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Catalogue 2012 RBA.indd
FOREIGN RIGHTS CATALOGUE 2012
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Content
Content
Fiction
Non-Fiction
PRIMAVERA, ESTIU, ETC
(Spring, Summer and so on…), Marta Rojals
EL SOMNI DE FARRINGDON ROAD
(Farringdon Road Dream), Antoni Vives
LES BANDERES DE L’1 D’ABRIL
(The Flag of April 1st), Antoni Vives
LA CINQUENA CARPETA
(The Fifth Folder), Toni Rodríguez
UN GRAPAT DE MALA HERBA
(A Handful of weed), Ricard Biel
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Children’s Literature
07
SER DEL BARÇA ÉS (Being Barça),
Juanjo González&Eduardo Gonzalo
25
CUENTOS CLASICOS (Classical Tales),
Various Authors .................................................................................................................................... 48
08
CUMBRES DE LEYENDA (Legendary Summits),
Carlos Arribas&Sergi López-Egea .................................................................... 26
EL SOMNI DE TÀNGER (Tangier’s Dream),
Xavier Vernetta ...................................................................................................................................... 50
09
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Travel Literature
LA VOLTA DELS 25 (Round Trip 25), Marc Serena
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10
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11
CON ESTOS OJOS MÍOS
(With These Eyes of Mine), Francisco Mondino ..........................12
NUNCA JAMÁS (Never Again), Tito Drago
13
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27
HISTORIAS DE ROMA, HISTORIAS DE LONDRES, HISOTORIAS DE NUEVA YORS, HISTORIAS DEL CALCIO
(Historias de Roma, Historias de Londres, Historias de
Nueva York, Historias del Calcio), Enric González.................... 29
LOS SECRETOS DE PORTUGAL
(The Secrets of Portugal), Gabriel Magalhaes................................ 30
...................................
Essay
LA REPÚBLICA ISLÁMICA DE ESPAÑA
(The Islamic Republic of Spain), Pilar Rahola................................... 32
Crime Fiction
SI QUAN ET DONEN PER MORT UN DIA TORNES
(If They Give You up for Dead, but one Day you Come
Back), Llort ................................................................................................................................................ 17
UNA BALA PARA EL COMISARIO VALTIERRA
(A Bullet for Comissar Valtierra),Sergio Bufano ........................ 18
QUAN LA NIT MATA EL DIA
(When The Night Kills The Day), Agustí Vehí
............................
19
GUERRILLERS DEL TECLAT
(Warriors Of The Keyboard), Lali Sandiumenge
....................
34
PERIODISMO EN EL CAMPO DE BATALLA (Journalism
In The Heart Of The Jihad), Marc Marginedas .............................. 35
ESCUCHAR EL PASADO (Listening Of The Past),
José Enrique Ruiz-Domènec ................................................................................... 36
UNA NOVELA DE BARRIO (A Neighbourhood Novel),
Francisco González Ledesma ................................................................................. 20
LA IZQUIERDA NECESARIA (The Necessary Left),
Josep Ramoneda .......................................................................................................................... 38
EL CREPUSCLE DELS AFORTUNATS
(Dawn Of The Fortunate), Juli Alandes
MODESTA ESPAÑA (Modest Spain), Enric Juliana
..............................................
.........
39
22
LAS AMERICAS INSURGENTES
(The Insurgent Americas), Enrique Barón
TODO EL MUNDO CUENTA
(Tales from Every Corner of the Earth), J.M.Hernández
Ripoll & Aro Sáinz de la Maza ...................................................................................... 51
CUENTOS DE HADAS DEL MUNDO
(Fairy Tales from All Over the World),
Various Authors...................................................................................................................................... 52
Practical Non-Fiction
Cookbook
CORPUS DEL PATRIMONI CULINARI CATALÀ
(Corpus of Catalan Cooking), Various Authors.......................... 59
COLECCIÓN COCINA PROGRESIVA (Creative Cooking),
Iker Erauzkin................................................................................................................................................ 60
LA COCINA DEL… (How to cook…Meat/Rice/Fish),
Various Authors.................................................................................................................................... 62
EL NUEVO LIBRO DE LA COCINA NATURAL
(The New Book of Natural Cooking), Blanca Herp ............. 63
Natural Health
Comic Books
CULTIVA TUS REMEDIOS
(Cultivate Your Own Remedies ), Mariano Bueno ............... 66
CÓMO CURA…(How to Heal…), Various Authors ................. 68
SEXORAMA (Sexorama),
Manuel Bartual......................................................................................................................................... 54
GUÍA PARA PADRES DESESPERADAMENTE
INEXPERTOS (A Guide for Parents Desperately
Inexperienced), Manel Fontdevila.......................................................................... 55
REMEDIOS NATURALES PARA EL COLESTEROL /
LA DIABETES (Natural remedies), Francesc Fossas ..... 70
LA RESPUESTA ESTÁ EN LOS PIES
(The Answer is At the Feet ), Dr. Frederic Vinyes ................ 71
PLANTAS PARA UN HOGAR SANO
(Plants for a Healthy Home), Jordi Cebrián....................................... 72
EL GRAN LIBRO DEL CANNABIS
(The Great Book of Cannabis), Elisabet Riera............................... 73
Psychology
EL SENTIDO DEL HUMOR (Our Sense of Humour),
Eduardo Jáuregui .......................................................................................................................... 76
AMOR Y HUMOR (Love and Humour),
Eduardo Jáuregui .......................................................................................................................... 77
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40
PROCESOS DE PAZ EN EUSKADI (Peace Processes),
Teo Uriarte .........................................................................................................................................................................41
ENTRE LA MENTIRA Y EL OLVIDO (Between Lies
And Obscurity), Francesc-Marc Álvaro .................................................... 42
DE LA PERSONALIDAD AL NUDO DEL SÍNTOMA
(From The Personality to The Core Of The Symptom),
Vicente Palomera Laforga ............................................................................................. 43
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Fiction
MARTA ROJALS · Novel
Spring, Summer, and so on....
January 2011 · 363 pages · Catalan
Winner of the
2011 Prize Exhaurim-lo! 2011
Recommended by the expert panel
of NEW SPANISH BOOKS
(www.newspanishbooks.com)
A novel about love, friendship, family,
work, lost opportunities and the possibility
to find your place in the world.
English extract available
6a Edition!
As every year for All Saints, Èlia returns to her
village to make the obligatory visit to the cemetery
and spend some time with her father and aunt. This
year everything is a bit strange. She is 34 now, her
boyfriend just dumped her and the crisis has just
noticeably reduced the workload at the architecture
firm where she works in Barcelona. The weekend off
seems like a good opportunity to think things over
and get her life back in order. After having been
away for a long time for university studies and work,
Èlia feels increasingly at home with her people: her
laconic father, her distrustful aunt and the inquisitive
yet friendly neighbours. For sometimes we only begin
to see and understand things when we stop in our
tracks and start looking around us...
Narrated in a successions of short brushstrokes
and flashbacks, Spring, Summer, and so on… is
a tragically comic novel with a touch of the new
generation. At the same time the novel catches the
spirit and customs of a small Catalan village near the
river Ebro.
Marta Rojals was born in La Palma d’Ebre in 1975. She is an architect, writer and translator, and
has already won numerous prices for her short stories. This is her first novel.
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Fiction
Fiction
ANTONI VIVES · Historical Fiction
ANTONI VIVES · Novel
Farringdon Road Dream
The Flags of April 1st
March 2010 · 480 pages · Catalan
A great novel that has
enriched the live of
those us who are lucky
enough to have already
read it and those who
are yet to read it.
Paul Preston, British Historian
“
“
February 2012 · 528 pages · Catalan
Antoni Vives, an author following in
the footsteps of Maria Barbal and Emili
Teixidor.
In the strange atmosphere that envelops
Barcelona a few months before the explosion of
the Civil War, Pau Capdevila is a young lawyer
who frequently helps anarchists to make their
run ins with the law easier to bear. He still does
not have any political beliefs, and nor does he
understand that his naivety could lead to terrible
u
cconsequences. Convalescent from tuberculosis,
he is forced to leave the city just as the war begins,
h
a moment that will change his life forever.
Farringdon Road Dream, Antoni Vives’s fictional
F
debut,
is a Civil War epic poem, as well as an
d
addictive
love story, a story of adventures and
a
action,
pierced through the violent debates of
a
those
times. In times of disbelief, we should
t
allow
ourselves to be caught up in the dreams of
a
freedom
and justice coming from a generation
f
fighting for its beliefs, powerfully described in
the
t form of the International Brigade. Without
anachronistic
Manichaeism of any kind, Vives
a
claims
engagement and idealism. For it is not true
c
that
t things cannot be changed.
After El somni de Farringdon Road
(The dream of Farringdon Road, Premi
Crexells 2011), Antoni Vives returns
with Les banderes de l’1 d’abril (The flags
of April 1st).
A story that starts the day the Civil War ends, and
whose characters are involved in a blood-stained
chain of mistakes. Vives tackles the division of
Spain in a non-Manichean, fully-nuanced style, to
offer a corruption-filled fresco that portrays still
ongoing events.
Winner of the 2011 Crexells Prize
Shortlisted for the 2010
Amat-Piniella Prize
Recommended by the expert panel
of NEW SPANISH BOOKS
(www.newspanishbooks.com)
More detailed abstract available
in German
The day the Civil War ends, the day Franco’s
army enters Chinchón, gathers three characters
who are to cross paths through the next fifteen
years: Misericordia, nicknamed the Pasionaria
of Chinchón, after the famous communist
leader; the idealist Jesús, second lieutenant of the
victorious army and a right-wing Falangist, and
Julián, head of family in one of the strong houses
in the village, who is willing to settle scores for the
years of red revolution. Revenges, fears, ambition
and ideals are at stake and decide on a new order,
which might be new only in appearance. From
Castile to Barcelona, from Madrid to Leningrad,
following the journey of all three characters, the
author draws the portrait of the deep post-war
wounds: loneliness and cynicism, the hard road
to hope, the triumph of the arrivistes and the
inevitable end that always comes to all flags, being
so empty, so trifling when years go by.
Antoni Vives (Barcelona, 1965) is an economist, a politician and a writer. He enters the
Catalonian Government, as secretary general. He is currently a member of the Council of
Barcelona. He’s the autor of Catalunya entre la perplexitat i el somni (2002), El nacionalisme
que ve (Premi Octubre d’Assaig 2003), Barcelonies: lletra de batalla per Barcelona (2006)
and Per què faig de polític? Carta oberta als meus fills (2007).
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Fiction
Fiction
TONI RODRÍGUEZ · Novel
RICARD BIEL · Novel
The Fifth Folder
A Handful of Weed
“
“
Jordi Martínez is a young journalist specialized
in culture that was disciplinarily expelled from
the newspaper he was working in, and survives
through small research stories that do not happen
to be very lucrative. Luckily, he has his own love
story with Chantal, the French girl he is living
with, and the fraternal support of a brother very
much unlike him: all girls turn him on.
