Thirteen novels from Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Spain and Uruguay make up the 2024 literature collection ‘The Map of Languages’ which, with simultaneous launches in Spain and Latin America, wants to bet on the internationalization of the best literature from 21 countries that share the Spanish language.
The collection of Latin American literature for next year was presented this Tuesday in a telematic press conference by the editorial director of Alfaguara and Random House, Pilar Reyes, along with the thirteen authors selected for this edition.
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Starting from a unique list of 13 authors who had relevance and recognition in their countries of origin in 2023, the ‘Map of Languages’ project establishes a simultaneous publication date, a common strategy and graphics, and coordinated work of promotion among all the publishers that join forces from the local level to place these authors on “the map” internationally.
According to Reyes, the novels in this edition have a strong female presence, with authors mostly born in the 1980s and show as a “common territory” a union with the plastic arts and the audiovisual world.
The 2024 collection will begin in February with ‘Land of Champions’, by Chilean Diego Zúñiga and later by the Spanish Mar García Puig with ‘The History of Vertebrates’ and the Chilean Ariel Florencia Richards with ‘Inacabada’, in March.
In April, the Mexican author Gisela Leal will arrive with her novel ‘Solitude in Three Acts’, and the Colombian Gloria Susana Esquivel, with ‘Contradeseo’.
For her part, Argentine Marie Gouric will publish ‘That Time We Had by Heart’ and Laura Ferrero’s novel ‘The Astronauts’ will be included, both in May.
From the Peruvian Rodrigo Murillo the collection selected for June ‘You will not judge’ and from the Colombian Gilmer, ‘Aranjuez’.
The Mexican Hiram Ruvalcaba with ‘Every Town is a Scar’, the Argentine Iván Hochman with ‘Por qué te vas’, the Peruvian Rosario Yori with ‘Infértil’ and the Uruguayan Diego Recoba with ‘El cielo visible’ complete the collection in the following months of the next year.
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The Map of Languages was inaugurated in 2015 in Spain with the aim of making Spanish readers aware of Latin American talent, and between 2016 and 2017, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Mexico joined this project, creating each of They created a local catalogue, in which they incorporated literary voices from the rest of the territories, and later Peru and the United States also joined.