We are pleased to announce that Indent Literary Agency will be representing all translation rights for Companhia das Letras Portugal.
Companhia das Letras Portugal is an imprint dedicated to Portuguese-language literature and literary non-fiction, property of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial Portugal. Created in 2015 in partnership with Brazilian publishing veteran Companhia das Letras, its Portuguese catalogue includes authors like Afonso Cruz, Alexandra Lucas Coelho, Isabel Lucas João Tordo, Possidónio Cachapa and Ricardo Adolfo, with many new authors promised for the upcoming years. In its catalogue, Brazilian literature is represented by some of the most important contemporary Brazilian authors - Chico Buarque, Fernanda Torres, Julian Fuks, Milton Hatoum, Raduan Nassar, Reinaldo Moraes, Sérgio Rodrigues – alongside contemporary classics such as Vinicius de Moraes and Carlos Drummond de Andrade.
Prémio Camões, Prémio Literário José Saramago, Prémio Jabuti, Prémio Portugal Telecom de Literatura, Prémio APE (Portuguese Writers Association), Prémio Fernando Namora, Prémio Autores SPA, Prémio Camilo Castelo Branco, European Union Literature Prize are just a few of the numerous prizes received by our authors.
Among the authors of which Companhia das Letras Portugal holds translation rights, are Alexandra Lucas Coelho, Isabel Lucas and Possidónio Cachapa.
The first title we will be representing on behalf of Companhia das Letras Portugal is
JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THE AMERICAN DREAM: AMERICA BY THE BOOK
NOVEL | June 2017 | 384 pages
"This is a piece of great literature which deserves to be widely read and receive prizes." —Vasco Rosa, Observador
WHAT IS AMERICA?
In a journey through the country that is still viewed as the center of the world, Isabel Lucas, one of Portugal's most prestigious cultural journalists, surveys the soul of America, its myths, its paradoxes, fears and frailties, as well as its greatness and ability to reinvent itself. Her journey started in New York City in March 2016 and went on for more than 60,000 miles. She visited the big cities and also small town in the country's more rural states, she roamed through the mountains of Idaho and the vastness of Alaska, she scorched under the Texan sun, she talked with people from all walks of life, she was able to catch a glimpse of the many Americas that coexist in America. Yet her point of departure for that journey wasn’t really just New York City: it was literature—that sacred territory where there is still room to question, deconstruct, reimagine. With each chapter centered around important works of the American canon that explore the country's geographies —the New Bedford of Moby Dick, Philip Roth’s Newark, Cormac McCarthy’s Texas, Toni Morison’s South. Through these and many other places—both real and imagined—she found a country that is sometimes afraid of looking itself in the eye, and a country that wants to look deep inside, purge itself of its evils and move forward. She discovered an America that shuts itself down before the unknown as well as another America that embraces that its richness lies in its diversity.
A mix of reportage, travelogue and literary essay, this is also, inevitably, a journey through the streets of America, its people, its outcasts, its anonymous voices and, again, its myths, among them the founding dream of America as a land of opportunity. What is the American Dream, after all? Is it the dream of one nation or the dream of an entire world?
ISABEL LUCAS’ journey started in March 2016, as the Primaries were taking place and ended five months later after the surprising election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. While not the focus of the work, Journey to the Heart of the American Dream is, inevitably, a close reflection on that particular period, a sort of barometer of the reaction of common people to that seismic event.
Each chapter departs from a well-known work of literature —some less canonic than others— to explore the geography of the author and its oeuvre and what both reveal about the bigger picture of the country and its identity. These essays are interspersed with brief travelogues with more personal impressions from the author, vivid texts that bring to the page real life in the streets of America. Cormac McCarthy, David Foster Wallace, Donald Ray Pollock, Edith Wharton, Gore Vidal, Herman Melville, Junot Diaz, Louise Erdrich, Marilynne Robinson, Philip Roth, Richard Ford, Saul Bellow, Toni Morrison are the authors that serve as starting points for each chapter.
