The Alphabet in Crime Fiction, O is for Orsi, Guillermo Orsi

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The Alphabet in Crime Fiction is a Community Meme hosted by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise. This week’s letter is the letter “O”.  Click HERE to see what others have contributed to this week’s Crime Fiction Alphabet.

My “O” is for Orsi. Guillermo Orsi, Buenos Aires (1946), is regarded a master of modern noir fiction. He lives in Buenos Aires where he works as a journalist. Among his books we can find: El vagón de los locos (Premio Emecé 1978, Emecé), Cuerpo de mujer (1983, Ediciones Poniente), Tripulantes de un viejo bolero (1994, Ediciones De la Flor), Sueños de perro (Semana Negra Umbriel Award in 2004, Umbriel Editores), Noches de Pelayo (finalist UNED Award in 2005, Nadie ama a un policía (Premio Internacional de Novela Negra Ciudad de Carmona 2007, Almuzara) and Ciudad Santa (Hammett Award to the best crime fiction book published originally in Spanish (Castilian) in 2009, Almuzara).

I’m currently reading No-One Loves a Policeman, original title Nadie ama a un policía. Translated by Nick Caistor and published by MacLehose Press, first edition 29 April 2010. The publisher’s blurb reads:

It is December 2001, and Argentina is in economic meltdown. While the country wallows in corruption, cynicism and indifference, Gotán, an ex-cop from the Federal Police, lives in the past. He cannot forget the beguiling woman who briefly set alight his life – she disappeared as soon as he revealed he had worked for the ‘National Shame’. Gotán is called urgently late one night to a friend’s coastal retreat. He arrives too late: his friend is dead and his girlfriend has vanished. Using all his resources to find the girl, Gotán finds himself embroiled in a plot that goes to the heart of Argentina itself. Though no longer part of the force, Gotán is still a cop by nature. But his is a dangerous undertaking: after all, no-one loves a policeman.”

No-One Loves a Policeman has been reviewed by International Noir Fiction, Crime Scraps and Petrona.

El Alfabeto del Crimen es un meme organizado por Kerrie en Mysteries in Paradise. La letra de esta semana es la “O”. Haga click AQUÍ para ver las contribuciones del resto de los participantes.

Mi “O” es por Orsi. Guillermo Orsi, Buenos Aires (1946), está considerado un maestro de la novela negra moderna. Vive en Buenos Aires, donde trabaja como periodista. Entre sus libros se encuentran: El vagón de los locos (Premio Emecé 1978, Emecé), Cuerpo de mujer (1983, Ediciones Poniente), Tripulantes de un viejo bolero (1994, Ediciones De la Flor), Sueños de perro (Premio Umbriel de la Semana Negra de Gijón en 2004, Umbriel Editores), Noches de Pelayo (finalista del Premio UNED en 2005), Nadie ama a un policía (Premio Internacional de Novela Negra Ciudad de Carmona 2007, Almuzara) y Ciudad Santa (Premio Hammett a la mejor novela negra publicada originalmente en español (castellano) en el 2009, Almuzara).

Actualmente estoy leyendo Nadie ama a un policía (Almuzara, 2007). La propaganda editorial dice:

Un ex policía rompe su propia promesa de no atender el teléfono después de medianoche. Un amigo en apuros lo convoca a trescientos kilómetros de Buenos Aires. Volando por la autopista, mientras adormece el alma oyendo jazz del bueno, Pablo Martelli confía en llegar a tiempo.
La Argentina, entretanto, monta una vez más la ópera bufa de su naufragio: un gobierno débil, una sociedad agónica y desquiciada, un presidente absurdo, y argentinos a los botes.
Nadie llega a tiempo, huelga decirlo. Ni Martelli a la cita con su amigo, ni ciertos conspiradores que huyen hacia un futuro que ha quedado atrás. Al final de la aventura, el presidente argentino y un asesino serial –amantes padres de familia- tal vez hayan perdido su trabajo.
Poco más perderá Martelli. Aunque en algún momento crea haber alcanzado el paraíso
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Crime Fiction Books New Releases in Spain, September 2010

TBR-2 Among the new releases in Spain this September I find the following titles most interesting:

Murder at the Savoy (Asesinato en el Savoy) by Per Wahloo and Maj Sjowall, the sixth in the Martin Beck series. Having read the first five books I cannot miss  it.

The Devil’s Star (La estrella del diablo) by Jo Nesbo, the third in the Oslo trilogy. I won’t miss it either, although I will read it in English.

Blanco nocturno by Ricardo Piglia, this is Piglia’s latest book, but I still have Plata Quemada (Money to Burn) in my TBR pile.

The Winter of Frankie Machine (El invierno de Frankie Machine) by Don Winslow. I still have to read first The Power of the Dog (also in my TBR pile)

Our Kind of Traitor (Un traidor como los nuestros) by John Le Carre. I can’t  miss this one, in English, but I may wait for the paperback.

