July 29, 2016

The Old Man at the Bridge

Ernest Hemingway

Pere Ginard (Illustrations)

"I was watching the bridge and the African looking country of the Ebro Delta and wondering how long now it would be before we would see the enemy, and listening all the while for the first noises that would signal that ever mysterious event called contact, and the old man still sat there.

It is Easter Sunday 1938. At a pontoon bridge across the Ebro river during the Spanish Civil War, an army scout encounter an old man who seems anchored to bridge, where people are crossing to escape the war zone. In the middle of a military action, the old man, who was only taking care of his animals, has been forced to leave his hometown. He is disoriented, confused and too tired to go any further. He will probably die at the bridge. Another innocent victim who has been uprooted and displaced by the war. 
The epilogue of Ian Gibson, a specialist in Contemporary History, offers an accurate and rigorous contextualization of the facts underlying the Hemingway story.

165 x 240 mm; 96 pgs. Hardback with dust jacket

March 6, 2015

Bologna Prize Best Children's Publisher of the year

Great news! We are happy to announce that for the second consecutive year, we are one of the five nominees for the Best Children's Publisher of the Year, given by the Bologna Children's Book Fair. The prize has been instituted to pay tribute to publishers at the forefront of innovation in their activity.
Here you can see the complete list of the nominees. Congratulations to all of them!

Image: Roeselien Raimond

The Stab / The Tango of Returning

Julio Cortázar

Pat Andrea (Illustrations)
Enrique Vila-Mata (Epilogue)

“On the fifth day he saw him following Flora who was going to the store…
and everything became future, like the unread pages in that novel left face down in
a sofa, something already written and which one didn’t even have to read because it was already fulfilled before reading..."

Pat Andrea arrived in Buenos Aires in the aftermath of general Videla’s coup. Shocked by the atmosphere of violence, he worked on a series of drawings whose obsessive subject was the stab,
an image taken from the tango with that title. Once in Europe, he contacted Julio Cortázar, who, fascinated with the images, decided to offer him a short story: The Tango of Returning.

220 x 290 mm; 96 pgs. Hardback with cloth binding.

Ballad on Approving of the World

Bertolt Brecht

Henning Wagenbreth (Illustrations)

“Since poverty and baseness leave me cold
My pen falls silent; times are on the move.
Yet all that’s dirtiest in your dirty world Includes, I know, the fact that I approve."

Brecht wrote this Ballad in 1932. It is an ironical and lucid denunciation against bourgeois domination and the different social strata: politicians, military men, judges, policemen
and intellectuals supporting that domination.

Moreover, its perceptive text aims at shaking a society that was going to give power to those who “are about to slit humanity’s throat”.  

155 x 155 mm; 40 pgs. Hardback with dust jacket.

The legend of the Holy Drinker

Joseph Roth

Pablo Auladell (Illustrations)

“So they bring our poor Andreas into the vestry, and unfortunately he’s no
longer capable of speech, all he can do is reach for the left inside pocket of his
jacket where he has the money he owes the little creditress, and he says:
‘Miss Thérèse!’ - and he sighs once, and he dies. May God grant us all, all of us drinkers, such a good and easy death!"

The Legend of the Holy Drinker, a novella by Joseph Roth, was published in 1939, shortly after the author’s death. It tells the story of Andreas Kartak, an alcoholic vagrant of Polish origin, who one day receives the generous gift of two hundred francs from a stranger. 

Upon Andreas’ refusal, the stranger insists, telling him that if he wants to return the money later on, he must offer it to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, whose statuette stands in the chapelof the Sainte Marie de Batignolles church. Andreas promises to keep his word, but his journey to the church is constantly diverted by old friends, unexpected encounters, and glasses of absinthe.

165 x 240 mm.; 72 pgs. Hardback with Jacket

Lord of the Flies

William Golding

Jorge González (Illlustrations)

"Here, struck down by the heat, the sow fell and the hunters hurled themselves at her. This dreadful eruption from an unknown world made her frantic; she squealed and bucked and the air was full of sweat and noise and blood and terror."

