Gringa Reads

New Reads for March

New BooksZoe Perry3 Comments

New books for Spring from Companhia das Letras! This list includes a lot of newcomers, and I don't just mean to the publishing world — four out of the five are under 35. 

(counterclockwise from top left):

  • Maracanazo by Arthur Dapieve. A collection of short stories by Dapieve, a music and sports journalist and professor who has also written a couple of novels (one of which was translated to French). The title story was commissioned for the 2015 Paris Salon du Livre, and it was a finalist for the Jules Rimet prize for sports literature.
  • A Resistência (Resistance) by Julián Fuks. I've actually already read this one, but in PDF. It was one of my favorites from last year, so it was great to see how it turned out. This is a very strong, powerful novel.
  • A Realidade Devia Ser Proibida (Reality Should Be Banned) by Maria Clara Drummond, a journalist. This is her second novel.
  • Resta Um (Minus One/One Left) by Isabela Noronha. She received the Curtis Brown Prize for this novel while a student in the MA Creative Writing program at Brunel University London.
  • Gigantes (Giants) by Pedro Henrique Neschling, his first novel.

And, I recently received these two books in the mail, both published by Benvirá, (an imprint of Saraiva), both of which I'm excited about:

Bazar Paraná by Luis S. Krausz. This is the latest novel by the author of Deserto, winner of the Benvirá Prize and one of my favorites from last year. 

Onça Preta (Black Jaguar, or is that a panther?) by Lucrécia Zappi, a journalist, translator and writer. This is her first novel and, interestingly, Zappi wrote it in the MFA program at NYU. It was published in Spanish in 2014 at FIL. Born in Buenos Aires, and having spent her teenage years in Mexico City, she translated the book herself!