BarcelonaThe closing of the year 2021 with green numbers for publishers accompanies the voluminous avalanche of novelties of 2022 that already begin to shoot this January. In the first section of the year, highlights the novelties of Eva Baltasar, Albert Sánchez Piñol and Javier Cercas; the posthumous novels by Jordi Cussà, Almudena Grandes and John Le Carré; the Catalan debut of Nobel Abdulrazak Gurnah and the anniversaries of Gabriel Ferrater and Joan Fuster. The pandemic has little leaked into the literature and from the sector they hope that it will also allow celebrating a Sant Jordi “as God commands.”
The Catalan harvest
One of the novels that has been waiting the longest is Mammoth, by Eva Baltasar (Club Editor), which will arrive in February and will close her glacier trilogy with the story of “an archaic woman trapped in modern life.” Comanegra will deliver in March the posthumous novel by Jordi Cussà, The muses, a work full of artistic references that goes from Ramon Llull to Pink Floyd. And Albert Sánchez Piñol will return to the fantastic and aquatic novel with The monastery of Saint Helena (The Bell), in which Napoleon has to fight a menacing creature on an island in the South Atlantic.
Among the prizes that have to reach the bookstores soon is the trio of the night of Santa Llúcia that Proa publishes: Sergi Belbel, in his novelistic debut with a thriller confessional, Die-ne disset, the collection of poems by Antoni Vidal Ferrando and the stories by debutante Ricard Sunyol. The Documenta will also serve to discover the literary talent of the veterinarian Pilar Codony. The awards just announced will also appear, the Josep Pla and the Nadal: the family memories of Toni Cruanyes The vall de la llum Y The ways of wanting by Inés Martín Rodrigo (Destination). The Ramon Llull and the Anagrama have to meet in January.
A quartet of authors from the Balearic Islands will see their flaps in bookstores: Sebastià Alzamora publishes Rage (Proa), a novel about the relationship between a lonely man and his dog; Melcior Comes returns with the antoniafontiano title Tots els mechanisms (Proa) and narrates the confrontation between two alcurnias, while Laura Gost consolidates with the story of growth The mon is torna senzill (Empúries). Biel Mesquida will produce a hundred short stories, Incarnations (LaBreu).
Two politicians reappear in bookstores: Jenn Díaz will publish her third novel, the intimate Els possessius (Amsterdam), and Alfred Bosch will rebuild the lives of those who raised the Sagrada Familia in The temple of the poor (Column). Lolita Bosch will return to Mexico to talk about the disappearances to Agafeu-me (Edicions 62) and Vicenç Villatoro will go to Italy with the intimate story of historical roots Train to Maratea (Bow).
Blacks and criminals
Javier Cercas closes the trilogy that began with the Planeta award. In Bluebeard’s castle (Tusquets), his policeman, Melchor Marín, faces the disappearance of his own daughter. Two classics of the genre that have posthumous novelties: John Le Carré shows in Silverview his stark opinion of the espionage services (Edicions 62 / Planeta) and Andrea Camilleri will appear up to three novelties, such as the penultimate Montalbano, Alcyron’s Cook (Destination / Edicions 62). The posthumous novel by Almudena Grandes (Tusquets) also has to come out this year. Between the bestsellers of the genre, the Nordic Camilla Läckberg will bring out The mentalist (Column / Planet) and Don winslow –The latest Pepe Carvalho award, which he will collect in February at BCNegra– will begin a new trilogy about crime and mafias in New York in the 80s with Burning city (HarperCollins).
Two short mystery novels by the great storyteller Joyce Carol Oates will be published in a single volume, The legacy of Maude Donegal. The surviving son (Siruela), a tribute to the Gothic genre. Also from darkness will come the first novel by Mariana Enríquez, Going down is the worst (Anagram), recovered after the success of Our part at night. And for terrifying the story of the slavery of a girl from Nascut by cap donaby Franck Bouysse (Periscopi).
In June the Noia coneix noi by Ali Smith (Raig Verd) and until August we will have to wait for the translation of Annihilate by Michel Houellebeq (in Anagram in Catalan and Spanish), a mixture of family melodrama, love story and thriller geopolitical policy that was just published in France on the anniversary of the Charlie hebdo. Before it will be the turn of Elizabeth Strout, who continues the story of Lucy Barton with Ay, William (Edicions de 1984 / Alfaguara), where he explores Lucy’s relationship, now a widow, with her ex. And Linda Boström will also continue the story of Karl Ove Knausgård but now giving her version of events, after having discovered it with Welcome to America (Les Hores / Gatopardo).