October 2012 · 160 pages · Catalan
Read it, and become
hypnotized
Proving again he has an innate ability to get into
trouble, Jordi unwillingly accepts a new job: to
follow the trace of an ensemble of characters he
previously met, when writing the unpublished
biography of pro-government poet Quico Pujol
i Alemany. These characters are well-situated in
the current Catalan society, but they have a lot to
hide. Former anti-Franco fighters who were smart
enough to strategically position themselves once
the Transition came by, they have been linked
through a common past of actions surrounded by
heroism, sex flings, envies and treasons. Almost
without wanting, but exposing himself too much,
Jordi will delve into their hidden motives.
Toni Rodríguez Pujol (Barcelona, 1946) has worked in different media and founded his own company in 1990. Always interested in the personal stories behind the facts he explains, in his first professional stage he was an intimist interviewer, both aggressive and compassionate –especially to
himself- and he still is. Married with two children, he had previously written, among other things,
loads of children’s tales. He was awarded the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona in 1986 for his series on
the metropolitan vocation in Barcelona at El País.
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A book as small as the world itself, as big
as the human soul
Selfishness, greed, cowardice, obsession,
frustration projected into the other… All in
all, the daily human sickness, the unavoidable
conflict and its consequences, all that is going to
damage victims who, often, neither they know
they are such. A handful of narrations with a
handful of characters that will not atone for their
faults or pretend to do it, because they do not even
consider they have something to atone for; while
others do not know they strive to get rid of a nonexistent blame inoculated into them. And amidst
this human jungle, goodness that does not prevail
but exists among the weed of those who are both
victims and tyrants: children and teenagers who
commit the crime of being so; adults who commit
the imprudence of not having overcome their
childhood.
“
These beautifully crafted
stories are more than
just some interesting
characters working out
their problems for our
entertainment.
“
October 2012 · 352 pages · Catalan
The singular voice of Ricard Biel is deployed here
with full swing, in nine classic tales that become
a compact and ambitious compilation, highly
literary and profound in surveying characters in
the inside –v¬ibrant and tight as the string of a
bow.
Ricard Biel (Badalona, 1970) is a writer and translator with a degree in English. He has contributed
to weekly publications in Barcelonès Nord, and to the cultural magazine Benzina as a columnist
and literary critic. With the novel Potser perquè érem nens (Maybe because we were children,
2009) he was awarded the Premi Just M. Casero. In 2011 he was awarded the journalistic award
Premi Recull with the essay Llenguatge en política i desafecció. (Language in politics and disaffection).
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Fiction
Fiction
FRANCISCO MONDINO · Novel
TITO DRAGO · Novel
With These Eyes of Mine
Never Again!
Transcending the limits of space and time, the
homage becomes a firm, clear, piercing scream
given out from the attachment to the best in
the human being, a scream that overcomes the
deepest horror and melts into light.
“
Storytelling is an anthropological tool, as a means
to stimulate reading and
listening, or, simply, as an
activity capable of generating a space to enjoy the
ancient pleasure or being
told a story.
Francisco Mondino
“
This book is a homage to all the women
and men who suffered different forms of
political repression through the almost
endless succession of dictatorial regimes
in Argentina.
April 2012 · 112 pages
The text opens up as a box whose interior is
lined with the most delicate silk (no matter how
unusual and disconcerting this image might seem
to allude to a highly complex and deeply painful
historical episode). And that is possible, mostly,
thanks to the softness of each and every word, to
the verbal economy and aesthetic intuition and
knowledge inherent to a first rate writer. This is
a work that points to what is truly fundamental.
Francisco Mondino (Buenos Aires, 1952) is a photographer and graphic designer. He defines himself professionally as an oral narrator, a storyteller, a trade he develops in primary and secondary
schools as part of the group «Telar de Palabras» (Loom of words).
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A story on how people can regain their
freedom and reinstate democracy,
leaving oppression and barbarity
behind.
Set in the Argentina of general Jorge Videla’s
dictatorship (1976-1981), this novel narrates the
life of a pacifist couple involved in syndicalism: a
man and woman who are convinced democrats
and, despite they have never taken up a weapon,
end up as victims of what that dictatorial and
repressive regime euphemistically called the «war
against terrorism».
“
Inspired by the real facts
that happened during
the second half of the
1970s in Argentina, Tito
Drago vividly evokes the
tense atmosphere of the
days of Jorge Videla’s
dictatorship.
“
August 2012 · 240 pages
It is, then, a story that truthfully elaborates
on reality and reveals not only the meaning
of a dictatorship to the reader, but also how
both citizens and minority sectors of the army
contributed and opposed to it.
Tito Drago is a writer and journalist born in Argentina and living in Madrid since 1977, where he is
in charge of the international news agency Inter Press Service (IPS). During the government of
Salvador Allende he was editor of the Socialist weekly magazine La Aurora de Chile. He has also
authored several books, among them El retorno de la ilusión. Pinochet: el fin de la impunidad (The
return of illusion. Pinochet: the end of impunity, RBA, 1999): www.titodrago.com
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Fiction
OPIUM AND SARDINES • Cesc Martínez • Novel
O
February 2011 · 197 pages · Catalan
Fe
A very personal exploration of the blurred historical memory of the period spanning the
Spanish Civil War, the transition to democracy and the present day.
Sp
When Fabre, a substitute teacher of social studies, finds himself with nothing to do during the hot
W
summer months, he decides to reconstruct the history of an old black and white photograph he has
su
found in a book, which shows a group of people in their Sunday best.
fo
UNDER THE SKIN • Tània Juste • Novel
October 2009 · 272 pages · Catalan
In Barcelona in 1924, the life of a young woman is about to change inexorably. Ever since the death
of her father, she and her mother have earned a living as tailors, working from home. But Elizabeth
is too young not to rebel against such a life of solitude. She wants to leave home, learn a trade, and
soak up the vitality she feels vibrating in the streets of Barcelona. It is a time full of political changes,
and in the years leading up to the proclamation of the Second Republic, Elizabeth embarks on her
long path of emancipation.
PRINCES • Josep Maria Carandell • Coming of Age Novel
PRI
September 2009 · 288 pages · Catalan
Sept
This edition recovers the only novel by the famous Catalan writer Josep Maria Carandell.
Barcelona in the early fifties. Eloi has just arrived in the city from his hometown Reus to study at
Barc
University of Commerce. Together with his cousin Damià Zapater and his friend Marcel de
the U
Barbarà
B
Bar
b he starts to explore the city. Eloi is a romantic idealist, young and restless, and searching
for a friend, love, his character and destiny.
UNDOING THE NAPKIN’S KNOT • Ramon Erra • Novel
March 2008 · 206 pages · Catalan
Winner of the 2008 Salambó Prize • English extract available
Desfent el nus del mocador is a story made up of memories about love, fate, survival and blame.
After suffering a traffic accident that disfigures him, an ageing waiter starts writing about the
parish church of the roadside bar where he worked all his life.
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Crime Fiction
LLORT · Crime Novel
If They Give You Up for Dead,
But One Day You Come Back
July 2012 · 224 pages · Catalan
“
“
This novel has the bare,
indisputable effect of a
tequila shot. Or a punch.
The bell rings. Which feelings stir inside
the mother when she opens the door and
recognises her son, the one who disappeared
years ago? How does she react, since he will not
tell her where he has been, or with whom? Since
he will not say a word about what happened.
Why Agustí has been fourteen years and a half
missing? And why has he come back? And,
missi
mostly, why is he forced to remain silent about
mostl
it?
Llort sets a puzzle with the background of a
painful walk through darkness. The journey
painf
that goes from innocence to maturity, with
stops in lies, self-improvement, violence,
redemption, doubt, guilt, waits and ever present
redem
love and
a death.
story that mingles different pasts
A relentless
rel
with one present. But, among the cracks of
mystery, there is still room for lyricism, dry
myste
deliveries, non-clichéd images and highlydelive
tuned dialogue.
Lluís Llort signs his novels only as Llort and some works as Lewis York. He started working
for the newspaper Avui in 1986, and he still works there, despite the paper press being in its
death throes, and the never-ending rotation of area, partners, editors, owners, titles… He has
published hundreds of articles, six novels and eight children’s books.
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Crime Fiction
Crime Fiction
SERGIO BUFANO · Crime Novel
AGUSTÍ VEHÍ · Crime Novel
A Bullet for Comissar Valtierra
When the Night Kills the Day
April 2012 · 144 pages
“
“
From 1976 to 1983, we
Argentinians learnt that
[...] when a dozen guerrilla
members died in a combat
that left no wounded in
both sides, [...] they had
been mercilessly killed.
Comissar Valtierra is the nostalgic and tangoloving chief of the Political Section in the Buenos
Aires police department, and has his hands covered
with blood. For all the tortures and murders in
which he has participated, a revolutionary group
has condemned him to death, and he must be
executed to avenge their comrades.
Among the members of the organisation there is
El Inglesito (The Little Englishman), an idealist
university student from the provinces who will
be participating in an execution for the first time.
His revolutionary decisiveness will nonetheless
clash with his personal scruples, his fears and the
uncertainty before the option of killing a man. A
crime, political and also ethically disturbing novel.
It is a deep reflection on justice, forgiveness, guilt,
punishment and all the suffering of Argentina
through the turbulent 20th century.
Sergio Bufano (1943) is a journalist and writer from Argentina. A left-wing political activist, he
was persecuted during the 1970s by the military dictatorship of general Videla and was forced
to exile to Mexico, where he continued his journalistic career as editor of various publishing
companies, and contributor to graphic media. He is the author of Cuentos de la guerra sucia
(Tales of a dirty war), for which he was awarded the Premio Nacional de Bellas Artes de
México. He currently codirects a publishing imprint devoted to political and social essays,
besides writing for several media.
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“
Apart from being a superb
thriller, this book offers a
parable on the complexity
of morality and the human
condition.
“
“Socialism is not a religion, despite having many worshippers. If the
mistakes made in its name are not
acknowledged, we will not be able to
advance in the necessary reflection
about the relation between violence
and politics”. - Sergio Bufano
December 2011 · 224 pages · Catalan
Winner of the 4th Crims de Tinta
Crime Novel Prize
Juan Antonio Hinojosa, a local representative of
the Falange, Franco’s right-wing political arm,
appears dead in his bed one night in March
1958. Someone has stuck a heavy wooden cross
to his skull and tied a metal belt around the
neck of the half naked body. In order to avoid
the government in Madrid insists
a scandal
sca
on aan informal and discreet investigation.
