We are thrilled (to say the least) to announce that in early 2022, we will be publishing two volumes by Julio Cortázar.
Letters from Mom (Cartas de Mamá ) is one of Cortázar’s best known longer stories, originally part of the collection Las armas secretas, most of which was translated as part of the seminal Blow-Up and Other Stories. This will be our first collaboration with translator Magdalena Edwards, known for her work on Clarice Lispector, Pablo Neruda, and others.
Also in January, we will be publishing a single volume containing two brief books, Silvalandia and What the Mugwig Has to Say (Les Discours de Pince-Gueule), translated from the Spanish and French, respectively, by Chris Clarke (Modiano, Queneau, Schwob). Silvalandia pairs 15 short texts by Cortázar with 15 paintings by Silva, while What the Mugwig Has to Say features 17 drawings in red by Silva, illustrating 29 pages of text by Cortázar.
The combined volume of What the Mugwig Has to Say & Silvalandia will be released as both a full-color paperback (included for subscribers) as well as a hardcover in a limited-edition of 150 copies.
The artist Julio Silva was also born in Argentina, sixteen years after Cortázar (in 1930), and moved to France in 1955. He was best known as a sculptor, and his works can be found all over Paris. He designed the cover for the original Spanish edition of Rayuela (Hopscotch) and also for 62, Modelo para armar (62, A Model Kit). He also provided the photographs for Around the Day in Eighty Worlds. Cortázar called him “El patron”.
More details will be announced toward mid-year.