There are also a couple of Harlan Coben and one from Dennis Lehane, but I have not read any of their books yet.

Obviously due to my limitations I know I’m missing some other books, but I’m open to suggestions and I will follow closely what other blogs have to say.

Of Books and Bookshops

TBR-2 022 Estudio en Escarlata is a bookshop in Madrid which is always worthwhile a visit. I went today with my book list. I make lists after having bought several times a book that I already had.

My intention was to buy mainly books in Spanish from Spanish and Latin-American authors. Unfortunately (or fortunately) Guillermo Orsi’s Ciudad Santa (Holy City) and Nadie ama a un policía (No-One Loves a Policeman) were sold out. And it was not worth to order them; most business are closed in Spain during August and publishers won’t send them before September.  The same thing happened with Teresa Solana’s Atajo al Paraíso (A short Cut to Paradise). However I did manage to buy the three books in the photo; the three well below the 300 page benchmark.

Guillermo Orsi won the 2010 Hammet Award

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Ciudad Santa The XXIII Semana Negra de Gijón announced today the winner of the Hammett Award to the best crime fiction book published originally in Spanish (Castilian) in 2009: Ciudad Santa (Almuzara)  by Guillermo Orsi (Argentina).

The Hammett Prize was first awarded during the Semana Negra de Gijón in 1988 and this is, therefore, its 23rd edition.

Congratulations to Guillermo Orsi.

For more information click at Semana Negra website here.

>Premios Brigada 21 Shortlist

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To give you a flavour of what was published in Spain last year you can find below the shortlist for this year Premios Brigada 21. Just want to highlight two categories:

Best crime fiction novel published in 2009 in Spanish (Castilian)

No hay que morir dos veces, Francisco González Ledesma, Planeta

Perro vagabundo busca a quien morder, Julián Ibáñez, Alreves

El baile ha terminado, Julián Ibáñez, Roca

Ciudad Santa, Guillermo Orsi, Almuzara

La playa de los ahogados, Domingo Villar, Siruela

I’ve only two in my to-read pile (Domingo Villar and Francisco González Ledesma) and one (Guillermo Orsi) in my wish list.

Best crime novel published in 2009 (translated)

El hombre inquieto, (The Troubled Man), Henning Mankell, Tusquets

Conexión Lorena, (Lorraine Connection), Dominique Manotti, Alba

Nemesis, Jo Nesbo, RBA

El Poder del perro (The Power of the Dog), Don Winslow, Mondadori

Ardores de Agosto (August Heat), Andrea Camilleri, Salamandra

I’ve read three (Camilleri, Mankell, Nesbo) of them and have the other two (Manotti and Winslow) in my to-read pile.

 

Finalistas Premios Brigada 21

Novel.la en català editada en 2009

Mateu al president. Bennassar, Sebastià (Cossetania)

Emulsió de ferro. Jovani, Sebastià (La Magrana)

Mans lliures. Manuel, Jordi de (Edicions 62)

Sang culé. Pijoan, Jordi (Llibres de l’Índex)

La Solitud de Patricia. Quilez, Carles (La Magrana)

Novel.la traduïda al català editada en 2009
La dona de verd. Indridason, Arnaldur (La Magrana)
L’home inquiet. Mankell, Henning (Tusquets)
Mort a Estanbul. Markaris, Petros (Tusquets)
Nèmesi. Nesbo, Jo (Proa)
Un lloc incert. Vargas, Fred (Amsterdam)

Primera Novela en castellano editada en 2009
Tiempo de alacranes. BEF (Pàmies)
La sopa de Dios. Casamayor, Gregorio (El Acantilado)
Benegas. Jurado, Francisco José (Almuzara)
Siete maneras de matar un gato. Néspolo, Matías (Libros del Lince)
Tarde, mal y nunca. Zanon, Carlos (Saymon)

Mejor Novela en castellano editada en 2009
No hay que morir dos veces. González Ledesma, Francisco (Planeta)
Perro vagabundo busca a quien morder. Ibañez, Julián (Alrevés)
El baile ha terminado. Ibáñez, Julián (Roca)
Ciudad Santa. Orsi, Guillermo (Almuzara)
La playa de los ahogados. Villar, Domingo (Siruela)

Mejor novela traducida al castellano editada en 2009
El hombre inquieto. Mankell, Henning (Tusquets)
Conexión Lorena. Manotti, Dominique (Alba)
Némesis. Nesbo, Jo (RBA)
El poder del perro. Winslow, Don (Mondadori)
Ardores de agosto. Camilleri, Andrea (Salamandra)

Premi Florenci Clavé a la mejor portada editada en 2009
Tiempo de alacranes. BEF (Pàmies)
Los espias de Varsovia. Furst, Alan (Seix Barral)
Trago amargo. Haggenbeck, F.G (Roca)
Cuentos completos. Madrid, Juan (Ediciones B)
Los demonios de Berlín. Valle, Ignacio del (Alfaguara)

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