Consequently, Inspector Iríbar, of the crime
Cons
investigation department and Inspector Lopera,
invest
from the secret police, have different opinions
about the case. While the first seeks to discover
identity of the killer, the second tries to
the id
sabotage the investigation with unprecedented
sabot
arrogance. Are they faced with a political case,
arrog
a crime
crim of passion or revenge? With Hinojosa’s
background, anything is possible.
backg
With his naturalistic style, humour and a
touch of everyday realism, as well as his deep
understanding of the time period and the
under
workings of Franco’s police, Augustí Vehí has
worki
created a twisted crime novel that has earned
create
him the
t 4th Crims de Tinta Crime Novel Prize.
Agustí Vehí (Figueres, 1958) has a Ph.D. in history and works as an inspector in the local
police force of Figueres, where the novel is set. He is also lecturer in Prevention and Safety
at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).
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Crime Fiction
Crime Fiction
FRANCISCO GONZÁLEZ LEDESMA · Crime Novel
A Neighbourhood Novel
THE STORY OF GOD IN A CORNER
September 2010 · 384 pages
October 2007 · 304 pages
More detailed English resume
available
A neighbourhood Novel is a story of revenge.
After robbing a bank in the seventies, two thieves
kill a hostage, a young boy, as they flee. The novel
begins in present-day Barcelona, when one of the
robbers, Omedes, is murdered. Knowing he will
be targeted next, the other thief, Erasmus Leónidas
Pérez, tries to get ahead of the game by murdering
the man who must surely be the avenger: David
Miralles, the father of the boy killed during the
bank robbery. “is unleashes an inexorable spiral of
violence. Méndez, a one-of-a-kind, semiretired cop
employing rather unorthodox methods, intervenes
decisively to solve the case.
Sold to Italy, Portugal, Germany and France
“
Once we reach the last
page, we know two things:
first, that Una novela de
barrio is a simple story, like
all great stories, and second,
that we have just read a
classic of the genre.
What could have convinced old Méndez to leave Barcelona’s medieval walls behind and travel
to the Nile with a colt older than him in his hands? What could provoke such a fury in this
policeman for whom cynicism is a virtue?
“
Winner of the 2007 International
Crime Fiction award
Narrated in a concise, agile, and fluid style, and
featuring an ample display of resources, particularly
a cauterizing humour, this is a brilliantly written
crime novel with all of the ingredients of that
genre. “rough the use of short sentences and
Swiss paragraph changes, effective dialogue and
highly accurate descriptions, the author immerses
us, brushstroke by brushstroke, in a solid, wellrounded plot that grabs the reader on page one and
never lets up.
Francisco González Ledesma was born in Barcelona in 1927. He began writing at the age of
twelve and is now one of the best known crime novel authors in Spain. He has twice received
the Mystère Award for the best foreign novel published in France, for La Dama de Cachemira
(1989) and Cinco mujeres y media (2007). He has also received plenty of recognition for his
work as a lawyer and a journalist.
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From Barcelona’s underworld to Cairo’s necropolis via Madrid’s elegant neighbourhood,
Méndez will search breathlessly for the missing clue for what he has been suspecting for a
long time: the world absolutely deserves its bad reputation, and virtue is never found where
you think it should be.
A history of murderers, perversion, children and innocence, a story of old men that do not
accept what they had to see and live through.
THE CASHMERE LADY
October 2009 · 256 pages
Sold to Italy, Portugal, Germany and France
The mo
most famous policeman in the Spanish underworld is chasing a wheelchair through the
of Barcelona. From that chair a crime has been committed. And Méndez thinks
dirty streets
str
knows who is sitting on it.
he know
Winner of the Mystére Prize for the best crime novel published in 1986 in France, The
Cashmere
Lady is the irrefutable proof that for Méndez, even though twenty five years have
Cashme
Cas
h
passed,
p sed, time is just an inappropriate coincidence: his novels, just like him, do not grow old.
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pa
ABOUT INSPECTOR MÉNDEZ
Inspector Méndez is a man who acts against the current and does not believe in the law or the goodness
of all beings, but does believe in justice, and remains a humanist. Méndez, along with the city of Barcelona
and the changes that take place there throughout his career as a policeman, viewed through his own
memory and that of the characters encountered throughout the series, constitute the center of what
could be considered a poetic, rather than solely thematic, work. Méndez is street-wise, expert, ironic and
disbelieving, a man who has seen it all, and lives with one foot in the past and the other in the present.
He is the philosopher who knows that he has no future, and that his world, the only world he knows, is
doomed, perhaps fortunately, to disappear.
The cashmere lady and The Story of God in a corner were first published in 1986 and 1991 respectively.
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JULI ALANDES · Crime Novel
Dawn of the Fortunate
May 2010 · 192 pages · Catalan
“
“
Discover a new
Catalan voice obsessed
with crime.
Shortlisted for the 2nd Crims de Tinta
Crime Novel Prize
A classic crime novel with all the ingredients of the genre, a red-hot topic and
an unassuming antihero with irresistible charm.
English extract available
Miquel O’Malley, son of an Irish father and
Catalan mother, is a local police inspector
a Catal
reader of crime novels. Though
and passionate
pas
currently on sick leave because of depression,
currentl
encourage him to return to his
his colleagues
colle
childhood home in Valencia to take up a very
childhoo
special case
c of real estate speculation.
Assuming the identity of a special agent for
Assumin
environmental issues, O’Malley arrives at the small
environm
where three dead bodies have shown
town Bellvig,
Be
local authority, an employee of a brothel
up: a lo
and a sstreet prostitute. At first sight everything
indicates that the murdered people were victims
indicate
of a crime
crim of passion, but with the help of Mat, a
O’Malley unravels a whole world
local journalist,
jou
secrets and interconnections.
o secret
of
Juli Alandes is a native of Valencia. Among other things more or less confessionable, he
works as a secondary school teacher and spends his free time writing. Currently he is
working on his next novel.
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JUANJO GONZÁLEZ & EDUARDO GONZALO
Being Barça
September 2012 · 256 pages
Total football
“
“
Excellent! A brilliant
examination of why the
club’s fates and fortunes
always go well beyond
the game itself.”
A unique, visual and gripping tale
about the philosophy of a club that has
become a worldwide phenomenon and
an intimate look at how the club operates from within.
FC Barcelo
Barcelona is much more than just a football
club. It is tthe personal identity of the Catalan
their pride and glory, and a symbol for
people, the
progressivism and rebellion. During Franco’s
progressivis
oppression the relation between supporters and
became closer as the club was more
the team b
and more aassociated with Catalan nationalism.
narrative perfectly captures the essence of
“is narrativ
fragmented by history, language and
a club fra
failing to inform on a neutral
politics, without
wi
basis. Unique
Uniq among the world’s biggest clubs,
Barcelona has stayed true to its origins as
FC Barcelo
institution. It is effectively a
a quasidemocratic
quasidem
members club, made up of the 170,000
private mem
supporters whose subscriptions bankroll the
team, but a sense of ownership extends across
itself. Being a Barça fan is an attitude,
Catalonia it
philosophy that affects every day life. At the
a philosoph
heart of the book is the struggle for this unique
iidentity
id
entity to survive the commercial colonization
off the sport:
o
spor an essential and revealing portrait
for anyone with even the most remote interest in
football and its values.
Juan José Gonzalez Lamua is a renowned sports journalist who has worked with players,
coaches and assistants at FC Barcelona for the past decade. When he is not on a football pitch
he can be found writing about football together with co-author Eduardo Gonzalo Navarro.
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Non-Fiction
CARLOS ARRIBAS & SERGI LÓPEZ-EGEA
MARC SERENA
Legendary Summits
Round Trip 25
February 2011
Sold to Great Britain (Mousehold Press)
“
A riveting cycle memoir
of the world’s greatest
sporting event
“
2013 is the 100th anniversary of the
Tour de France!
If the Tour were a saga, the mountains would be
the only possible place for the heroic exploits. If it
were a war, there would be no better battlefield. If
the Tour were a legend, the heroes, gods and semigods could only inhabit the mountain peaks. If it
were a Way of the Cross, the 14 stations would be
14 cols. The Tour is the mountain: legend, war,
myth and saga all in one and more, to become the
ideal stage for memory. And this is the subject of
the present book, which could be the topography
of legend or a military map, with such places as
Tourmalet, Aubisque, Alpe d’Huez, Ventoux,
Sestriere, Puy de Dôme, Galibier, Izoard and Pra
Loup, so many unique places that have allowed
human beings to experience the solitude of the
hero and go beyond themselves, the human race,
our miseries. Legendary Summits is also about
them, about their resounding victories, their
dismal defeats, their struggles against destiny,
everything that has allowed them to gain a place
in our hearts.
“
· 288 pages · Catalan
Sold to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong,
Macao and Korea.
His blog
www.lavueltadelos25.com
won the LONELY PLANET
Travel Blogger Award in nonEnglish language in 2009.
“
June 2005 · 280 pages
English extract available
When Marc Serena was 25 he was saving money
to buy a car but then changed his mind and
decided to spend it on a multicultural trip in
order to spend time with other people of his own
age. His aim was to see first-hand the present
future of 25 countries through the eyes and
and fu
perspectives of the locals, to discover which
persp
things he had in common with them, how they
lived, what problems worried them… As a result,
travelled from Africa to Asia and Australia and
he tra
all over
ove the globe, looking for 25 different stories
from the
t people aged 25 he met on his trip.
Each chapter begins with the name of the person,
city, country and the date on which the author
job, ci
visited it. The way he met each of the 25 people
was ccompletely different: some meetings were
arranged, others took place by chance. “Each
arrang
country was completely different. What I had
count
learnt from the previous country didn’t serve me
for the
th next one, so every time I crossed a border
it was a totally new experience and I had to start
from tthe beginning,” he stated in an interview.
Carlos Arribas (Arevales, 1966) was a professional cyclist with the team BH (later AmayaSeguros) and Artiach until 1992. Nowadays he works as a sport journalist for El País and
covers all the major cycling events in the world.
Sergi López-Egea (Barcelona, 1960) Works for the newspaper El Periódico. He has personally witnessed 21 Vueltas a España, 7 Giro d’Italia and 16 World Cups. In 2010 he received
the “Médaille de la fidélité” from the organization of the Tour de France, for having covered
the Tour for over 20 years.
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Marc Serena was born in Manresa in 1983. As a journalist he cooperates with radio stations
(Catalunya Radio, RAC1, Radio Bélgica…), television (TVE-1. Canal 33, BTV…) and newspapers
(Avui, El Periódico, Público…) on a daily basis.
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ROME STORIES
RO
Enric González
I did not know Enric
González until I read New
York Stories. The word
‘striking’ is no exaggeration:
few books have given me
such satisfaction as this one.
José Saramago
“
“
May 2010 · 144 pages
They say Rome is the Eternal City. Time passes slowly through its streets, it is chaotic and paused,
full of melancholy. The book presents a peculiar, and personal, vision of Rome: its cats, Caravaggio’s
paintings, John Keats’s grave, bureaucracy, the best pizzeria in town and the most sublime coffee
pain
you can have, Aldo Moro’s body and the Pope, Berlusconi and Saint Peter’s dome, and much, much
more.
m
or Everything Enric González has seen and thought should be seen by us, too, is in this book.
