dimecres, 24 de juliol de 2013

Suma (Spain) acquires rights of “La Primavera del Mal” (Spring of Evil), by FG Haghenbeck

Suma (Spain) acquires rights of “La Primavera del Mal” (Spring of Evil), by FG Haghenbeck 

 First published in July 2013 in México by Editorial Suma México as their Leading Title for the Summer 2013 

We are glad to announce that shortly after its successful publication in México, Suma in Spain has also acquired rights to publish this family saga inspired by the origins of drug trafficking between USA and México. Following the ups and downs of a powerful Mexican familiy, an American Narcotics Bureau officer and a beautiful young actress, Haghenbeck presents a hooking epic of love, treason, corruption, revenge and bussiness that the Mexican Media has described as ‘The Mexican Goodfather’. 

Mexican edition of 'La primavera del mal'
 At the beginning of the last century the Chinese community established in Mexico controlled the bussiness of drug dealing and traffiking in the main Mexican cities and in the whole border with the US. But with the outcome of the Mexican revolution and the new political scenario this supremacy will soon be disputed by the Generals who fouhgt the revolution and are now governors of the northern Mexican States. The war to control the bussiness of Opium and Marihuana, the most ludricous bussiness in the world, has just begun... 

 During these tumultuous years a revolutionary colonel, Benito Guadalupe Serrano, is very aware of the economic potential of drug dealing and starts to organise a plan to become a big fish in the bussiness. He begins offering protection to the traffikers and joins efforts with dark charcaters such as the Governor Maximino Ávila Camacho or the gangster Lucky Luciano. The colonel is helped by his son Bernardo and his son-in-law Raúl Duval, a clever and handsome young man who is determined to rise in the bussiness. Raul is involved in a love triangle that will bring him many headaches. 

Raúl and Jimmy O. Ball are in love with the same woman, the beautiful singer and actress Carmela del Toro. Jimmy is an agent of the Narcotics Bureau of the US Government, ruled by the allmighty Harry Anslinger. 

 Between treasons, alliances, revenges and deaths the reader will witness the evolution of this bussiness during the decades between the 30s and 60s. From the first outbursts of violence to control the main cities to the establishment of a fully coordinated organisation linked to high spheres of power, from the intense debates about legalisation of Marihuana to the disclosure of dark interests behind its prohibition and the secret links and agreements between the mafia and the Governments of Mexico and the United States. 

 Based on actual facts and intense research, some of the real characters portrayed in La primavera del mal are: Maximino Ávila Camacho, Manuel Ávila Camacho, Bugsy Siegel, Virginia Hill, Lucky Luciano, Lupe Vélez or Harry Anslinger. 

La primavera del mal is a fictionalised but faithful account of the beginning of drug traffiking between Mexico and the USA, the real and rough story of this problem, narrated in an intense and thrilling epic.  

Watch the video trailer of the novel (here)

F.G. Haghenbeck (Mexico, 1965) is the author of acclaimed novels, amongst which The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo, Trago amargo and El caso Tequila. His novels have been translated into languages such as English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Hungarian or Portuguese.

dijous, 18 de juliol de 2013

Jota Publishers acquire Czech Rights of 'El restaurador de arte', by Julián Sánchez

We are glad to announce that publishing house Jota has acquired Czech Rights of Julián Sánchez's new novel.

El restaurador de Arte’, by Julián Sánchez takes us back to his best-seller 'El anticuario' as in this new novel we find some of the main characters of the previous one. 

 ‘El anticuario’ was Julián Sánchez’s first novel, published in Spanish by RocaEditorial, and rights were sold up to 12 languages: Querido/Q (The Netherlands), Limes Verlag/RH Group (Germany), Einaudi/Stile Libero (Italy), Livanis (Greece), AST (Russia), Swiat Ksiazki (Poland), Jota (Czech Republic), Record (Brazil), Pantagruel (Norway), Shanghai Translation (China), Editura All (Romania), Barcelona e-Books (English). 

 A murder. A mystery hidden in the work of the painter Sert. 
A secret that travels between America and Europe... 

