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Cristina Rivera Garza is the author of numerous works of poetry, fiction, and criticism. Recent publications in English translation include Grieving: Dispatches from a Wounded Country (translated by Sarah Booker and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award) and The Taiga Syndrome (translated by Aviva Kana and Suzanne Jill Levine and winner of the Shirley Jackson Award). Rivera Garza is Distinguished Professor and founder of the PhD Program in Creative Writing in Spanish at the University of Houston, Department of Hispanic Studies. In 2020, she was named a MacArthur Fellow in Fiction.

Sarah Booker is a literary translator and doctoral candidate in Hispanic Literature at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where she studies contemporary Latin American narrative and translation studies. Her translations include Cristina Rivera Garza’s The Iliac Crest and Grieving: Dispatches from a Wounded Country and Mónica Ojeda’s Jawbone.

Lisa Dillman translates primarily Spanish-language fiction and teaches at Emory University. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Best Translated Book Award and the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, and has been a National Book Award Finalist in Translated Literature.

Francisca González Arias is a professor of Spanish and a translator. In addition to English translations of Cristina Rivera Garza, Soledad Puértolas, and Emilia Pardo Bazán, she has also published Spanish translations of poems by Emily Dickinson.

Alex Ross’s published translations include short fiction by Mexican author Felipe Garrido and numerous books on art. His translation of Roberto Arlt’s play La Isla Desierta (The Desert Isle) won first prize at the 2009 Midwest Translation Festival in St. Paul, Minnesota, where it was performed. He lives in Brooklyn.

pages: 280

format: paperback original

isbn: 978-1-948980-09-8

publication date: April 5, 2022

New and Selected Stories

Cristina Rivera Garza

Translated by Sarah Booker w/ additional translations by Lisa Dillman, Fransisca González Arias, Alex Ross, and the author

“[A]n explosive writer yet to be fully accounted for in English.” —Lina Meruane

With an Introduction by the author.

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“One of Mexico’s greatest living writers,” wrote Jonathan Lethem in 2018 about Cristina Rivera Garza, “we are just barely beginning to catch up to what she has to offer.” In the years since, Rivera Garza’s work has received widespread recognition: she was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Grant for fiction that “interrogates culturally constructed notions of language, memory, and gender from a transnational perspective,” as well as the José Donoso Prize, and was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Yet we have still only started to discover the full range of a writer who is at once an incisive voice on migration, borders, and violence against women, as well as a high stylist in the manner of Lispector or Duras.

New and Selected Stories brings together in English translation stories from across Rivera Garza’s career, drawing from three collections spanning over 30 years and including new writing not yet published in Spanish. It is a unique and remarkable body of work, and a window into the ever-evolving stylistic and thematic development of one of the boldest, most original, and affecting writers in the world today.

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Read interviews with Cristina Rivera Garza at Asymptote and Literary Hub.

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Praise for The Taiga Syndrome:

“Innovative Mexican author Rivera Garza’s dazzling speculative noir novel is narrated by a woman hired to find a man’s missing second wife. . . . As she tracks the mysterious couple over snow-covered trails in the boreal forest, the universe becomes eerie and unpredictable. She encounters a feral boy, a ferocious wolf, earthy villagers and wild lumberjacks. Rivera Garza invokes Hansel and Gretel as she spins her marvellous, atmospheric tale.” —Jane Ciabattari, “The 10 Best Books of 2018” BBC.com

“This novel, in a translation by Levine and Kana, is taut, lyrical, and strange, and it fits right in with Dorothy, A Publishing Project’s commitment to work that challenges what genres and forms can do. Like the best speculative fiction, it follows the sinuous paths of its own logic but gives the reader plenty of room to play. Fans of fairy tales and detective stories, Kathryn Davis and Idra Novey, will all find something to love. An eerie, slippery gem of a book.”—Kirkus Reviews [starred review]

“As lyrical as a poem (‘Look at this: your knees. They are used for kneeling upon reality, also for crawling, terrified. You use them to sit on a lotus flower and say goodbye to the immensity’) and as fantastic as a fairy tale, Rivera Garza’s gorgeous, propulsive novel will haunt readers long after it’s finished.” —Publishers Weekly [starred review]

“A Lynchian noir from one of Mexico’s best novelists tracks a missing couple in a ravaged no-man’s-land, weaving a mystery out of fairy tales, disaster capitalism, and shadowy afflictions.” —Vulture

“Readers of this book will encounter one of the most fiercely original literary voices from Latin America.” —Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado, Los Angeles Review of Books

“This insanely creepy & brilliant book by the incomparable Cristina Rivera Garza will keep you awake at night. Garza is a master of atmosphere. A detective novel directed by David Lynch & narrated by Bolaño.” —Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore

“Wood, snow, blood: old stories. The witch in the forest, the breadcrumb trail, the grandmother-skinned wolf—everybody’s here, in this wild little book, breath steaming humid in the cold air.” —Sarah McCarry, Tor.com

“Rivera Garza belongs to the tradition of iconoclastic writers who question why our world has to be the way it is. This is the sort of powerful inquiry that often brings art to its most immersive, rewarding, and generative place. Read her books and explore your own taiga.” —Veronica Scott Esposito, Literary Hub

“Mystery, sci-fi, Socratic dialogue, retelling of ‘Hansel and Gretel’: The Taiga Syndrome is a delightful shape-shifter of a novel.” —Jonathan Woollen, Politics & Prose

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Proceed to the Route, 2018
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