More than 45,000 copies sold
Rights sold to Portugal
(Tinta da China)
Top Ten of
Portugal’s bestseller list
LONDON STORIES
March 2010 · 175 pages
The author loved London long before he got to know it, but journalism and some unexpected
circumstances allowed him to actually move to the city, where he met many interesting people
and got to know the hidden corners of this wonderful place: the narrow streets of Whitechapel,
the old football stadiums, the underground tunnels...
This personal guide was written when the author was already living in another city, implicating a
certain dose of nostalgia, timidly wrapped up inirony, there were other cities and other passions
in the years after, but there is no love like the first one. And there is no city like London.
NEW YORK STORIES
Febru
February 2010 · 144 pages
TH PRESS ON ENRIC GONZÁLEZ
THE
The reader gets hypnotized by Enric
Go
González’s style, and without noticing it
one will learn about another culture while
hav
having a lot of fun. Sergi Pàmies, El País
Some knowledge is totally unnecessary. One can live happily without ever knowing which gruesome incident happened on the Chrysler building, why the Yankees are New York’s major team,
what the link is between Saudi Arabia and Brooklyn Beer, why the fat of US meat is yellow that
that found
f
in Europe, in which bar Dylan Thomas drank his last whiskey or where you can taste
the best
b hamburger in Manhattan.
N York Stories tells us about all of this: about a roaring and wonderful city, about a black day in
New
Septe
September,
about a group of people and about three unforgettable friends…
Wr
Written
to be reread right after finishing it.
E. R
Rodríguez Marchante, ABC
Wit a correspondent who writes so briskly
With
and graceful about the city, plenty of
rea
readers will feel the need to visit it. Joan de
Sag
Sagarra, La Vanguardia
Enric González (Barcelona 1959) is a journalist, working as a correspondent for El País
from London, Paris, New York and Washington. He currently lives in the Middle East where
he is covering the Arab revolutions.
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CALCIO STORIES
June 2010 · 256 pages · Rights sold to Italy (Aísara)
It is impossible to talk about Italy without talking about football. Italians consider themselves to
be the founders of this sport, that they call “kick”. Politics, economy and social life, everything
depends (and not only metaphorically) on football.
Calcio implies violence, passion, tricks and money, but it is also a complex mechanism of symbols, a social code, a way through which a historic country like Italy expresses its wisdom.
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BACKLIST
GABRIEL MAGALHÃES
The Secrets of Portugal
AFRICAS · Bru Rovira
AFRIC
February 2011 · 192 pages
Februar
October 2012 · 192 pages
“
One of the most skillful
portraits written about
Portugal – ever!
“
Gabriel Magalhães reveals the secrets of
Portugal: its major lines of history, the
fundamental features of its culture, the
codes and manners of its people.
At a time when the world has become a smaller
place, this book offers us an unprejudiced,
insider’s view of our neighbors. The reader is
invited to stand on that forgotten balcony of
our house which is Portugal and contemplate
the peninsula we share and the world around us
from a new, surprising perspective. Portugal has
given the world such authors as Eça de Queirós,
Camões, Pessoa and Saramago. It is the cradle of
fado and of polemic football stars. At the same
time, it is now a State with a fragile economy
that has required a financial bailout. This book
provides a good basis for understanding today’s
Portugal.
Part tra
travelogue, part biography of a country, this is a riveting account of colonialism and its
effects on
o present-day Africa
THE TRIBES OF ISRAEL · Ana Carbajosa
April 2011 · 272 pages
After reading this book we cannot simply return to our simplistic views on Israel, a country
that, out of mere convenience, is seen as a homogenous block with people either for it or
against it. Things are never that simple.
CUBA IN SLOW MOTION · César González-Calero
January 2011 · 192 pages
Cuba is
i an island where the unexpected is lurking behind any corner: According to the author,
full of inhabitants who seem to have just escaped the film set of Alice in Wonderland. The
it is ful
protagonists of this book are sunset hunters, posh troubadours, a sax player with the air of a
protago
pipe smokers...
poet, occasional
poe
o
AMAZONIA - CHINA · Óscar Calavia
December 2011 · 144 pages · Premio Hotusa
Gabriel Magalhães is a Doctor of Hispanic and Portuguese Philology (PhD) who combines
teaching literature and doing research with writing. In addition to contributing assiduously
to the newspaper La Vanguardia, he has also published a number of essays and works of
fiction.
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Brazil and China seem to have little in common except that they are emerging economies, the
first one thanks to an abundance of natural resources and the latter one because of their even
bigger factories. In the western world we see them as opposites: the virgin nature on the one
side, the natural habitat of Indians, a symbol of freedom, and the absolute state on the other,
with Chinese slavery work ethics. However, both are closely linked to each other.
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Non-Fiction
PILAR RAHOLA
Pilar Rahola has received numerous awards for her lifework,
the most recent ones are:
The Islamic Republic of Spain
June 2011 · 280 pages
Why don’t we see demonstrations against Islamic
dictatorship in London, Paris or Barcelona?
Why aren’t there demonstrations against the
enslavement of millions of women who live
without any legal protection? Why aren’t there
demonstrations against the use of children as
human bombs where there is conflict involving
Islam? Why has there been no leadership in
support of the victims of Islamic dictatorship in
Sudan? Why is there no outcry by the European
left against Islamic fanaticism?
“
Pilar Rahola is known for her
denunciations of Islamic and
Arab dictatorships, as well as
for defending the rights of
women in Islamic societies. She
has received numerous death
threats and was designated an
‘enemy of Islam’ by Spanish
Muslim organizations.
“
A book against those who use religion,
culture and traditions to violate, enslave
and kill
This book is not about a clash of civilizations, but
aims to mediate between civilization and barbarism.
And if barbarism includes all those who use religion
and God to justify hatred, slavery, bigotry and
terrorism, civilization includes all those who fight for
freedom. “is is not, therefore, a book against Islam.
It is a book for all Muslims, men and women who
fight for their rights and so that their cultural identity
is not used to destroy their fundamental values. It is
also a book against those Muslims who, in the very
name of that identity, are destroying Islam while
trying to destroy us all. But this book is not born out
of fear, it is a book born out of the conviction that
today we are afraid to speak out.
Pilar Rahola (Barcelona, 1958) comes from a Republican and anti-Fascist family, and works
as a journalist and writer. As a former politician in ERC her areas of interest include women’s
rights, international human rights, and animal rights. She has covered the Eritrean-Ethiopian
War, the Balkan Wars, the Gulf War, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Rahola is married and has
three children, two of them adopted: one from Barcelona, the other from Siberia.
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Pilar Rahola was honored with the “Daniel Pearl Award 2010” by the AntDefamation League (ADL) for her commitment to a code of ethics in journalism
and her fight against anti-Semitism.
In 2011, UN Watch awarded her with the Morris Abram Human Rights Award for
her tireless championing of the rights of women and children, defending the rule
of law, and combating intolerance, racism and anti-Semitism.
Together with the ex-politicians Felipe González, José Maria Aznar and Jordi
Pujol, Pilar Rahola is recognized with the “Samuel Hadas Award 2012” by the
Israeli Embassy for her efforts to improve the relationship between the Jewish and
Spanish community, as well as her stand for tolerance and respect.
Pilar Rahola has been closely following the Middle East question for many years
and is an expert on the political, fiscal, and social geography of the area. She is
a fervent fighter against media distortion and the current criminalization of the
state of Israel. The battle against anti-Semitism has become one of her priorities.
This struggle is reflected in dozens of speeches and articles, most prominently
her reference text “On behalf of Israel” and her speech “The Jews and the flies”
at UNESCO in Paris in May 2003, which was one of the first European texts that
denounced the left and the role of journalists, whom she accused of promoting the
current wave of anti-Semitism. Both were translated into many languages.
Voted Nr. 1 of the Top 10 Non-Jews Positively Influencing the Jewish Future 2012 by one of
the most important Jewish newspapers in the US, The Alegemeiner.
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LALI SANDIUMENGE
MARC MARGINEDAS
Warriors of the Keyboard
Journalism in the Heart of the Jihad
September 2012 · 192 pages
“
“
An honest, exhaustive and
mostly revealing book: reading
it, it is possible to understand
what all those imprisoned, persecuted, tortured, battered and
censored young people felt
when Mubarak, who wanted to
perpetuate in power, announced he was leaving.
Together with her family, the journalist moved
to Cairo in 2004, looking for a change in their
lives and a place to be a freelancer. It was there
where Sandiumenge started following a series of
bloggers who, with lots of difficulties, explained
their experiences in a country that repressed
freedom of speech. It did not take her long to find
a brutal, extremely hard reality, one that still had
not become news outside the borders of touristy
Egypt: the ruthless persecution and torture of
the young people that shared an online space
where they reported the injustices they suffered.
Sandiumenge did not hesitate to contact these
bloggers, the “warriors of the keyboard” to find
out what was really happening in the Arab world
(it was not only happening in Egypt) and why no
one was talking about it in the West.
Lali Sandiumenge (Barcelona, 1965) is a journalist specialized in international information.
She has spent most of her professional life abroad and has lived in Lima, Brussels, Rabat and
Cairo. She has contributed to several media such as La Vanguardia, TimeOut and TVE. She
discovered the world of blogs and their power as a tool for social change when she arrived
in Egypt in 2004 and started a research in digital activism that she is still conducting.
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“
Given the tense state of
the world, this volume
could not come at a better time
“
After a long research, this book studies the role
of Internet to promote freedom of speech and
the democratic fight in the Arab world, but
mostly it explains in a journalistic report the
thrilling story of a group of boys and girls who
benefit, both courageously and creatively, from
all the possibilities granted by Internet and
social media to raise awareness, to politicize and
mobilize a generation everyone believed to be
asleep.
June 2012 · 256 pages
This title is a healthy exercise of selfcritique trying to present war correspondents not as heroes from another
galaxy, but as they are: human beings
with fears, doubts and imperfections
From the C
Civil War that covered Algeria with
blood in the
th 1990s to the uprising of the Syrian
Revolution against president Bashar al-Assad in
reporter Marginedas revives, in his first
2011, repor
using the formula of the short story,
book and u
transcending moments lived in fifteen
the most tr
experience: the massacres
years of professional
pr
of Algerian civilians, the reconquest of Chechnya
by Russia, the
t Anglo-American invasion of Iraq,
offensive of Lebanon, or the combats
the Israeli o
Lebanese desert between revolutionary
in the Leb
youngsters and the forces of Muammar Gaddafi.
takes of the opportunity to share with the
And he take
and problems faced by a
reader the vicissitudes
v
journalist rreporting from that part of the world:
self-censorship, ambiguous relations to the
self-censors
rush, real motivations, moral dilemmas
power, rush
professional mistakes.
and even simple
si
Marc Marginedas has been a special correspondent in conflict zones for El Periódico de Catalunya since 2002. Previously, he was correspondent in Moscow between 1998
and 2002, as well as correspondent in Algiers and Rabat between 1995 and 1998 for that
same publication. He has collaborated with the BBC, both in their world and Spanish service, and he has published articles in Le Monde Diplomatique and The World Today.
