Daniel Sada (Mexicali, 1953 – México City, 2011) is considered by many to be the boldest and most innovative writer in Spanish of his generation. He published eight volumes of short stories, nine novels, and three volumes of poetry. He has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Herralde Prize, the Xavier Villaurrutia and México´s National Prize for Arts and Sciences for Literature.
“What’s new is the voice, and Sada’s glorious style… It’s impossible not to be swept along by Sada’s manic language, his Cervantean plot twists and his affection for the hero who shares his initials.” Rachel Nolan, The New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice
“Sada will be a revelation for world literature.” Carlos Fuentes
“Daniel Sada will be remembered in Mexico as a literary titan of his time, one of the most innovative novelists in contemporary Latin American letters.” The Washington Post
“Of my generation I most admire Daniel Sada, whose writing project seems to me the most daring.” Roberto Bolaño
“Sada renewed the Mexican novel” Juan Villoro
One Out of Two (Una de dos)
Tusquets, 2002, 2012 & 2016
Rights acquired by:
Graywolf Press (World English).
Les Allusifs (French language available).
Palto Publishing (Turkey).
Todavia Livros (Brazil).
In One Out of Two, Sada talent is on full display in a giddy and comic tale reminiscent of a Shakespearean farce. The most distinctive thing about the Gamal sisters is that they are, essentially, indistinguishable (except for a modest mole). The twin spinsters spend their time trying to mask any perceptible differences they have while working hard at their thriving tailoring business in a small town in rural northern Mexico. Gloria and Constitution take an almost perverse delight in confusing people about which one is which. But then a suitor enters the picture, and one of the sisters decides that she doesn’t want to live a life without romance and all the good things that come with it. The ensuing competition between the sisters brings their relationship to the breaking point until they come up with an ingenious solution that carries this buoyant farce to its tender and even liberating conclusion. Suffused with the tension between our desire for union and our desire for independence, Daniel Sada’s One Out of Two is a giddy and comic fable by one of the giants of contemporary Latin American literature.
Because it seems like a lie the truth is never known (Porque parece mentira la verdad nunca se sabe)
Tusquets, 1999, 2012, 2016
Rights acquired by:
Passage du Nord-ouest (France)
Because… is the summa of Sada´s previous Works and without a doubt his most radical novel. The novel´s 602´s pages are divided into 15 “periods” or sections, each highlighting different aspects of the multiple plots connecting the 90 characters who inhabit the fictitious town of Remadrín, in the imaginary northern state of Capila. At the story´s center is the brutal electoral fraud orchestrated by Mayor Romeo Pomar, a grotesque and pathetic caricature of the archetypical Latin American dictator. On Election Day, as citizens queue to cast their votes, an armed comman steals the ballot boxes in broad daylight. A massive protest ensues, and the demonstrators plan to march to the state capital, but the governor orders their bloody massacre. To cover up the oficial crime, a conspiracy closes in on Pomar, who is forced to resign and is later killed. To retake control of Remadrín, the governor sends the army to occupy the streets, isolating the town with checkpoints and precipitating a food shortage. The strategy wears the citizens down, who begin moving to nearby towns, promting an exodus. At the end the inhabitants abandon Remadrín, and all that remains are rumors. (Extract from The Contemporary Spanish-American Novel. Bloomsbury USA & UK, 2013)