Published in 1954, Lord of the Flies is the first and most important novel of the British author William Golding. A group of boys, the sole survivors of a plane accident, are forced to survive on a desert island. A disturbing moral fable that exposes its characters to situations of extreme isolation, both psychological and spiritual. Bit by bit the bous stop obeying the conventions of civilization, leading to a turbulent and cruel confrontation, and an inevitable distressing and uneasy end.

Lord of the Flies is a truly dreadful allegory; a masterpiece. 

180 x 265 mm; 269 pgs.; Hardback with Jacket.

Report on the Blind

Ernesto Sabato

Luis Scafati (Illustrations)

"Oh gods of the night! Oh gods of darkness, of incest and crime, melancholy and suicide! Oh gods of rats and caverns, of bats and cockroaches! Oh violent and inscrutable gods of dreams and deaths!"

From the confined world of a mad man, the details of a systematized delirium are described with a forewarned tragic ending: "When did this begin which shall now end with my murder?"

Published in 1961 in the novel On heroes and tombs, a classic Latin American literature. In Report on the Blind, Ernesto Sabato created a version of Hell, where the reader dares to abandon all hope, were there will be no redemption. Luis Scafati masterfully illustrates the details of this dark labyrinth in black and white.

180 x 265; 224 pgs. Hardback with jacket.


Italo Calvino

Alessandro Sanna (Illustrations)

"Bending to tie his shoes, he took a better look: they ere mushrooms, real mushrooms, sprouting right in the heart of the city! To Marcovaldo the gray and wretched world surrounding him seemed suddenly generous with hidden riches; something could still be expected of life, beyond the hourly wage of gis stipulated salary, with inflation index, family grant, and cost-of-living allowance.

Written in 1963, Marcovaldo, or the Seasons in the City, is a series of modern fables of notable clarity whose protagonist, a melancholy workman, comes to life through the ilustrations by the renowned Italian artist Alessandro Sanna.

"In the midst of a city of cement and asphalt, Marcovaldo goes in sear of Nature. But, does Nature still exist? What he finds is a Nature that is disdainful, malformed, committed to artificial life. A book for children? For youth? For adults? Or rather a book in which the author expresses his how relationship, perplexed and arrogant, with the world?"
Italo Calvino

165 x 240 mm; 192 pgs. Hardback with jacket.

May 14, 2013

Pop. 1280

Jim Thompson

 Jordi Bernet (Illustrations)

«“The second thing I'm gonna do,” I said, “is somethin’ I should have done long ago. I’m gonna give you both barrels of this shotgun right in your stupid, stinking guts.” And I did it. It didn't quite kill him, although he was dying fast.»

Nick Corey is the sheriff of Potts County, a town in the American south where some one thousand two hundred and eighty souls scrape by. Nick reveals himself to be cowardly and lazy: he is an immoral man who harbors no regrets, and raised in a backward, racist, and misogynistic environment, he acts with cruelty and perversity, and will let others take the blame for his crimes.

A masterpiece, Pop. 1280 encapsulates Jim Thompson’s vision of power and its corruption of society. The images from the celebrated artist Jordi Bernet, as powerful as they are suggestive, immortalize a work that is unique in its genre.

See the author's biography (in Spanish)
See the illustrator's biography (in Spanish)

18 x 26,5 cm; 224 pp. Hardback with jackets | ISBN: 978-84-941041-2-1

Rabbit Hunt

Mario Levrero

Sonia Pulido (Illustrations)

«We went on a rabbit hunt. It was a well-organized expedition led by an idiot. We had red hats. And shotguns, daggers, machine-guns, cannons and tanks. Others were empty-handed. Laura was naked. Once in the huge forest, the idiot raised his hand and gave the order to disperse. We had a full plan. All the details had been anticipated. There were lone hunters, and there were groups of two, three or fifteen. Altogether we were many, and nobody planned to follow the orders.»

A masterpiece of Uruguayan writer Mario Levrero, who has become an essential benchmark in present-day Latin American literature. The pictures of the prestigious Catalan artist Sonia Pulido make a great trap, devised by rabbits to catch men once and for all, out of this disturbing surrealist hunt.