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Non-Fiction
JOSÉ ENRIQUE RUIZ-DOMENÈC
Listening to the Past
EUROPE. KEYS TO ITS HISTORY
EUROP
March 20
2010 · 384 pages · Sold to France (Ed. Saint-Simon)
August 2012 · 224 pages
An essay on music and history written
by someone who is convinced that
Europe will be whatever its music is.
After the critical success of Europa, las claves de
su historia (Europe, the keys to its history), José
Enrique Ruiz-Domènec has written a book on
classical music which brims with originality.
A fascina
fascinating book on an idea, the idea of an unfinished Europe, which is being built as we speak.
But, as the
th author says, “It is completely useless to go ahead without knowing what is left behind.”
“Profound without being
obscure; rigorous but
agile, full of suggestions
and winks to the
intelligence of the reader”
Organized in nine sessions, the book draws a
trajectory through the history of music in the last
eight hundred years; a trip where music provides
access to an interesting range of topics: from culture
to politics, through economy and the events in the
lives of some singular characters, always willing to
listen to the past: How did polyphony affect the
Gothic period? Why was Purcell witness to the
Glorious Revolution of 1688? Did Bach consider
the attempt of exile of Frederick the Great when
composing some violin pieces? What did Berlioz
intend by adding music to the Three Glorious Days
in 1830? What did the escape of Brahms to Vienna
meant, disillusioned as he was with the German
ideals that had fascinated Wagner?
José Enrique Ruiz-Domènec was born in Granada. He is a professor of Medieval History
and the Director of the Institute for Medieval Studies at the Autonomous University of
Barcelona, a full member of the Real Academia de Buenas Letras, a scriptwriter, director of
television documentaries and a contributor to the literary supplement of La Vanguardia in
Barcelona. His previous books have been translated into Italian and Catalan.
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SPAIN, A NEW HISTORY
November 2009 · 1152 pages
A fascinating tale of Spain’s historic reality.
An enthusiastic and critical analysis of Spanish history, essential for anyone who wants to understand the current state of affairs in Spain.
CATALONIA, SPAIN
CATAL
January 2011
2
· 192 pages · Catalan
Review of a relationship the industrial revolution, pop music, sport and major public events at
have led to convergence and at times radical alienation and disaffection between Catalunya
times hav
and Spain.
Spain How are the feelings, politics and history of both intertwined?
SHORTLISTED FOR LE PRIX DU LIVRE EUROPÉEN IN 2010
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Non-Fiction
JOSEP RAMONEDA
ENRIC JULIANA
The Necessary Left
Modest Spain
March 2012 · 256 pages
“
“
A fundamental reading
for all of those who resist
plunging into resignation
and impotence.
A defence of politics to save democracy
This book is an invitation to react to the triumph
of money and arrogance. Being well inside the
economic, political, social, cultural and moral
crisis, without seeing the light at the end of the
seems as if there are no alternatives but
tunnel, it se
to comply with the austerity and deregulation
by the European elites. But the
recipes imposed
imp
claims there actually is an alternative. Or
author claim
there should be. Because democracy
at least, th
exist without alternatives.
cannot exis
This book delves into the causes of the
“disappearance” of the left and alerts to the loss
“disappeara
democratic quality in Western societies as well
of democra
dangers of the “tyranny of indifference”.
as to the da
But also, and
an mostly, it encourages the reaction
of those who
wh will not resign themselves and still
the ideas of progress, justice, freedom
believe in th
equality.
and equalit
Josep Ramoneda (Cervera, 1949) is a philosopher, journalist, writer and director of several essay collections. He managed the Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona between 1989 and 2011 and contributes to several newspapers and radio programs.
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A political chronicle of the current state
of affairs in Spain, going through the
main scenarios from the latest political congresses to the threat of ruin in
Southern European countries
Spain has gone from economic euphoria to
serious concerns regarding the future. What
changes, opportunities, risks, tensions or
uncertainties can the people expect in the
upcoming years, both in the national and
international arena?
“
Eric Juliana is one of the most
influential and better-informed
political analysts of the national
journalistic panorama, and he
provides with lucid and smart
answers.
“
September 2012 · 256 pages
The current economic crisis is not only going
to be a parenthesis in Spain: nothing will be
as it used to. Despite conventional political
discourses are playing with the supposedly
reassuring metaphor of the parenthesis, Spain
might never be able to get back to the high levels
of consumption, speculation and hedonism of
the past two decades. A stage is over, and Spain
is to become a definitively modest country.
Enric Juliana Ricart (Badalona, 1957) publishes daily political chronicles from Madrid in La
Vanguardia which have particularly followed the last years of the Spanish economic situation. He was an Italy correspondent for La Vanguardia in the 1990s and contributor to TVE
and El País. He is the author of La deriva de España (Spain adrift), published in 2009 by
RBA, where he analysed the first effects of the economic crisis.
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ENRIQUE BARÓN
TEO URIARTE
The Insurgent Americas
Peace Processes. Testimony of a Protagonist
March 2012 · 320 pages
A wonderful essay, very
well supported, very
readable and with highly
valuable insight on the
current circumstances
“
Mario Vargas Llosa
“In this bicentenary of independences
I am sure this book is going to be of
extreme help to understand how Latin
American countries achieved independency without breaking with Spain”. Alain Touraine
This book
b
offers a historical, sociological,
economic
econom and political analysis of the key
aspects that gradually forged the insurgent spirit
in America
and led to the independence of a
Ame
continent
contine Europeans had been trying to make
in its own
ow image, but where, due to cultural and
racial miscegenation,
new societies were born.
m
The author
shows how the ideas of British
au
liberalism
liberalis from authors such as Milton, Locke or,
subsequently,
Stuart Mill influenced the political
subsequ
attitude of the colonizers, and how decisive was
the Constitution
delivered by the constituent
Co
assembly
assemb in the city of Cadiz in 1812. Now that
is the bicentenary of that historic milestone,
integration
is still to be achieved; despite it
integrat
has rec
received a new democratic and economic
impulse in the Latin American countries thanks
to globalisation
processes.
globa
Enrique Barón Crespo (Madrid, 1944) was a lawyer specialized in human rights under the
Franco dictatorship, and became a constituent deputy once democracy arrived. As a minister in the Spanish government he was in charge of negotiating the inclusion of Spain into
the European Community, and later, in the decades from 1980 to 2000, he was a deputy
and president of the European Parliament. Also, he was president of the European Socialist
Group. He has combined his activity as a politician and teacher with authoring several books.
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Explaining the end of ETA
The commotion that terrorism causes in society
not only makes it into an instrument in the
hands of its perpetrators, but many times it
is also manipulated for the benefit of those in
power and those managing media. The long
history of ETA can be explained by the support
of many Basque citizens, but also by how it has
been exploited by political parties -as in the
exceptionally candid statement attributed to the
historical leader of the PNV, Xabier Arzalluz:
«Some shake the tree, others pick the nuts”-, and
by the many mistakes made by the State.
“
The testimony of one of
the main protagonists
of terrorism.
“
“
2012 · 464 pages
Throughout this book, these questions are
analysed in the period of time comprised from
the process of Burgos to the current police
defeat of ETA, followed by a paradoxical
political victory of its followers after a long
process of negotiation with the government of
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. A complex and
contradictory frame that is no longer so when
conducting a serene analysis of the keys that, to
the surprise of some, are in full view of everyone.
Eduardo Uriarte Romero (Sevilla, 1945) has been a Basque parliamentary for two terms.
His nickname Teo, Teo Uriarte, comes from his affiliation to ETA when he was young, which
had him arrested and condemned to two death sentences in the process of Burgos of 1970.
Those sentences were commuted for thirty years in prison, but he actually spent eight years
with his partner and friend, the already deceased Mario Onaindia. In 1977, after the death of
Franco, they both were “estranged» to Belgium and subsequently granted amnesty. They
shared the creation of Euskadiko Ezkerra, participated in the process of the political and
military liquidation of ETA and later they both joined the PSOE. He was awarded the order
of Constitutional Merit in 2003.
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Non-Fiction
FRANCESC-MARC ÁLVARO
VICENTE PALOMERA LAFORGA
Between Lies and Obscurity
From the Personality to the Core of the Symptom
May 2012 · 144 pages
Qué Leer
“
“
An intense journey through a
series of cases related to collective memory, stricken with
pain and lack of memory
A daring work inviting to think about
the raw material of our personal and
collective identity, about what is left
in our minds and hearts once time has
sifted through them.
Every memory is a subtle elaboration, very
fragile and complex. It is a combination of what
remembered and what is forgotten, where we
is rem
the impact of the traumas we live and also of
feel th
the lies,
lie the disfigurement and the propaganda.
We are
ar memory or we are not.
With his characteristic forceful and expressive
style, Francesc-Marc Álvaro goes through
several specific cases related to world, combining
severa
political, literary, film, art and daily examples in
politic
diverse places such as Buenos Aires, Berlin,
so div
New York, Paris, Mauthausen, Warsaw, the
trenches of the Ebro battle, Madrid or Barcelona:
trench
collective memory embedded in our present
collec
and controversy, with the bittersweet
with pain
p
ertaste of the shadows and the erased names.
afterta
“
An outstanding book,
easy to understand and
with all of the pertinent
information you need to
learn about the psychology of personality!
“
September 2012 · 192 pages
An invaluable guide to Lacanian psychoanalysis
To make personality into the most characteristic
trait in the mind structure and to conceive its
unity and totality as being similar to the reality
of the organism might seem obvious, but, is it
not tthe mind a totality in itself?
On the
t contrary, the symptom is the opposite of
personality and it brings the singularity trait
the p
each speaker with it. Personality is paranoid
of ea
far as it only accentuates the imaginary unit
as fa
and falls for the illusion of “being alone against
everyone”.
every
Thus,
us between the personality and the symptom
there is a rupture, and psychoanalysis is precisely
based on getting rid of all that belief in the ego,
base
rid of the primitive paranoia to access
on getting
ge
of the symptom and to know how to act
the core
c
with it.
As a traveller who will not resign to choose
between nostalgia and indifference, the author
betwe
questions himself about the value of our
questi
recent past considering how our current world
enthrones what is ephemeral.
enthr
Francesc-Marc Álvaro (1967) is a writer, columnist and journalism professor at Universitat
Ramon Llull. He has worked in radio, newspapers and magazines, and he contributes to La
Vanguardia since 2000. He has received several professional awards, the most prominent
being the Premi Nacional de Periodisme. (www.francescmarcalvaro.cat)
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Vicente Palomera Laforga is a psychoanalyst, member of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis and the World Association of Psychoanalysis, who teaches at its clinical section in
Barcelona. He has a PhD in psychoanalysis from Université Paris 8. He has presided over the
European Federation of the Schools of Psychoanalysis from 2007 to 2010. He has authored
several articles in specialized magazines.
