2012 Crime Fiction Alphabet, G is for Giardinelli, Mempo Giardinelli

My goal, in this new edition of the Crime Fiction Alphabet, is to introduce you crime fiction writers in Spanish or Portuguese. Last week I posted about Necropolis by Santiago Gamboa (Pub. date: July 15 2012), You can find HERE a review by M. A. Orthofer. But there’s no point in repeating myself. For this reason, as an extra bonus, I’m going to choose another author from South America whose surname starts with the letter “G”, Giardinelli, Mempo Giardinelli.

Mempo Giardinelli. Born in Resistencia (Chaco, 1947), he studied at the Law School, Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, Argentina (1964-1969). He lived in exile, in Mexico, between 1976 and 1983. He went back in 1985 and he now lives in Resistencia.

As a fiction writer (novels and short-stories) and essayist, he has a significant list of publications in some of the most important publishing houses of more than 30 countries. His works have been translated into 20 languages and his works have won him prestigious awards, among them the “Premio Rómulo Gallegos” (1993). His novel Luna caliente (Sultry Moon) was awarded the “Mexican National Award” in 1983, granted by the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.

He is the author of several novels, as La revolución en bicicleta, El cielo con las manos, Luna caliente (1983, translated into English as Sultry Moon), Qué solos se quedan los muertos, Santo Oficio de la Memoria, Imposible equilibrio, El Décimo Infierno (translated into English as The Tenth Circle) and Final de novela en Patagonia (2000, winner of the yearly Grandes Viajeros Award, in Spain). His latest works: Cuestiones interiores (nouvelle, 2003) and Visitas después de hora (2003).

He is also the author of short-stories collections, as Vidas ejemplares, Antología personal, El castigo de Dios, and his latest Gente rara (2005) and Estación Coghlan y otros cuentos (2005).

As a journalist and essayist, he writes for numerous newspapers and magazines and his articles appears weekly in Debate magazine, and regularly in several Argentine newpapers as Página/12, La Nación y La Voz del Interior. He also contributes to many other newspapers and magazines as “La Jornada” (Mexico) and “El Mundo” (Madrid). He founded and edited the literary magazine “Puro Cuento” (Buenos Aires, 1986-1992) and he has published El género Negro (The Noir Genre, essays on detective literature), Así se escribe un cuento (essays on the art of short-story writings) and El País de las Maravillas (1997, winner of the Best Essay Book 1998).

Mempo Giardinelli Website (Biographical Information)

Sultry Moon, Latin Amer Literary Review Pr (1998).

Topping Argentina’s bestseller list for twenty-seven weeks, winner of Mexico’s National Book Award and translated into eight languages, Sultry Moon is a gripping novel reminiscent of both Crime and Punishment as well as Lolita. This fast-paces thriller takes off with he introduction of its protagonist who has just returned to his hometown in Argentina from studies in France. With the prospect of a brilliant career ahead of him, he is welcomed back with open arms. However, within the span of a few hours during a dinner party on a torrid evening, this unsuspected over-achiever becomes a ruthless, violent aggressor living out the paranoid psychology of a criminal on the run. (Latin America Literary Review Press)

The Tenth Circle, Latin Amer Literary Review Pr (2000).

In this masterful novel, Mempo Giardinelli offers an intense narrative, which proves both horrible and dazzling. It’s a work presenting reality as brutal as well as poetic. This poetry of cruelty places fiction between the limits of passion and horror while pervading a suffocating and totally black atmosphere, spiraling erotically against the background of an escape through the north of Argentina where two diabolic lovers invent the tenth circle of hell. (Latin America Literary Review Press)

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The Crime Fiction Alphabet 2012 is a Community Meme hosted by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise. By Friday of each week participants try to write a blog post about crime fiction related to the letter of the week. Click HERE to visit the contribution of other participants.

Pick of the Month June 2012

The purpose of the Pick of the Month meme, hosted by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise, is to identify our crime fiction best read for each particular month. You can click HERE to find the contributions of other fellow bloggers.

This month I have read and reviewed six crime fiction books:

  • I Will Have Vengeance (Hersilia Press, 2012) by Maurizio de Giovanni. Translated from the Italian by Anne Milano Appel. Original title: Il senso del dolore.***
  • The Rage (Vintage 2012) by Gene Kerrigan*****
  • The Drop (Orion, 2011) by Michael Connelly*****
  • 31 Noches (Suma de Letras, 2012) de Ignacio Escolar***
  • Ishmael Toffee A Novella (Tim Town, 2012) by Roger Smith****
  • Black Skies (Vintage, 2012) by Arnaldur Indridason. Translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb. Original title: Svörtuloft.*****

For me the pick of the month is a tie between The Rage, The Drop and Black Skies. 

To break the tie only thing I can think of is to share the honour as follows: The Rage takes the Award for the best new-to-me author; The Drop, the best book in English; and Black Skies, the best in translation. 

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