Charco Press is an award-winning Edinburgh-based publisher focused on bringing the best Latin American authors to English-speaking readers.
In just four years of publishing, Charco has had two finalists for the prestigious International Booker Prize, and has won Scottish Small Press of the Year at the British Book Awards twice, in 2019 and 2021. Their titles have been reviewed in The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, TLS and other major publications in the UK and internationally.
Charco's The Wind That Lays Waste by Selva Almada was the winner of the 2019 EIBF First Book Award, as voted for by the public.
With Cuba's economic Special Period as a backdrop, Julia sets out on an investigation to befriend two men who could help lead to the document's whereabouts, and must pick apart a tangled mystery of sex, family legacies and the intricacies of how people find ways to survive in a country at its lowest ebb.
In a single day, a journey across Buenos Aires reveals a daughter to her mother, a mother to herself, and the oppressive weight of received ideas to women connected by a fleeting encounter, twenty years before.
In a unique reformulation of history and literary tradition, Gabriela Cabezon Camara, with humour and sophistication, re-writes Martin Fierro from a feminist, LGBT, postcolonial point of view. She creates a hilarious novel that is nevertheless incisive in its criticism of the way societies come into being, and the way they venerate mythical heroes.
Sagasti narrates for us a thousand and one stories centre around music that take the reader from Bach to Gould, from Gould to the Beatles, from Sergeant Pepper to the music that was played in Nazi concentration camps, and so on.. But when do we end a story? When do we decide to sing the final lullaby?
The Wind That Lays Waste begins in the great pause before a storm. Reverend Pearson is evangelizing across the Argentinian countryside with Leni, his teenage daughter, when their car breaks down. This act of God or fate leads them to the workshop and home of an aging mechanic called Gringo Brauer and a young boy named Tapioca.
This is a story narrated from the point of view of a nine-year old girl, called Tamara, who takes in the intricacies of the survival strategies of the world she inherits, marked by poverty, unspeakable trauma, and inescapable scenarios.
The mountains of Argentina pulse with life in these disarming stories of people radically reinventing themselves--to find love and connection, to escape their pasts, to offer a way out of the banalities of sorrow and loss in the present.
An Orphan World is about poverty, and the resourceful ways in which people confront poverty. At the same time, it is a reflection about the body as a space of pleasure and violence. Perhaps above all else, An Orphan World is a brutally honest love letter between a father and son.
In a patch of dilapidated French countryside, a woman struggles with the demons of her multitudinous internal conflicts. Embracing exclusion, yet desiring to belong, craving freedom whilst feeling trapped, yearning for family life and simultaneously wanting to burn the entire facade down.
Immersed in their loneliness and existential confusion, the lives of three 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.
In Feebleminded, Harwicz drags us to the most uncomfortable and fascinating aspects of love, need and dependency, by analysing the dynamics between a mother and her adult daughter, both searching through their own past and present as they try to give meaning to their lives and relationship.
How do we even begin to narrate history? Using an eclectic array of influences and personalities from modern history, Sagasti teases out individual events, at first glance random and insignificant, and proceeds to masterfully weave them together, entertaining as he educates.
Uncomfortable family situations, unfortunate health conditions, people on the brink of survival - this is what each story in this collection captures, every ripple and every echo that travels from one person to another. Sometimes intimate struggles are as fragile as they are political, and there is nothing but time that keeps us going.
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