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BACKLIST
HISTORY OH THE ANARCHISTIC MOVEMENT IN SPAIN · Josep Termes
HISTOR
TAMARA, LAURA, TANIA · Gustavo Rodríguez Ostria
TAMAR
june 201
2011 · 720 pages
March 20
2011 · 448 pages
In a century
cent
marked by revolutionary ideas and political confrontation, anarchism has not been spared
persecution, separatism and violence. This meticulously researched document sheds light impartially
persecut
on the rise
ri and fall of anarchism in Spain, which passed from being an anarchist stronghold in the XIX
century
centur
t y to a gradual decline in the post-Franco era.
On August
Augu 31st, 1967, a bullet hit the body of Laura Gutiérrez Bauer, better known
as Tania, the only woman in Che Guevara’s expedition to Bolivia.
THE ROSE OF FIRE · Joaquín Romero Maura
Who was she really? Tamara, Laura, or Tania? One, or all three of them?
TATI ALLENDE · Margarita Espuña
June 2010 · 224 pages
June 2012 · 752 pages
Between 1898 and 1909, a series of events happened in Barcelona, the centre of the political,
olitical,
social and economic Spanish life, which had repercussions throughout the country: the
he raise
of the working class meant the creation of the first modern party of their kind in Spain;
terrorism imposed as a daily reality; anarchism became organized; a general strike took
k place,
and finally, the Tragic Week.
THE S
SACRED WRATH · Manuel Delgado
20
April 2012
· 256 pages
A book about anticlericalism, iconoclasm and anti-ritualism in contemporary Spain.
During the summer of 1936 an extraordinary exterminating wrath unleashed against places,
objects
object
obj
e s and
a representatives of the Spanish catholic cult.
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In novelistic episodes based on the limited documentation existing, Margarita Espuña
recreates a brilliant and exciting biography of a brave and honest woman who became a victim
of the troubled history of Latin America in the second half twentieth century.
MY ID
IDEA OF EUROPE · Felipe González
October 2010 · 240 pages
Octobe
A stron
strong promoter of the European Union, Felipe González reflects on Europe’s past, present
future. Though not always without controversy, his witty way of writing avoids clichés
and fut
and
gives us an insightful glance into possible ways to shape this still unfinished dream we
and giv
Europe.
call Eur
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Children’s Literature
Children’s Literature
VARIOUS AUTHORS
Classical Tales
French Rights sold to Canada
An updated collection of fairy tales from a wide array of classical works make a delightful collection of
immortal tales which were passed down from generation to generation. Perfect for parents and children to
read together. The following beautifully illustrated stories are included:
DREAMFUL FAIRY TALES · Illustrations by Macus Romero
October 2010 · 92 pages
Peter and the Wolf / Thumbling / Sinbad the Sailor / The Tortoise and the Hare / The Magic Grinder / Rumpelstiltskin /
The Nightingale / The Shoemaker and the Elves / The Town Mouse and the City Mouse / The Beanstalk / The Twelve
Dancing Princesses / The Ant and the Grasshopper / The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep.
UNFORGETTABLE FAIRY TALES · Illustrations by María Jesús Álvarez
October 2009 · 92 pages
Beauty and the Beast / Little Thumb / Rapunzel / The Ugly Duckling / The Musicians of Bremen / Fairies / The
Seven Billy Goats and the Wolf / Donkeyskin / The Snow Queen / The Brave Little Tailor / The Little Mermaid / The
Emperor’s New Clothes / Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves / The Steadfast Tin Soldier.
llero,
aba
c
ombrero.
abra tenía el extraño
el s
s de c
a
d
t
o
Pa
itos le salían por debaj
c
e
n
r
cue
EVERLASTING FAIRY TALES · Illustrations by Marta Chicote
October 2008 · 92 pages
The Princess and the Pea / Hansel and Gretel / Snow White / Aladdin and the Magic Lamp / The Pied Piper of Hamelin /
Sleeping Beauty / Little Red Riding Hood / Puss in Boots / The Milkmaid / Cinderella / Three Little Pigs / The Story
of the Three Bears.
onto que rapidito quí a
r
p
l pajarito
es a
ás
a
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t
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me
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Children’s Literature
M. HERNÁNDEZ & ARO SÁINZ DE LA MAZA · Children aged 1-100
Tales from Every Corner of the
Earth
XAVIER VERNETTA · Children Age 11+
Tangier’s Dream
October 2008 · 480 pages
“
“
This book will break your heart,
then inspire you, and hopefully
move you into looking at how
you can use your life to make
a positive difference.
English extract available
Rights sold to the Basque Country
(Elkar)
A boat with twelve Moroccan immigrants reaches
the Andalusian coast. Just arriving, they are
caught by the Spanish police, all but one: Akram,
who is
i able to hide from the police and set out for
Paris, where his uncle lives and works. “us begins
Akram’s journey to the city of his dreams. He will
Akram
meet people that will help him, but nothing will
easy: xenophobia, anguish, danger, hunger
be ea
and ffear are travel companions that are very
cult to bear.
difficu
Xavier Vernetta was born in Barcelona in 1956. He is a popular author of more than 15
novels, plays and short stories. The Man with the White Jaguar and It will be Night are
also available at RBA. In 2003 he received the Fiction Prize by the Fundació Enciclopèdia
Catalana.
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Stories from different corners of the world
told by their people.
Legends, fables, extraordinary happenings,
beautiful princesses and princes, ugly ogres,
animals large and small, fearless children who
become involved in the most fabulous and crazy
adventures, and much more. Tales from Every
Corner of the Earth is a book to return to a world
of illusion. These children’s stories originate
from other cultures with a rich oral tradition, a
collection of over 50 fantastic tales from around
the world:
“
A true longseller!
“
May 2011 · 96 pages · Catalan
Ukraine, Panama, Algeria, Armenia, Serbia,
Seychelles, Austria, Honduras, Vietnam, Finland,
Nigeria, Australia, Cyprus, Malaysia, Guatemala,
Moldova, Syria, Nicaragua, Mauritius, Netherlands,
South Korea, Togo, Portugal, Indonesia…
The authors, Josep María Hernández Ripoll and Aro Sáinz de la Maza have travelled
around the world in order to collect the stories in person. Each storyteller is presented at
the end of the chapter.
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Children’s Literature
ILLUSTRATED BY SARA MANZANO · Children Age 1-100
Fairy Tales from All Over the World
March 2010 · 350 pages
Many of today’s fairy tales have evolved from
centuries-old stories that have appeared, with
variations, in multiple cultures around the
world. They typically feature folkloric characters, such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, dwarves, giants or gnomes.
“
The multicultural
quality of fairy tales
teaches children that
people all over the
world share many of
the same values and
concerns.
“
Did you know that only a small number of
fairy tales actually refer to fairies?
This book shares fairy tales from different
countries and cultures all over the world. The
stories, some of which are well-known and
others less familiar, reflect the huge wealth
and diversity of fables and fairy tales. Lovingly
illustrated, they lead us into a world full of adventure and wisdom.
Sara Manzano is a freelance illustrator who creates her images with the help of a pencil
and photoshop. She is open to all styles and particulary likes strange animals, fantastic
creatures, anatomy sketches and manga. www.saramanzano.com
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Comic Books
Comic Books
MANUEL BARTUAL · Comic
MANEL FONTDEVILA · Comic
Sexorama
A Guide for Desperately Inexperienced Parents
April 2011 · 96 p
pages
g
April 2008 · 128 pages
Sold to France (Fluide Glacial)
and Italy (Linus)
An illustration of just how real and
ridiculous love can be
A witty but sinful dissection of the world of
sex and relationships. One-night stands, auto
fellatio, infidelity, threesomes, erections, pillow
talk, sex at work or f*** records are only some
of the many issues discussed in this book.
Charming and explicit!
We are home. Now what?
Many couples think that making babies is like
making a cup of tea. Curiously, unlike with
tea, the preparation and maintenance of babies
is surrounded by a thousand theories and
conventions, which are often contradictory (if
not downright absurd), whose only function
seems to be bullying parents and forcing them
to buy guides like this.
WE ARE PARENTS, NOT PERSONS · March 2010 · 96 pages
After the success of A Guide for Desperately Inexperienced Parents here is the
long-awaited
sequel!
longManuel Bartual has two arms, two legs, two hands, two feet and a lot of fingers. However,
he only has one head, though he would need more because he not only writes comic
books, draws cartoons and runs a magazine but also collects Hulk dolls and joins all the
social networks he comes across.
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Manel Fontdevila works for the satirical magazine El Jueves and has drawn 7 books full of
comic strips about The Couple, which have won numerous prizes over the last 10 years.
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Practical Non-Fiction
INSTITUT CATALÀ DE LA CUINA · Catalan Cookbook
Corpus of Catalan Cooking
February 2011 · 512 pages
The Catalan counterpart to the Italian
Silver Spoon
This Corpus of Catalan cooking brings together
Catalonia’s culinary heritage: it is the most
comprehensive cookbook ever made of our
gastronomy and offers lovers of fine cuisine,
both amateur and professional, a practical and
comprehensible guide to the traditional dishes of
our country and which are part of our identity.
This book can be considered the most important
and systematic collection of Catalan recipes
ever undertaken. The more than 1,136 entries
are arranged alphabetically, both numerically
and by type of dish.
www.cuinacatalana.eu
The Institut Català de la Cuina was founded in 2001 and has established Catalan cuisine as a
brand. It evaluates, homologates and validates Catalan recipes throughout Catalonia with the
aim of being able to systematically track traditional dishes and establish an inventory of them.
The Corpus has been officially recognized by the Institut Européen d’Histoire et des Cultures
de l’Alimentation (IEHCA), which forms part of the UNESCO. They also award a quality seal
that helps identify Catalan dishes and products in restaurants and supermarkets.
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Practical Non-Fiction
Creative Cooking
Iker Erauzkin · May 2012 · 144 pages
MEAT RECIPES
“
“
APPETIZERS
Learn how to cook haute
cuisine in three simple and
easy steps!
There is a recipe for every occasion. Our cook,
Iker Erauzkin, knows that and has developed
a collection of recipes that will become
indispensable in your kitchen.
FISH RECIPES
NOODLE &
RICE RECIPES
VEGETABLES &
LEGUME RECIPES
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Each volume in this collection presents 40 tasty
recipes with three possible variations, each
adding a level of difficulty to the plate. Discover
tasty and healthy recipes for learners and
professionals: starting from basic recipes for any
day of the week, like spaghetti carbonara, our chef
will go on to teach you how to vary recipes for
special occasions and holidays, when you have
more time to cook, such as giving your spaghetti
carbonara a special touch by incorporating
truffle and poached egg. By incorporating more
sophisticated ingredients, you will soon be ready
to elaborate creative dishes for special occasions
in a few easy steps.
