos, he describes the utopian aspirations for liberation and reform that motivated the Sandinista revolution against the Somoza regime, as well as the triumphs and shortcomings of the movement’s leadership as it struggled to turn an insurrection into a government, reconstruct a country beset by poverty and internal conflict, and defend the revolution against the Contras, an armed counterinsurgency supported by the United States. Adiós Muchachos was first published in 1999. Based on a later edition, this translation includes Ramírez’s thoughts on more recent developments, including the re-election of Daniel Ortega as president in 2006.
Author: Oscar Wilde
Author: Lisa De Jong
I've always let my past dictate my future, letting it paint a picture of exactly what I don't want to be. Where I don't want to end up. Drake Chambers is as arrogant as I am stubborn. A college quarterback, a national star. I thought he was just another one of those guys ... the type every girl should stay away from, but he's carrying more than the weight of the football team on his shoulders. He unravels the feelings and beliefs I've held onto for so long. I thought we had it all figured out. Two people who'd finally found their happily ever after, but the past always has a way of sneaking into the present. With one decision, everything changes ... forever.
Even the Dead
Author: Benjamin Black
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
A suspicious death, a pregnant woman suddenly gone missing: Quirke's latest case leads him inexorably toward the dark machinations of an old foe Perhaps Quirke has been down among the dead too long. Lately the Irish pathologist has suffered hallucinations and blackouts, and he fears the cause is a brain tumor. A specialist diagnoses an old head injury caused by a savage beating; all that's needed, the doctor declares, is an extended rest. But Quirke, ever intent on finding his place among the living, is not about to retire. One night during a June heat wave, a car crashes into a tree in central Dublin and bursts into flames. The police assume the driver's death was either an accident or a suicide, but Quirke's examination of the body leads him to believe otherwise. Then his daughter Phoebe gets a mysterious visit from an acquaintance: the woman, who admits to being pregnant, says she fears for her life, though she won't say why. When the woman later disappears, Phoebe asks her father for help, and Quirke in turn seeks the assistance of his old friend Inspector Hackett. Before long the two men find themselves untangling a twisted string of events that takes them deep into a shadowy world where one of the city's most powerful men uses the cover of politics and religion to make obscene profits. Even the Dead--Benjamin Black's seventh novel featuring the endlessly fascinating Quirke--is a story of surpassing intensity and surprising beauty.