"It deserves on all levels to figure as one of the best and most original pieces of travel writing of the past years." —António Araújo, Público
"This book is a real feast for the reader. Journey to the Heart of the American Dream is one of the great non‑fiction books of the year, a triumph of journalism and literature." —Pedro Miguel Silva, Deusmelivro
"In this most intimate journey we find an adventure of very personal writing, both humane and intellectual." — José Mário Silva, Expresso
"Isabel Lucas has written excellent pieces on American literature and its authors. This Journey to the Heart of the American Dream is a delight." —Francisco José Viegas, Correio da Manhã
"Isabel Lucas masterfully combines literary reportage with a personal touch, and in doing so comes close to writing literature herself." —Revista Intro
Please, do not hesitate to request the original PDF —an English sample translation is also available. Additionally, you can find information on translation grants from the Portuguese Government by clicking here.
We are thrilled to welcome Argentine author Camila Fabbri to the agency. In December 2016 Camila was selected by the Guadalajara Book Fair as one of the 20 best Latin American authors born in the 80s. She is undoubtedly one of Argentina's most promising and original voices and we are beyond happy to count her among her authors. Camila's most recent book, Los accidentes, was recently published by Emecé in Argentina.
For more information on Camila Fabbri click here.
We are happy to announce that we have started representing translation rights to the works of extraordinary Colombian author Juan Cárdenas, on behalf of his publisher Editorial Periférica. Named earlier this year by the Hay Festival in Bogotá as one of the best Latin American authors under 39, he is undoubtedly one of the continent's rising stars.
For more information on Juan Cárdenas and his work, click here.
Patricio Pron reviews Alejandra's superb collection of short stories, IMPOSIBLE SALIR DE LA TIERRA in El Boomeran(g), calling it "Possibly the author's best book to date and one of the most extraordinary short story volumes to have been written by an author of her generation."
For more information on Imposible salir de la Tierra, click here.
Coming soon to bookstores in the US: Diego Zúñiga's beautiful, heartbreaking and brilliant novel: Camanchaca.
A long drive across Chile's Atacama Desert, traversing the "worn-out puzzle" of a broken family—a young man's corrosive intimacy with his mother, the obtrusive cheer of his absentee father, his uncle's unexplained death. The camanchaca is a low fog pushing in from the sea, its moisture sustaining near-barren landscape. Sometimes, the silences are what bind us.
"An unexpected voice, a new landscape—a sober, risky, unsettling, and surprising book." —Alejandro Zambra
"The amiable placidity of Camanchaca's young narrator attests to a safeguarding remoteness that cannot quite suppress a terrible mounting compulsion to confront his family's past and be released from its burden of secrets. Diligent but lacking the capacity to form judgements, distressed yet detached, I don't think I've come across a more evocative depiction of the painstaking transition from adolescence into the adult world." —Claire-Louise Bennet
"Diego Zúñiga is the author of an extraordinary first novel. Camanchaca is written with austerity and a laconic and fragmented style that is like the shreds of fog through which we are able to catch glimpses of the landscape." —Patricio Pron
"The past converges with the present in this startling debut by Diego Zúñiga. A young man, uncertain in life, penetrates his family's dysfunctional past during a road trip across the Chilean desert. Taut and fragmented, brilliant and brave, Camanchaca perfectly captures the difficult transition from young man to adult. A small diamond of a novel that once again proves literature can break your heart and infuse the spirit at the same time." —Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore
Óscar Martínez is the co-founder, coordinator, and reporter for "Sala Negra" (Black Room), the investigative unit that covers gang violence for Central America's first online-only newsmagazineEl Faro (The Lighthouse).
After working as a freelance reporter in Mexico, Martínez joined El Faro in 2008 to help carry out an in-depth investigation of Central American migration across Mexico. For two and a half years, he followed migrants as they traveled north and documented the abuses they suffered, including mass kidnappings, rape, human trafficking, and massacres. The reporting project, first featured on El Faro's website under the name El Camino (The Road), was eventually published as a book in 2013 under the title The Beast, the nickname for a network of freight trains that crosses Mexico. Migrants often cling to the back of these trains as they make their way through some of the most lawless and violent towns in Mexico.
In 2011, Martínez co-founded "Sala Negra," which quickly gained a reputation for conducting hard-hitting investigations into extrajudicial killings by police, one of the most taboo subjects in El Salvador. He told CPJ that with the high level of violence in El Salvador, many people see criticism of the police as siding with the gangs. In August 2015, Martínez and a colleague were forced to leave the country for three weeks after receiving repeated death threats for an investigation into the murder of eight alleged gang members by the police.
Martínez has a special security system including panic buttons at his house, and he has said that he worries about taking his 3-year-old daughter to public parks. Still, he told CPJ, "I don't think we've suffered yet even 1 percent of what those who we write about suffer."