 Enrique, the main character of 'El anticuario', has moved to live in NY. His career as writer goes well and he has also begun to work as a script writer for Hollywood. When he receives news from his ex-wife, Betty, he can’t imagine that he is about to become the protagonist of another dangerous mystery.

 Enrique is asked to travel to San Sebastián to the opening of a new Art Museum, for which Betty works as PR. After a beautiful evening, the corpse of a dead man appears on the shore of the famous Concha Beach and some days afterwards Enrique and Betty learn that this dead man turns out to be an American specialist in art conservation and restoration, who was already retired and was spending some time in San Sebastián studying the paintings by Sert that can be seen in a church very close to the new museum. 

 Josep Maria Sert (1874–1945) was a Catalan muralist, and friend of Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and other famous artists of his time. He developed his career in Paris and the USA, and was particularly known for his grisaille style, often in gold and black. His best-known public murals are in the Hôtel de Ville in Paris, the League of Nations in Geneva and, in New York, at the Waldorf-Astoria and at the Rockefeller Center, where his “American Progress” replaced Diego Rivera’s controversial homage to Lenin. 

 The novel’s plot will take the reader from Spain to New York, stopping in Paris; It will shift between past and present to reveal us the personality of Sert and a mystery, hidden in his work, that until now only the dead man seemed to know... 

'American Progress' by Sert (Rockefeller Centre, NY)

 Praise for ‘El Anticuario’:

 * “Sánchez prefaces this compelling novel with the assertion that some of the events described are real, which, combined with Sánchez’s fine writing, lends this book a delicious plausibility. (...) This latest addition to the Da Vinci Code readalikes is in many ways superior to it.” - Library Journal (USA) 

 * “A really thrilling mystery.” - Alto Adige (Italy) * “A lesson of good writing” - La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno (Italy) 

 * “Excellent debut.” - Il Salvagente (Italy)

 * “With elements of thriller, adventure, historical novel, crime and drama Julián Sánchez presents us a perfect balance” - Serendipia (Spain) 

 * “A very amusing and entertaining novel, with all the ingredients to make us have a very good time” - Bitácora (Spain) 

 * “A mystery and adventure novel, pretty well written, which will not give us rest because the discoveries of the protagonist and the threats he faces will keep us hooked from beginning to end.” - Leer.com (Spain) 

 * “An exciting rythm, unexpected twists, enriching historical data, mysteries and enigmas related to the Kabalah and a jewel are the ingredients of an entertaining and amusing thriller.” - Me gustan los libros (Spain) 

 From Amazon.com customer’s reviews: 

 * “I liked very much, the plot, the mistery and also the historical knowledge (...) is a good book and you want to read to know who the killer is.” 

 * “Truly excellent read. I was intrigued from the beginning. As a self proclaimed bookworm, I love mysteries that center around the discovery of a book (...)'The Antiquarian' surprised me with its ease of read and continuity. This book will intrigue not only scholars and researchers, but book lovers in general. The mystery spans generations and involves some quirky, but very clever characters (...) compelling, much researched and intelligent story-telling.”

English cover of 'El anticuario'

dissabte, 13 de juliol de 2013

'Exposición de primavera' reseñada en El Cultural

Rafael Narbona, en el Cultural/El Mundo reseña ''Exposición de Primavera''. Primera novela editada en español del reconocido escritor húngaro György Spiró (publicada por Acantilado).

(Aquí) el enlace a la reseña íntegra. Y aquí abajo un fragmento de la misma:

 "Exposición de primavera es una obra esencial para conocer la historia de los países atrapados al otro lado del telón de acero. Spiró es un novelista de enorme talento que arma sus novelas con la precisión de un maestro relojero. No sé qué opina de la Hungría actual, que ha despertado la alarma de la comunidad internacional con una Constitución dudosamente democrática. Pocos se atreverán a cuestionar que la caída del telón de acero no significó el fin de la miseria, la injusticia y la arbitrariedad. Spiró no adoctrina. Se limita a certificar el fracaso de nuestra especie para alumbrar un modelo de sociedad basado en la convivencia pacífica y el respeto mutuo. " 

Rafael Narbona, El Cultural

Más información sobre la novela (aquí).