An international debut will be that of the filmmaker Werner Herzog, who in Twilight of the world (Blackie Books) tells the story of a Japanese soldier who hid in the jungle of the island of Guam for 29 years without knowing that the World War was over. The 2021 Nobel Prize winner Abdulrazak Gurnah, the English author of Tanzanian origin who approaches the effects of colonialism and the fate of refugees, will also debut with two titles in Catalan in La Magrana (and four in Spanish in Salamandra).
Nobel laureate Ohran Pamuk will inquire into The nights of the plague (Random House Literature) in the plagues of the past, in the Ottoman Empire, while Isabel Allende will go from the flu epidemic to our pandemic in purple (Plaza & Janés). The coronavirus will also appear in the Quarantine by Petros Márkaris (Tusquets) when we have the information.
Classics and proper names
Irene Vallejo’s latest novel continues for the 109th week in the ranking one of the best sellers. This 2022 returns his luminous and erudite prose with the myths of The whistle of the archer and the journalistic anthology Someone talked about us (Column / Password). But if we talk about classics stricto sensu, recoveries of Victorian classics continue, such as Jane eyre by Charlotte Brontë (with new translation at the Victòria Club), the Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (Proa) and Little women for the first time in Catalan in Vienna. And a collection of poems will be released with a score of unpublished 1912 by Juan Ramon Jiménez, Purity (Chair).
Also featured are the literary portraits of Billy Wilder, by Jonathan Coe (Anagram); Ana María Matute’s book, one of the Blackie Books monographs that include a biography, photos and texts collected by Jorge Cascante; Carme Riera will publish the authorized biography of the great lady of the Carmen Balcells edition (Rosa dels Vents / Debate); a biography of the president Josep Tarradellas from Joan Esculies, Tarradellas, a certain idea of Catalonia (Pòrtic); Rodrigo Fresán traces a history of parents and children through Herman Melville and his father, Melvill (Random House Literature), and the son of Susan Sontag brings together a selection of works by the writer and activist, including unpublished, in Essential work (Alfaguara).
Anniversaris: the year of the two F
2022 will be the year of the two Fs, with official anniversaries dedicated to the centenarians of Joan Fuster and Gabriel Ferrater. From the first we can already read his Diari 1952-1960 (3y4) –Here is the review by Pere Antoni Pons–, will come the anthology of essays gathered by Antoni Martí Monterde D’assaig figure (Comanegra) and works such as Nosaltres, els valencians (Editions 62). Of the second, Jordi Amat will publish the biography Beat her by. Life of Gabriel Ferrater (Edicions 62) and Marina Porras will be the curator of an anthology of literary texts (Comanegra).
If we talk about anniversaries, they are also those of Marcel Proust –Viena will close ten years of work by Josep M. Pinto by publishing the last two volumes of In Search of Lost Time and Lumen will remove the mythical manuscript that is its origin – and from Ulises by Joyce, plus other classics really that Professor Llovet points out in his column.
Several texts by canonical authors that were unpublished in Catalan will be published. The 35 years since the death of Primo Levi are the excuse to publish Auschwitz, ciutat tranquil·la about the great tragedy of the twentieth century. Also a compilation by Stefan Zweig, Missatges d’un món oblidat (Universe). The new La Segona Perifèria publishing house starts its engines with the New Year and, among other novelties, will celebrate the centenary of the economics historian Carlo M. Cipolla with his two most famous essays full of rigor and good humor, Allegro ma non troppo. And Raig Verd continues to recover Albert Camus with The fall. From among the living, Narcís Comadira will celebrate his 80 years with the collection of poems Els moviments humans (Editions 62).
Comics: from Rutu Modan to Saviano
The strips of Krazy kat, one of the great comics classics, will hit bookstores in 2022 in a special edition that La Cúpula has been working on for years. A more modern classic, the Corto Maltés by Hugo Pratt, will once again sail in a new adventure created by Juan Díaz Canales and Rubén Pellejero. The journalistic comic will be the protagonist thanks to The mistake, in which the authors of The crack they now explore the historical wounds and convulsions of the Italian region of South Tyrol. Also from Italy comes the first graphic novel by Roberto Saviano, I’m still alive, in which he talks about his life in hiding. And breaking a nine-year silence returns one of the great contemporary authors, the Israeli Rutu Modan, who questions the international trade in antiquities with Els tunnels, which brings out Finestres. Comics in Catalan will continue to grow, with the second edition of Vinyetari del ARA and a new collection in Comanegra curated by Oriol Malet.
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