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ISBN-13: 9781632060518
Publisher: Restless Books
Publication date: 07/12/2016
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 539
Sales rank: 1,328,337
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Agustín de Rojas (1949-2011) is the patron saint of Cuban science fiction. A professor of the history of theater at the Escuela de Instructores de Arte in Villa Clara, he authored a canonical trilogy of novels consisting of Espiral (Spiral, 1982), for which he was awarded the David Prize; Una leyenda del futuro (A Legend of the Future, 1985); and El año 200 (The Year 200, 1990), all of which are scheduled for publication in English translation by Restless Books. While he was heavily influenced by Ray Bradbury and translated Isaac Asimov into Spanish, de Rojas aligned himself mostly with Soviet writers such as Ivan Yefremov and the brothers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky . After the fall of the Soviet Union, de Rojas stopped writing science fiction. He spent his final years persuaded—and persuading others—that Fidel Castro did not exist.

Nick Caistor is a British journalist, non-fiction author, and translator of Spanish and Portuguese literature. He has translated Cesar Aira, Paulo Coelho, Eduardo Mendoza, Juan Marsé, and Manuel Vázquez Montalban, and he has twice won the Valle-Inclán Prize for translation. He regularly contributes to Radio 4, the BBC World Service, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Guardian. He lives in Norwich, England.

Hebe Powell lives and works in London as a freelance translator of Spanish. Born in England, she spent part of her childhood in Argentina and later, a year working and travelling in Spain. She took up a career in physics, completing a PhD in quantum optics at Imperial College London and then as a research scientist in this field. She has also worked as a science teacher. In recent years Hebe has been translating Hispano American fiction. Her first published translation, also a co-translation with Nick Caistor, was Divine Punishment by the renowned Nicaraguan author Sergio Ramírez. Hebe is also a researcher in the field of Spanish pragmatics at Birkbeck College; her work currently focuses on the linguistic strategies employed by users of an online marketplace based in Argentina.

Table of Contents

I When Hydra Awakes 15

II Ferhad's Adventure 21

III Risky Decisions 31

IV In the Realm of Emotions 45

V An Intruder in Tranquil Grove 58

VI A Play of Images 66

VII The New Frontier 73

VIII In the Hermitage 91

IX The Triumvirate 102

X An Unexpected World 113

XI Dealing in Souls 133

XII Alice's Eyes 144

XIII Work for Monsters 156

XIV The Need for Doubt 169

XV An Exhaustive Revision 181

XVI Alice's Choice 193

XVII The Spy Is Discovered 205

XVIII A Double Pursuit 215

XIX Inside the Regional Bureau 228

XX A Shot Raises the Alarm 240

XXI Emotional Complications 260

XXII The Supreme Council 271

XXIII An Essential Problem 283

XXIV The Cybos Decide 298

XXV Maya's Arrival 309

XXVI A Dangerous Game 319

XXVII The Solitary Ones 337

XXVIII Memories of Paradise 349

XXIX Conversations at Dawn 371

XXX Human, All Too Human 383

XXXI The Last Night 395

XXXII The Trap Is Sprung 407

XXXIII The Best Solution 421

XXXIV In the Enchanted Valley 434

XXXV A Way of Working 449

XXXVI From Inside the Labyrinth 466

XXXVIII Savell Takes Precautions 476

XXXVIII The Power of Illusion 487

XXXIX The Apparent End 497

XL The Real Game 512

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