CPJ has documented threats against El Faro, including in 2012 after the newspaper published an article describing an organized crime network in the northeast part of the country. A few months after the story ran, the website's staff members reported being followed and photographed by unidentified persons. The founder and director of El Faro, Carlos Dada, told CPJ at the time that he suspected police were following the staff to identify sources mentioned in the article. The minister of security, retired Gen. David Munguía Payés, told CPJ he had no knowledge of anyone following El Faro staff members and that no such order had come from any government office.
Martínez won the Fernando Benítez National Journalism Prize in Mexico in 2008 and Human Rights Prize at the José Simeón Cañas Central American University in El Salvador the following year. He won the WOLA-Duke Book Award for The Beast in 2014. His second book, called A History of Violence, was released in March 2016. In July 2016, Martínez was also awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Prize, which honors journalists for their outstanding coverage of the Americas.
We're now in the beautiful Flatiron district, in the heart of Manhattan.
New mailing address: 1123 Broadway, Suite 716, New York, NY 10010
By all appearances, Guillermo Rosensweig is the epitome of success. He is a member of the Guatemalan elite, runs a successful law practice, has a wife and kids and a string of gorgeous lovers. Then one day he crosses paths with Maryam, a Lebanese beauty with whom he falls desperately in love . . . to the point that when he loses her, he sees no other option than to orchestrate his own death.
The Mastermind is based on the bizarre real-life story of Rodrigo Rosenberg, a Guatemalan attorney who, in 2009, planned his own assassination after leaving behind a video accusing Guatemalan president Álvaro Colom of his murder. (In April 2011, the New Yorker published an article by David Grann about Rosenberg which has been optioned by Matt Damon for his directorial debut.) This is a fascinating depiction of modern-day Guatemala and the corrupt, criminal, and threatening reality that permeates its society.
Buy your copy today!
Alberto's latest novel, Sudor hits bookstores tomorrow!
Wildly piercing and corrosively funny, Sudor (Sweat) is an editor’s raw look at the absurd and oftentimes dysfunctional inner workings of the literary world. When his run-of the mill existence is suddenly turned upside down by the arrival of a famous author and his spoiled, defiant son, Alf, a junior editor at a large publishing house, embarks on a whirlwind three days that will change his life forever.
Taking a page from Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities, Sweat is piercing look at the mad circus that are author book tours—lavish parties, larger-than-life expectations, explosive egos and a whole industry that subsists on catering to the intellectual elite. The author of Bad Vibes, a novel that pulverized every boundary of the post-Pinochet era plungers readers head first into the gay underworld where feelings are relegated to a second tier in favor of a series of ephemeral and extreme sexual encounters courtesy of Grindr, the popular app that Alf, the novel’s protagonist, uses just as often as his authors use him. Meanwhile Santiago, the city where is all unfolds, emerges as a rare and alluring presence. A masterfully crafted and electrifying novel, Sudor confirms Fuguet as one of the most relevant voices in Latin America today.
Two new covers for Eduardo Halfon: DTV's German edition of THE POLISH BOXER and The Massachusetts Review's cover for TOMORROW WE NEVER DID TALK ABOUT IT.
Fearless, Border-Crossing Journalists Expose Corruption at the Highest Levels: Lydia Cacho (Mexico) and Jeremy Scahill (USA) Win Human Rights Award
New York—On Saturday, May 7, 2016, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) will present the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism to journalists Lydia Cacho and Jeremy Scahill. One of the largest monetary awards for human rights in the world, this $100,000 cash prize is granted annually by ALBA and the Puffin Foundation to honor the International Brigades and connect their inspiring legacy with contemporary causes.
“Cacho and Scahill both shine as rare examples of investigative journalists who place human rights at the center of their work,” said ALBA board member and 2012 award recipient Kate Doyle. “Their reporting not only affects government policies, but seeks to champion and protect the lives of the world’s most vulnerable citizens. ALBA is proud to honor them.”
Working on both sides of the volatile Mexico-United States border, Lydia Cacho and Jeremy Scahill have dedicated their careers to exposing the corruption, violence and abuse of power which go routinely unchallenged in the mainstream media. Cacho’s and Scahill’s work exemplifies the intersections of expository reporting and human rights activism. Their commitment to breaking the most profound silences has prompted investigations into the United States’ shadow wars across the Middle East and Africa as well as Mexican authorities’ use of censorship, torture and corruption.