DESSERTS
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Practical Non-Fiction
INSTITUT CATALÀ DE LA CUINA · Catalan Cookbook
HOW TO COOK…
BLANCA HERP · Natural Cooking
The New Book on Natural Cooking
October 2012 · 336 pages
HOW TO COOK RICE · Roger Martínez
October 2008 · 240 pages
Roger Martínez
Martín is a chef at the restaurant La Mifanera and a rice specialist. In this book
he explains the
th best recipes to prepare risottos, stews, sauté rice and much more. The
from traditional proposals, like the classical paella, to the most innovative
recipes go fro
formulas, such
suc as fried rice snacks.
An easy, delicious vegetarian recipes
for day-to-day cuisine.
The vegetarian diet has been expanded with new
foods, cooking techniques and recipes that make
it appropriate for everyone and attractive to any
palate. This book brings you the latest information
and innovations in the field, updating the pioneering work on vegetarian cuisine in our country to
create a new classic for the 21st century. An essential book for enjoying vegetarianism at home.
“
“
In this comprehensive book series, we return to the very roots of cooking to
look at the techniques and the staple ingredients which underline the best
traditions of cookery.
Vegetarian cuisine
made simple!
• Contains over 240 recipes and color photographs
• New ingredients and superfoods
HOW TO COOK MEAT · Dani Lechuga
• Utensils and ecological materials
• The healthiest culinary techniques
March 2010 · 96 pages
dishes where meat is the protagonist, and this cookbook offers a
There are countless
cou
selection of the
t very best recipes, where the star ingredients are lamb, poultry, beef,
and game.
• How to create balanced meals
• Recipes for daily meals and for eating on the go
• Recipes for refreshing drinks
HOW TO COOK FISH · Francesc Morgadas
2009 · 192 pages
September 20
A journey alo
along the coast presenting the fish that can be found in Spanish markets,
its characteristics,
the different names by which it is known, the best way to
character
cook it, the measures and the ideal weight for consumption, and much more.
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700 EASY, FAST AND LUCIOUS RECIPIES TO INVITE YOUR
FRIE
FRIENDS OVER FOR · Clara González Marti
CHEAP AND
AN HEALTHY · Miguel Angel Almodóvar
June 2
2011 · 400 pages
January 2011 · 144 pages
Easy, because they are well-explained and use easy-to-find ingredients, and do not
need sophisticated equipment.
Hard bread, o
overripe fruit, cans past their shelf life... Every day we throw out
approximately a quarter of the food we have bought. With a little imagination,
approximatel
these leftover
overs can be converted into cheap and original dishes in no time!
Third edition
KITCHEN TRICKS · Graciela Bajraj
BREAKFAST IN MADRID. Sara Cucala
February 2011 · 144 pages
October 2009 · 320 pages
In this little gem of culinary literature, the expert Graciela Bajraj offers tricks to
make tastier dishes, save time and money and, most of all, solutions to everyday
stove dramas: burned dishes, clotted cream, overcooked vegetables...
In Madrid there are as many ways to have breakfast as bars. Breakfast in Madrid
offers us a tasty tour to the town before starting the day, from classic and traditional cafés to the most innovative and modern places.
English translation available.
COOKING FOR BEGINNERS · Salvador Moré
COO
February 2011 · 208 pages
Febru
When I wrote this book I did not know how to cook, but I was hungry. I craved for real
food instead of sandwiches, so I had no choice but to launch myself into the adventure:
I went
wen to the market and asked the traders to explain to me what I could cook with
what I bought.
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MARIANO BUENO · Natural Health
Cultivate Your Own Remedies
How to Grow Organic Vegetables with your Family
January 2012 · 400 pages
June 2012 · 192 pages
A reference work for those
willing to take care of their
health in a healthy, conscious and responsible way.
“
“
A classic title on organic gardening: more than 50,000 copies sold! A book for families who are
new to gardening as well as for those who already have a garden but would like to switch to
ecological growing.
The art of healing through plants has been the
most important tool with which humanity has
treated several ailments for centuries. An expert
on the remedies the generous nature has to
bring, Mariano Bueno provides with a complete
guide to identify the most beneficial medicinal
plants, to learn how the cultivate them at home
and to elaborate the most effective remedies with
each and every one of them.
From garlic, basil and aloe to camomile, mint,
sweet leaf, thyme and valerian. With this natural
kit, the reader might found healing for a variety
of problems such as burns, inflammations,
migraine, constipation, menstrual pain, cold, flu,
lumbago, tiredness, lack of sexual appetite and
whatever obstacles come between people and
their well-being.
-Discover the 30 healthiest plants and their
indications
-Cultivation techniques: inside homes, in
balconies and terraces, in cultivation tables,
gardens and soil
-Harvest and preservation of therapeutic plants
-How to prepare medicines: infusions, syrups,
cataplasms…
THE PRESS ON MARIANO BUENO
I like the Bueno style and his plant associations and rotations are just as valid in the UK as
in the Mediterranean. He seems very much at home with the plants he describes.
Anna Pavord, The Independent
I couldn’t put the book down until I’d finished it and it’s inspired me so much I can’t wait
to get started. Carol Ann Fuller
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HOW TO ENJOY YOUR HARVEST ALL YEAR ROUND
June 201
2010 · 160 pages
In his n
new book Mariano Bueno teaches us how to conserve the surplus fruit and plants from the
or found in the forest, like mushrooms, to enjoy them in our kitchen all year round. Step
garden o
by step, it explains all the conservation techniques in an ecological home: Drying and dehydrating,
heating in a double-boiler, freezing, preparing juices, jams and jellies, soaking in oil or vinegar,
canned
can
nned
n spirits, sugar-based syrup… This book offers recipes to conserve each vegetable, fruit or
aromatic plant.
aromati
HOW TO GROW VEGETABLES IN YOUR FLOWER-BED
January 2010 · 224 pages
Mariano Bueno and Jesús Arnau are renowned authors on ecological growing and self-sufficiency. In this little guide they tell us their secrets on how to combine the beauty of flowers
with an ecological vegetable garden. And not only in big gardens! You only need a small garden
or a balcony! This precious handbook helps us to understand how to take care and use: edible
flowers, aromatic and medicinal plants, vegetables and ornamental flowers in order to enjoy
your terrace all year round.
Mariano Bueno is an expert on and pioneer of Organic Agriculture, Geobiology and Green
Buildings. With his more than 15 books about healthier life choices he has become very
popular all over Spain and Latin America. He collaborates regularly with Spanish television,
where he has his own shows on natural health and ecological gardening.
His title Mediterranean Kitchen Garden is being published by Frances Lincoln in the UK
www.mariano-bueno.com
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“How to Heal” - The big series on natural health
HOW KEFIR HEALS · Mercedes Blasco
June 2012 · 112 pages
Vital alternatives for the health of the people and the planet
This collection includes some great titles in the history of Integral, now revised and updated, with reference
topics for everyone, written by the best national and international specialists and with a very dynamic and useful
approach and design for the reader.
«Kefir» designates both a lactic fermented product and the nodes that produce it. Kefir can also be
made from water or tea. Milk-based kefir is a drink with healing properties playing an important
role on the daily diet to repair and regenerate the organism. Some of the most prominent features
among the several virtues of this healthy food from the Caucasus are the power to regenerate the
intestinal flora, its antibiotic and antiviral action, and the improvement of physical appearance as
a reflection of good health.
A book with detailed instructions on how to elaborate all three variants of Kefir plus numerous
kitchen recipes, as well as external use preparations.
HOW GREEN TEA HEALS· Laura Álvarez
HO
June 2012 · 96 pages
Ju
Gr
Green
tea prevents cardiovascular illnesses, helps controlling diabetes, protects from certain
bacteria and virus and strengthens the immune system. It has been proved it is effective in
ba
preventing certain kinds of cancer, so that it is a fundamental part in every anticancer diet.
pre
Through the ingestion of green tea, it is possible to delay aging, balance the liquids in the body,
lose weight and control stress.
los
Be
Besides
all these therapeutic functions, this book provides insight into other common uses
for green tea: as a food preservative, as part of creams, suntan lotions and skin masks and to
provide scents for perfumes and deodorants.
HOW LEMON HEALS · Francesc Fossas
HO
HOW ALOE VERA HEALS · Montserrat Mulero
Oc
October 2012 · 128 pages
Al vera is specially indicated to solve acidity, allergies, asthma, cholesterol, arthritis and
Aloe
rh
rheumatism,
hypertension, psoriasis and skin marks. Besides, it provides an excellent preventive
tre
treatment
against hair loss, digestive problems, and it is also a wonderful guardian of skin
hy
hydration
and the proper cicatrisation of wounds.
A book that explains the purposes and applications of the different products available in the
m
market
stemming from this plant, and how to make gels, lotions and other preparations at home.
June 2012 · 144 pages
In healthy people, lemon strengthens the defences and helps preventing infections; it improves
the physical and intellectual performance and prevents vascular aging. It is a universal remedy
within everybody’s reach. For ages, lemon has been considered an elixir able to solve endless
health problems without causing side effects. Its disinfecting properties are highly appreciated
both in hygiene and cosmetics as well as in natural medicine. Lemon has a singular ability to reestablish the balance in health when it is lost.
Further titles of the Series:
- How Hemp Heals
- How Onion Heals
- How Honey Heals
- How Echinacea Heals
- How Oat Heals*
- How Olive Oil Heals
- How Alga Heals
- How Primrose Heals
HOW GARLIC HEALS · Josep Luis Berdonces
HO
October 2012 · 160 pages
Oc
Ga is one of the oldest natural remedies we know, appreciated by the Chinese, Roman, Egyptian
Garlic
and Indian peoples through the centuries. Popular wisdom has attributed many properties to
an
garlic that have been corroborated by science: it normalizes blood pressure, controls cholesterol,
ga
strengthens the immune system and is very helpful against rheumatism. In this book you will find
str
everything you need to know about this miraculous food and its healing power.
ev
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* WE DISPOSE OF A FRENCH TRANSLATION OF HOW OAT HEALS!
Health and alternative life books, more attractive than ever
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FRANCESC FOSSAS · Natural Health
DR. FREDERIC VINYES · Natural Health
Natural remedies
The Answer Is At the Feet
September 2012 · 176 pages · Sold to Italy
Although there are conventional treatments to palliate and mitigate
symptoms of illnesses, they are not definitive and the patient tends
to resort to the options offered by natural medicine, which are
more innocuous and often provide with solid relief.
NATURAL REMEDIES AGAINST COLESTEROL
NAT
April 2012 · 80 pages
This book is a practical manual that explains everything there is
to know
kn about cholesterol: its functions in the organism, what is
“bad” and “good” cholesterol, and how to decrease cholesterol
“bad
levels in blood when they are too high. It offers the guidelines
level
le
a healthy diet which is low in cholesterol, and includes
to follow
fo
some menus to keep cholesterol at the right levels.
som
Doctor Frederic Vinyes clear and pedagogical guides to natural health, with
innumerable illustrations and step-bystep pictures – now translated in Italy,
too!
