Carlos Gamerro (Buenos Aires, 1962) has studied and taught Literature at Buenos Aires University (UBA) and teaches at present at the Universidad de San Andrés and at the MALBA. In 2007 he was Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University and in 2008 he participated in the International Writers Workshop (Iowa). His publications include the novels Las Islas (Edhasa, 2012), El sueño del señor juez (Veintisiete Letras, 2008), El secreto y las voces (Edhasa, 2011), La aventura de los bustos de Eva (Edhasa, 2012) and Un yuppie en la columna del Che Guevara (Edhasa, 2011); the book of short stories El libro de los afectos raros (Interzona, 2013). Cardenio is his latest novel. www.carlosgamerro.com
Edhasa literaria, 2016 / 296 pages
Original manuscript written in English / 74,000 words
Rights adquired by:
Edhasa Argentina (Spanish, Southern Cone only).
Cardenio imagines the story of Shakespeare and Fletcher’s lost play of the same name, based on Cervantes’ Don Quixote.
In the year 1612, John Fletcher and Francis Beaumont, who, according to records of the day, ‘lived together on the Bankside, not far from the playhouse, both bachelors; lay together; had one wench in the house between them, which they did so admire; the same clothes and cloak etc. between them’, break up their famed partnership when Beaumont takes off to wed a rich heiress and give up the life of a playwright. The parting of the dauntingly beautiful and enchanting Beaumont leaves Fletcher and their maid Joan to their own devices, and Fletcher to face the task of writing a new play for the King’s Men. Unaccustomed to writing on his own, Fletcher must find a new partner, and at this point the main actor and leader of the company, Richard Burbage, asks him to team up with Will Shakespeare, who after The Tempest seems to have lost all power and desire to write for the stage. Obliged to settle for second best, Fletcher approaches the much-admired, but now rather intractable playwright with the recently translated Don Quixote, and suggests they work on the story of Cardenio, a young Spanish gentleman who goes mad when his bride is stolen by his best friend.
Cardenio is a story of friendship and love, and love triangles, of love of poetry and the stage. Eschewing the use of a conventional narrator, Carlos Gamerro’s novel is composed entirely of letters, dialogues, poems and fragments of plays, recreating in contemporary forms the vital and verbal richness of the time.
El secreto y las voces (An Open Secret)
Edhasa literaria, 2011 / 256 pages English and French translations available
Rights acquired by:
Pushkin Press (UK- World English)
Liana Levi (France)
Septime Verlag (Austria – World German)
“Carlos Gamerro’s An Open Secret … has the makings of a classic.” The Economist
“An Open Secret is paced like a taut thriller that … ultimately, rewards the reader … Gamerro creates a vivid sense of how gossip can poison a small town.” The Independent
“An Open Secret digs away at the shallow graves of recent decades to find the pettiness, narrow-minds, and rivalries that motivated it.” The Guardian
Drawing on the legacy of Argentina’s Dirty War, Carlos Gamerro’s An Open Secret is a compelling postmodern thriller confronting guilt, complicity and the treachery of language itself. Dario Ezcurra is one of the thousands of Argentinians unlucky enough to be ‘disappeared’ by the military government-murdered by the local chief of police with the complicity of his friends and neighbours. Twenty years later, Fefe, a child at the time of the murder, returns to the town where Dario met his fate and attempts to discover how the community let such a crime happen. Lies, excuses and evasion ensue – desperate attempts to deny the guilty secret of which the whole community, even Fefe himself, is afraid.
Las Islas (The Island)
Edhasa literaria, 2012 / 640 pages English translation available
Rights acquired by:
An Other Stories (UK, USA, 2014 – World English)
“A bravura piece of writing, with a cinematic sweep, sustained drama, and pitch-perfect dialogue.” The Independent
“The reader is dragged headlong by Barnett’s athletic translation … a highly addictive comic voice, its peaks of hectic farce underlaid by a delicate, deadpan absurdism.” TLS
“A weird and wonderful thriller.” The Observer
“Gamerro picks history’s what-the-fuck moments, which when found in fiction are so strange as to knock the reader momentarily out of the imaginary world.” The Guardian
“A danger-laden, mind-bending and ultimately redemptive quest. […] There are more ideas here than most writers would fit in 10 novels.” The Independent on Sunday
“I urge you to find and read a copy of this important novel.” Huffington Post UK
“A complex and ambitious exploration of how history is memorialised” The Literateur
Buenos Aires, 1992. Hacker Felipe Félix is summoned to the vertiginous twin towers of magnate Fausto Tamerlán and charged with finding the witnesses to a very public crime. Rejecting the mission is not an option. After a decade spent immersed in drugs and virtual realities, trying to forget the freezing trench in which he passed the Falklands War, Félix is forced to confront the city around him – and realises to his shock that the war never really ended. A detective novel, a cyber-thriller, an inner-city road trip and a war memoir, The Islands is a hilarious, devastating and dizzyingly surreal account of a history that remains all too raw.
Edhasa literaria, 2012 / 432 pages
Rights acquired by:
An Other Stories (UK- World English – March, 2015)
Septime Verlag (Austria – World German)
At the time, it seems a matter of routine. Fausto Tamerlane, the ruthless real estate magnate, has been kidnapped by the Montoneros, and both family members and company executives expect the demands of the kidnappers. But with these comes the stupor: in addition to the ransom money, Montoneros demand that original busts of Eva Perón must be erectedin each office of the company. Nothing less than 92 busts.
Who will be responsable to obtain such amount in a short time posible? None other than than Ernesto Marroné, the loyal and efficient Purchasing manager of the company. Or at least it seemed so. The following days we will – and he will – discover new facets of his personality. He will no longer be Marroné of Tamerlane and sons, but Marrone of Montoneros?
In this singular change, which begins as a series of misunderstandings, there are both chance and destiny. Marroné will discover a world of politics and passion so different to his previous life –sustained on conformism and confort, base on self-helf and management books which marked a path that seems a suspense.
Meanwhile, the days pass and Tamerlane’s life hangs by a thread and the country is absorbe by violence.Althoug dictatorship has not began. The worse is coming.
The adventure of the busts of Eva is an authentic narrative marvel. A novel that reflects the potential, voracity and madness of an era.
Edhasa literaria, 2011 / 418 pages
Rights acquired by: Ayrinti Yayinlari (Turkey)
Nineties. Any afternoon Ernesto Marrone, the successful executive of Tamerlane and sons, returns to his country house and discovers a poster of Che Guevara in the room of his teenage son. In that moment, he realizes is time to talk about his guerrilla past. The image of that man of mane and steel look returns him to the summer of 1975 when his attempt to mediate the release of Mr. Tamerlane, who was kidnapped by the Montoneros, leads him after a string of fatalities and misunderstandings to become head of column of the same guerrilla organization. There he discovers another world (militant, rough and caring), also the (true) love and he feels capable of adopting the New Man cause. He doesn´t longer care about his successful career, family/home when the random or perhaps a mocker destiny that seems to chase him visiously, returns him to previous life, as if the short summer revolution was only a dream that once dissipated, left him half way between desolation and dissilusion.