Gabriela Alemán, Mauro Javier Cardenas, and Dick Cluster
Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

 

with special guests Mauro Javier Cardenas and Dick Cluster

celebrating the release of

Poso Wells

published by City Lights Books, translated by Dick Cluster

An ABA Summer/Fall 2018 Indies Introduce Selection & August 2018 Indie Next Pick

Celebrated Ecuadorian author Gabriela Alemán's first work to appear in English: a noir, feminist eco-thriller in which venally corrupt politicians and greedy land speculators finally get their just comeuppance!

Gabriela Alemán, based in Quito, Ecuador, has played professional basketball in Switzerland and Paraguay and has worked as a waitress, administrator, translator, radio scriptwriter, and film studies professor. She received a PhD at Tulane University and holds a Master's degree in Latin American Literature from Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar. Her literary honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006; member of Bogotá 39, a 2007 selection of the most important up-and-coming writers in Latin America in the post-Boom generation; one of five finalists for the 2015 Premio Hispanoamericano de Cuento Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia) for her story collection La muerte silba un blues; and winner of several prizes for critical essays on literature and film. Her other books include the short story collections, Maldito corazón, Zoom, Fuga permanente, and Álbum de familia; her novels in Spanish include Body Time, Poso Wells, and Humo. Her stories have appeared in anthologies in French, English, Chinese, Hebrew, and Serbo-Croatian. This is her first full-length work to appear in English. 

Mauro Javier Cardneas grew up in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and graduated with a degree in Economics from Stanford University. He's the author of The Revolutionaries Try Again (Coffee House Press). In 2016 he received a Joseph Henry Jackson Award and in 2017 the Hay Festival included him in Bogota 39, a selection of the best young Latin American novelists.

Dick Cluster has translated four books for City Lights:  In the Cold of the Malecón and Other Stories (2000) by Antonio José Ponte, Frigid Tales (2002) by Pedro de Jesus, A Corner of the World (2014) by Mylene Fernández-Pintado, and Poso Wells (2018) by Gabriela Alemán. His own novels include Return to Sender (1990), Repulse Monkey: Book 2 in the Alex Glauberman Mystery Series (2015), and Obligations of the Bone: Book 3 in the Alex Glauberman Mystery Series (2015).

Praise for Poso Wells:

"Poso Wells is ironic, audacious, and fierce. But what is it, exactly? A satire? A scifi novel? A political detective yarn? Or the purest reality of contemporary Latin America. It's unclassifiable––as all great books are."––Samanta Schweblin, author of Fever Dream

"Poso Wells is brilliant, audacious, doubtlessly playful and at the same time so dark and bitter. A truly unforgettable book."––Alejandro Zambra, author of Multiple Choice

"The story is a condemnation not only of the corrupt businessmen and the criminal gangs that rule Poso Wells but also of the violence against women that plagues Latin America's real slums."––The New Yorker

"One part Thomas Pynchon, one part Gabriel García Marquez, and one part Raymond Chandler, Alemán's novel contains mystery, horror, humor, absurdity, and political commentary . . . A concoction of political thriller and absurdist literary mystery that never fails to entertain."––Kirkus Reviews


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Poso Wells
Gabriela Alemán
2018 Edition
Celebrated Ecuadorian author Gabriela Alemán's first work to appear in English: a noir, feminist eco-thriller in which venally corrupt politicians and greedy land speculators finally get their just comeuppance!