Part of an initiative designed to sustain the legacy of the experiences, aspirations and idealism of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism supports current international activists and human rights causes. The Award was created by philanthropist and visionary Perry Rosenstein, President of the Puffin Foundation, which in 2010 established an endowed fund for the award.
"This award recognizes and encourages individuals or groups whose work has a positive impact on the advancement and/or defense of human rights. Jeremy Scahill and Lydia Cacho have courageously used their investigative journalism to expose reactionary forces and the information they wish to conceal," Rosenstein said.
Award Ceremony – Saturday, May 7th at 2:30pm
333 East 47th St.
New York, NY 10017
The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives: www.alba-valb.org
The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) is an educational non-profit dedicated to promoting social activism and the defense of human rights. ALBA’s work is inspired by the American volunteers of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade who fought fascism in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). Drawing on the ALBA collections in New York University’s Tamiment Library, and working to expand such collections, ALBA works to preserve the legacy of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade as an inspiration for present and future generations.
Other recipients of the ALBA/ Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism include Judge Baltasar Garzón, Kate Doyle and Fredy Peccerelli, who work to expose human rights violations in Guatemala, United We Dream, a national network of youth-led immigrant activist organizations that fight for the rights of millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States, public-interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson, and the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory in Spain.
The Puffin Foundation: www.puffinfoundation.org
Since it was founded in 1983, the Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy. The Puffin, a species whose nesting sites were endangered by encroaching civilization, were encouraged to return to their native habitats through the constructive efforts of a concerned citizenry. The Foundation has adopted the name Puffin as a metaphor for how it perceives its mission, which is to ensure that the arts continue to grow and enrich our lives. In so doing it has joined with other concerned groups and individuals toward achieving that goal. The Puffin Foundation is also a long-standing supporter of ALBA’s educational mission.
Lydia Cacho is a Mexican award-winning journalist, author and human rights activist specializing in women and children’s rights. Her numerous bestselling books and articles have exposed organized crime, corruption, cultures of violence and government impunity. Her most recent book In Search of Kayla (En Busca de Kayla) is an illustrated short story to teach children about the power they have over their own safety on the internet and how to tackle human trafficking. She has been incarcerated, brutally tortured and threatened by corrupt officials for her work; nevertheless, she has become a leader of the freedom of expression and human rights movement in Mexico. She has been awarded the Amnesty International Ginetta Sagan Award for Women and Children's Rights, the Hrant Dink Award and the Civil Courage Prize of the Train Foundation, among other honors.
Jeremy Scahill, one of the three founding editors of The Intercept, is an investigative reporter, war correspondent, and author of the international bestselling books Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield and Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. He has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, the former Yugoslavia, and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill’s work has sparked several congressional investigations and won some of journalism’s highest honors. He was twice awarded the prestigious George Polk Award, in 1998 for foreign reporting and in 2008 for Blackwater. Scahill is a producer and writer of the award-winning film Dirty Wars, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award.
This is a book about one of the deadliest places in the world
El Salvador and Honduras have had the highest homicide rates in the world over the past ten years, with Guatemala close behind. Every day more than 1,000 people—men, women, and children—flee these three countries for North America. Óscar Martínez, author of The Beast, named one of the best books of the year by the Economist, Mother Jones, and the Financial Times, fleshes out these stark figures with true stories, producing a jarringly beautiful and immersive account of life in deadly locations.
Martínez travels to Nicaraguan fishing towns, southern Mexican brothels where Central American women are trafficked, isolated Guatemalan jungle villages, and crime-ridden Salvadoran slums. With his precise and empathetic reporting, he explores the underbelly of these troubled places. He goes undercover to drink with narcos, accompanies police patrols, rides in trafficking boats and hides out with a gang informer. The result is an unforgettable portrait of a region of fear and a subtle analysis of the North American roots and reach of the crisis, helping to explain why this history of violence should matter to all of us.
One of duopress's most recent titles, Messi: Superstar, that will be soon available in bookstores in the USA, has just been sold for publication in Spanish in Argentina, Mexico, Spain and the USA. Messi: Superstar is a creative middle-grade biography told through facts and fun graphics that describes the life and career of the World's greatest soccer player. We are very enthusiastic about this news!