Hi, This Is Conchita: And Other Stories
Two Lines Press
Santiago Roncagliolo
“Butterflies Fastened With Pins”

“Butterflies Fastened With Pins” is from Santiago Roncagliolo’s collection HI, THIS IS CONCHITA: AND OTHER STORIES (Two Lines Press).  Roncagliolo is a Peruvian novelist and investigative journalist.  His first novel, Red April, won the Premio Alfaguara in 2006 and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2011.  In 2010, Granta named him one of its 22 Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists.  He is the author of an earlier story collection, Growing Up Is A Sad Business.  He contributes to El País and other leading Spanish-language newspapers. His work has been translated into thirteen languages.


Daniel Alarcon said this about the author:  “Santiago Roncagliolo is one of the writers of my generation I most admire. He is rigorous, fearless, and funny, with a keen eye for absurdity embedded within the everyday. A new book by Roncagliolo is a cause for celebration.”


Bookslut had this to say about Roncagliolo’s first novel:   “Red April is the story of a serial killer who is terrorising a tiny Andean village. It’s set in 2000, at the end of the bloody civil war waged against the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path)…. But although the war is officially over, the atmosphere of fear and dread still pervades these small towns. Political corruption is both rife and strenuously denied….Red April is that rare thing, a tense, terrifying thriller that’s also full of black humor, dark enough to make you laugh out loud.”


Edith Grossman is a renowned English-language translator, having translated key works by Nobel laureates Gabriel García Marquez and Mario Vargas Llosa. Her translation of Don Quixote was praised by Harold Bloom for “the extraordinarily high quality of her prose.”

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