It has been proved that feet reflexology is
extremely helpful in illnesses that entail painful
and spasmodic processe, but not all organs
reflect on the feet nor they reflect with the
same intensity. Backaches, constipation, pains
in the urinary apparatus and migraines, among
many others, find symptomatic relief and often
a therapeutic answer through feet reflexology.
A full-colour poster is included with the reflex
areas of the feet
THE LYMPH AND ITS NATURAL DRAINAGE
October 2012 · 126 pages
Octobe
Manu lymphatic drainage (MLD) can be useful in states of flooding, swelling
Manual
when they have been caused by problems in lymphatic circulation.
or oedemata
oed
drainage involves very soft manoeuvres, based in a deep knowledge of the
This d
anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system.
anato
NATURAL REMEDIES AGAINST DIABETES
NAT
April 2012 · 128 pages
It offers practical information and advice to follow a preventive
and healthy diet which is also pleasing. People with diabetes
will learn through this manual to calculate their daily ingestion
of ccarbohydrates, which foods are essential in their diet and
how
ho
w to combine them in the most efficient way.
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lymphatic system in great detail · Medical and aesthetic indications of the
The ly
MLD · MLD and body massage · Step-by-step basic manipulations · Limitations
and
d complements of the MLD
Doctor Frederic Vinyes has a medical degree from the Universidad de Barcelona and was educated
as a naturist doctor in Germany; he introduced the concept of reflex therapy in Spain. He is a regular
contributor to health magazines and author of Hidroterapia and La linfa y su drenaje manual (both
RBA Integral).
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JORDI CEBRIÁN · Natural Health
ELISABETH RIERA · Natural Health
Plants for a Healthy Home
The Great Book on Cannabis
The engagingly written reference book is a thoughtful
contribution to the discussion of hemp. It makes a
strong case for reconsidering hemp now!
“
“
March 2012 · 208 pages
Plants are the origin and foundation of life in
our planet, since they create the oxygen we
breathe and are at the base of the food chain.
Besides, they have subtle, more essential
functions such as purifying the air in hard
struggle against pollution and cheering up
whoever contemplates their beauty or inhales
their fragrance.
A subtle guide to the various ways in which
plants can improve and heal our lives,
counteracting our habitual immersion in
electromagnetic fields, artificial materials and
an endless array of synthetic products. Besides,
it provides 122 clear examples of plants whose
only presence suffices to make our homes much
nicer and healthier, and so our existence.
Divided into the two big categories of indoor
and outdoor plants, the reader will find the
plant specimens most satisfying his or her
needs through their depurative, environmental,
insect repellent or just ornamental functions.
A detailed and rigorous book about the
qualities and effects of hemp on health,
its psychoactive properties, the domestic cultivation for personal consumption and its culinary applications, both
psychoactive and non-psychoactive.
“
The engagingly written reference book is a thoughtful
contribution to the discussion of hemp. It makes a
strong case for reconsidering hemp now!
“
May 2012 · 176 pages
Throughout history, we have benefited from
the multiple properties of hemp (Cannabis
sativa) as a fibre to manufacture clothes, ropes
and resistant fabrics, paper and so on… But
cannabis also has excellent properties as a food
(it contains high doses of omega 3 and highquality vegetal protein) and a medicine. In
the last years, medical research has identified
its properties as contributory in treating
numerous illnesses, which has led legislators in
many countries to authorize its consumption
in certain cases, as in that of cancer patients,
to palliate the side effects of chemotherapy
and radiotherapy treatments. Besides, due to
its THC content, the psychoactive power of
cannabis has made it into a highly appreciated
plant for recreational and relaxing use.
• The most practical and simple manual for the
personal cultivation of cannabis
• 75 recipes for feeding both body and soul
MEDICINAL PLANTS
MEDI
• Legal aspects and useful addresses
September 2012 · 680 pages
Septem
The most
m
updated, complete and useful dictionary. It describes more than 500
medicinal traditional plants, as well as those of Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.
medic
illustrations of most of them, information about their history,
It includes
incl
indications
for illnesses and active principles, recipes to use them at home and
indi
in
dica
ca
of each plant in Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque and English.
tthe
he names
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Elisabet Riera (Barcelona 1973) is a journalist and writer. She was editor in chief at Integral magazine
and editor of Mente Santa magazine. She has contributed to several written media and she currently
directs the collection “Integral” at RBA. She is the author of the novel La línea del desierto (The line of
the desert, RBA, 2011).
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A NATURALISTIC APPROACH TO WEIGHT LOSS
June 2011 · 224 pages
Ju
D
Don’t
subject your body to unhealthy diets, leading to the infamous yo-yo effect. The best way to
lose weight is to eat healthily and to learn the basic rules of a natural diet. Only this way we can
lo
find
n our ideal weight, correct cellulites and other cosmetic problems of our body.
REVITALIZE YOURSELF · Jorge Pérez Calvo
February 2011 · 304 pages
The food we eat can help us find our inner balance. This is not a book about calories, it is about knowing
our energy intake and its effect on our body. The result is surprising: we improve our health, peace and
inner balance and enhance our physical and mental abilities. It includes user-friendly recipes that will
help us choose the most suitable dish for us every day according to our needs and those of our family.
WHAT IS GM FOOD? · Jorge Riechmann
January 2011 · 112 pages
A clear and understandable guide on one of the great issues of our time: the role of new
biotechnologies and the industry called “life sciences”, which will shape our world in the decades
ahead. Jorge Riechmann talks about genetic engineering, food safety, food and nutrients.
What are the hopes and hazards of genetic engineering? How are they produced and what
environmental risks do they entail?
NATURAL FOOD CURES · Miguel Ángel Almodóvar
November 2009 · 192 pages
More than 30,000 copies sold!
This practical guide presents the most suitable food to effectively combat various diseases. It
also indicates general eating habits to prevent health problems. Often, food is the best medicine!
EATING MAKES US HAPPY · Felipe Hernández Ramos
September 2009 · 256 pages
All about an orthomolecular diet and how the brain works in conjunction with our nutritional
al
habits. Full of tips to correct bad nutritional habits we have that can affect our health as well ass
how to establish the correct biochemical balance in our brain. Eating the correct food can help
p
us to strengthen our mind and our emotions, thus avoiding the need to take medicines for anyy
psychological diseases.
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EDUARDO JÁUREGUI · Psychology
EDUARDO JÁUREGUI · Psychology
Our Sense of Humour
Love and Humour
October 2012 · 208 pages
“
“
A book for the women and
men of the 21st century.
A fundamental guide to remembering
that we own one of the most important
mechanisms biology gave us: we can
laugh and enjoy life.
Humour is a high biotechnology tool. It
connects people and helps communication
without the need for cables or Wi-Fi. It is
withou
capable of producing a huge amount of energy
capabl
without pollution and it helps us enjoy our
withou
everyday routines with a smile on our face.
everyd
Based on a solid scientific research and full
examples, this book aims to
of exhilarating
exh
make your sense of humour work, while
help m
understanding every aspect of it for applying it
under
everyday life.
to ever
on the subject and a great comedian.”
“An expert
ex
Antonio Fraguas “Forges”, cartoonist.
Anton
“
In this original and funny
essay, full of hilarious
examples based on scientific
studies, Eduardo Jáuregui
explores the relationship
between love and humour.
“
October 2012 · 344 pages
Tender and inspiring
Did you know that we laugh 30 times more
often in company than by ourselves? That we
tend to like people who laugh at our jokes
better than those who don’t? “at people with
an active sex life laugh more often than those
without? That people who share a fun activity
together find themselves more attracted to
each other?
Love and humour are two major keys to wellbeing, and two of the deepest mysteries of
What is more, according to
human existence.
exi
there is a close relationship
positive psychology
psy
and caressing. The people
between tickling
t
with whom we laugh are the ones that we
most, and vice versa. Fooling around
love most
fundamental in the game of love, and the
is fundam
relationship of couples who laugh and joke
relationshi
will last longer and be more satisfying.
together w
humour are two poles that help us
Love and h
mental balance, two complementary
keep our m
emotional ties, two lovers who laugh, play and
distract each
eac other.
Eduardo Jáuregui has a Ph.D. in Social Sciences and is Professor of Positive Psychology
at Saint Louis University. He is also co-founder of the company Positive Humor, which
specializes in bringing out the humour in clients such as DaimlerChrysler, GlaxoSmithKline,
Olympus and Natural Gas. He lives together with his best friend and her stuffed penguin.
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EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION · Manuel Campo Vidal
EFF
BONDING · Àngels Torras & Miriam Tirado
October 2011 · 160 pages
Octob
Is it important
i
to learn how to communicate more efficiently? Absolutely yes! If we do not communicate our ideas well, our live and our professional career will become frustrated.
muni
THE TRIBE WE-ALWAYS-DID-IT-THIS-WAY ·
Mercè Dedeu & Joan Alfons Torrent
January 2010 · 288 pages
Rather than the typical child care approach that provides a list of generic “do’s and don’ts” during
certain phases in a baby’s development, the attachment theory assumes that parents know their
child better than so-called experts. This title will help soon-to-be parents to lay a secure basis for
the future independence of their child.
SHIATSU FOR BABIES AND CHILDREN · Juan José Plasencia
March 2009 · 92 pages
Strategies to adapt to a constantly changing world. Experience shows that in order to grow we
need self-reflection, analysis and strategic planning. A witty tale about the basic matters when it
comes to family businesses.
February 2011 · 144 pages
From the moment of birth, touch becomes a language of love and attention, which is essential for
the emotional and physical well-being of the newborn baby. This book provides the essential shiatsu
techniques to relieve common childhood ailments.
GOOD IDEA! · Susana Cros, Alexandre Forasté & Mariona Masgrau
GOO
AFTER BREAST CANCER · Dr. Jaume Masià
June 2
2009 · 128 pages
React to the crisis with creativity, imagination and … ideas! Who hasn’t dreamed of having
a brilliant
brill
idea that will lead to riches in the blink of an eye? But where do good ideas come
from?
June 2009 · 176 pages
How to improve the quality of life during and after the disease. There are lots of books offering
medical advice on cancer, but this book is different. It chronicles the cancer experience through a
professional’s eyes and through the immediacy of personal experience.
THE THREE GOBLINS · Carlos Delgado
June 2009 · 109 pages
Do you earn what you are worth? Are you worth what you earn? A crisis does not only affect
companies. It also forces us to reassess our careers and person situations. In order to help us
evaluate our situation just go along with this little tale the author creates.
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WANT TO SEE MORE?
Contact us at [email protected]
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Avda. Diagonal 189
08018 Barcelona Spain
Tel. (34) 93 217 00 88
[email protected]
www.rbalibros.com
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