Fish Soup


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$15.95  $14.67
Charco Press
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5.1 X 7.7 X 0.8 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Margarita García Robayo (Cartagena, Colombia, 1980) is the author of three novels, a book of autobiographical essays and several collections of short stories, including Worse Things, which obtained the prestigious Casa de las Américas Prize in 2014. Her work has appeared in several anthologies such as _Región: cuento político latinoamericano _(Political Latin American Short Stories, 2011) and _Childless Parents _(2014). In 2013, she was awarded a Literary Creation Grant from the Han Nefkens Foundation and the Pompeu Fabra University. Her books have been praised in Latin America as well as in Spain, and have been translated into French, Portuguese, Italian, Hebrew and Chinese. _Holiday Heart _will be her second book to appear in English after the very successful Fish Soup.Charlotte Coombe is a British literary translator, working from French and Spanish. Her translation of Abousse Shalmani's _Khomeini, Sade and Me _(2016) won a PEN Translates award. She has translated novels by Anna Soler-Pont and Asha Miró, Marc de Gouvenain, as well as some non-fiction, short stories and poetry by Edgardo Nuñez Caballero, Rosa María Roffiel and Santiago Roncagliolo for Palabras Errantes. She is also the translator of Eduardo Berti's novel _The Imagined Land _(2018). This is her third title for Charco Press, after Ricardo Romero's _The President's Room _(2017) and Margarita García Robayo's Fish Soup (2018).



  • Society of Authors Valle Inclán Prize 2019 --Shortlist
  • Casa de las Américas Prize --Winner (Worse Things)


"García Robayo's prose bristles with restrained energy and a wry humour which captures the disaffection of her characters." --Times Literary Supplement

"[Fish Soup] is a gorgeous, blackly humorous look into the lives of Colombians struggling to find their place in society, both at home and abroad." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"García Robayo's prose is concise and startling, her voice versatile and capable of packing a serious punch" --LA Review of Books

"This is a text written from within the belly of the beast. (...) One of the most essential books of the year." --Sarah Booker, Asymptote

"An evocative collection that conveys the potency of desire in even the most ordinary lives." --Kirkus Reviews

"The tackiness of the Caribbean coast and its discontents are marvellously rendered." --Times Literary Supplement, Books of the Year 2018

"There are very few writers who can challenge expectations the way Margarita García Robayo does. Margarita is simply one of the best of the new generation that respects, yet no longer identifies with, the Latin American Boom." --Mariana Enríquez, author of Things We Lost in the Fire

"García Robayo is building one of the most solid and interesting oeuvres in Latin American literature." --Juan Cárdenas

"Margarita shows sharp insight into contemporary life. Her voice speaks with surreptitious irony and sophisticated psychological perception. She is the creator of an exceptional poetics of displacement." --Juan Villoro

"Her stories combine the atmosphere of Desperate Housewives, Hemingway's iceberg theory and a memorable, bittersweet ending." --Jorge Carrión

"Full of everyday details that reveal the most vulnerable aspects of feminine subjectivity." --La Nación (Argentina)

"One of the most potent figures of contemporary Latin American literature." --Inés Martín Rodrigo, ABC (Spain)