Charco Press is to launch an "English-first" series, kicking off with original works by Daniel Hahn and Jennifer Croft.
The Untranslated series will embrace texts by English-speaking authors linked by sharing their experience of Latin American culture, as well as opening the door to Latin American authors writing in English. The Edinburgh-based press previously focused solely on literary works by contemporary Latin America authors translated into English.
Charco’s editorial director Carolina Orloff said: "Charco’s goal from the outset has been to change the literary landscape, to try to bridge cultures and languages. By publishing amazing authors that also happen to be incredible translators, and embracing Latin American authors choosing to write in English, we are looking to keep enriching that dialogue."
The first title in the Untranslated series will be a diary penned by Daniel Hahn during his translation of Chilean literary giant Diamela Eltit’s novel Never Did the Fire. The two will be published side by side by Charco in April 2022. This will be followed later in the year by the UK launch of Croft's acclaimed work Homesick.
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