We are happy to announce the deal for Italian rights of 'Bienvenidos a Welcome', by Laura Fernández, a delirious fable about society. The novel, published in Spanish in 2008, will be released in Italy by Atmosphere Libri, publishers amongst others of authors such as Belén Gopegui, Andrés Barba, Martín Casariego or Manuel de Pedrolo.
"As in a fight between Aristophanes and Elmer, from The Muppets, the absurdity has finally triumphed. If Alfred Jarry was brought back to life, he would live in Welcome". La Razón.
"Laura Fernández, our particular Brautigan, has taken a yet undiscovered pill. Have no qualms about testing it. It gives you (...) lots of laughs and no hangover" Philipp Engel, Fotogramas.
Welcome. A future world. Full of shopping malls, residential estates and big Stars.
A place where politics, journalism and any other event of public life runs like a TV Show. But reality (a striking one indeed) is about to burst onto this happy world. An unidentified flying object has just crashed into one of Welcome’s shopping centres. Thousands might be dead…
The city’s main newspaper (The Welcome Times), magazine (Nasty Tongues) and TV (Welcome TV), set off to cover the news and compete between themselves. Is it all about a new advertising campaign? Is it a new sit-com? Is the mayor facing a revolt? Is it that Rondy Rondy, the mythical disappeared author, has come back? Or is it really a true UFO driven by a fury alien?
In any case, you are about to find out about everything and, in the process, you will meet the intrepid journalist Lu Ken, the dwarf mayor Claudio Arden, the only survivor of the accident, Sarah Du, the great diva Anita Velasco, the candidate to the Welcomitzer award Clark Roth and many others… and you arrive in the best moment because, after this accident, Welcome (the genuine and only centre of the future civilized world) will never be the same. You are warned.
Laura Fernández (Terrassa, 1981) is a freelance journalist. She’s now a contributor to El Mundo, Qué Leer, Mondo Sonoro and Go-Mag. Before this she worked in other media and in TV. She’s also the author of Dos y dos son cinco (Two plus Two are Five), published by Basarai.
In 2011 Seix Barral will publish her new novel: 'Wendolin Kramer'.
Read a Spanish review about 'Bienvenidos a Welcome' (here)