«A style and imagination such as Levrero’s are uncommon in literature written in Spanish». Antonio Muñoz Molina

18 x 26,5 cm, 164 pp, Hardback with jackets, ISBN: 978-84-96509-29-0 

February 6, 2012

Helena's Dreams

Eduardo Galeano

Isidro Ferrer (Illustrations)

«Sleeping, she saw us. Helena dreamt that we were queuing in an airport the same as all airports and we were made to pass, through a machine, our pillows. In each pillow, the pillow from last night, the machine read the dreams. It was a dangerous dream detecting machine for the safety of the general public.»

Throughout his life, Eduardo Galeano has been transcribing his wife's dreams. This book brings Helena's dreams together for the first time in the form of a story. Friends, strangers, journeys, exiles and reunions are intertwined through an itinerary of adventures.

Isidro Ferrer has been able to interpret, through exquisite sculptures, all the beauty of these stories dreamt for dreamers of any age.

165 x 240 mm, 64 pp, Hardback with Jacket
ISBN: 978–84–92412–96–9

See the author's biography (in Spanish)
See the illustrator's biography (in Spanish)

Knock Out

Jack London

Enrique Breccia (Illustrations)

«"You're yellow! You're yellow!" "Open up, you cur! Open up!" Kill'm, Danny! Kill'm!" "You sure got 'm! Kill'm!»

Written between 1905 and 1911, the stories collected in Knock Out include A Piece of Steak, The Mexican, and The Game. Three boxing stories, three fascinating tales whose intensity grows page after page until perfection. Jack London and three memorable fights, with the epic character typical of his literature.

Enrique Breccia, one of the great contemporary illustrators, has drawn twenty black and white prints that confer a powerful realism to each of these adventures, packed with excitement and courage. Pages where the images and the stories attract our attention, eventually transforming it into pure excitement.

165 x 240 mm, 132 pp, Hardback with Jacket
ISBN: 978-84-92412-94-5

See the illustrator's biography

October 27, 2011

National Prize

for Publishing

We are delighted to share this wonderful news with you. Today we have been awarded with the National Prize for Publishing 2011 by the Spanish Ministry of Culture.

August 26, 2011

The Monk and the Hangman's Daughter

Ambrose Bierce

Santiago Caruso (Illustrations)

«LORD, Savior of my soul, whither hast Thou led me? Here am I in the culprit's tower, a condemned murderer, and tomorrow at sunrise I shall be taken to the gallows and hanged! For whoso slays a fellow being, he shall be slain; that is the law of God and man.»

In 1680, the monastery of Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps was the setting for the ill-fated love between a young Franciscan and the daughter of an executioner. Two centuries later, Ambrose Bierce interpreted the sinister details of the legend giving rise to what would be his only novel. Guilt, terror and destruction are the basis of his tragedy.

The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter is one of the highest exponents of Gothic literature - and even more so of American. Santiago Caruso’s images depict accurately the intrigue in these pages, lighting up the dark beauty encoded in its pages.

16,5 x 24 cm, 140 pp,Hardback with Jacket
ISBN: 978-84-92412-47-1

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November 22, 2010

The Diaries of Adam and Eve

Mark Twain

Francisco Meléndez (illustrations)

Written in a very humorous style, The Diaries of Adam and Eve prevails as one of Mark Twain’s greatest works. Through the personal story of the first inhabitants of Paradise, we witness their encounters, disagreements and accidents with unexpected surprise, the consequences of which are still regretted today.

Francisco Meléndez, a master of contemporary illustration, has depicted with great talent the Edenic couple in their thoughts and feelings, providing the story with pages of exquisite prints.

Adam’s Diary:

«This new creature with the long hair is a good deal in the way. It is always hanging around and following me about. I don't like this; I am not used to company. I wish it would stay with the other animals... Cloudy today, wind in the east; think we shall have rain... WE? Where did I get that word-- the new creature uses it.»

140 x 210 mm; 112 pp. Hardback
ISBN: 978-84-92412-68-6

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