Fiction

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'Paradise & Hell' is a collection of twenty-four stories about the inadequacies of Paradise and the anxieties in Hell.  Both Heaven and Hell have existed alongside each other for so long that it is is sometimes difficult to distinguish between the two.  From android love stories to dissections of historical events, from a life lived far too mindfully to the dilemmas posed by working in Hell itself.

With B&W photography by Isabel del Rio.

300 pages

 

Available to purchase via Amazon

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Could it be fiction written like a screenplay? Or is it a screenplay written like fiction?  A dystopian fairy-tale in 10 parts and 77 takes, ‘Dissent’ is the first book of the space opera series 'Planet in Peril', for young adults and adults alike. The book's heroine is an Alice of the future, but her Wonderland is no place to dream.  Her journey of discovery takes her across a bleak dystopian ecosystem, making her challenge what she is and question everything she so desperately wants.

360 pages

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En un abrir y cerrar de ojos, el joven protagonista de la novela ha pasado a ser un hombre maduro, y lo peor es que no recuerda nada de lo ocurrido durante todos esos años desaparecidos, iniciándose así un viaje de descubrimiento tanto del ser en el que se ha convertido como de ese mundo futuro que no reconoce.  A la vez observación satírica y reflexión sobre el paso del tiempo, la novela anticipa un futuro inminente, tan hostil como aterrador.
 
¡La segunda edición (corregida y aumentada) se ha publicado en junio de 2020! 
 
432 páginas
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Los 18 relatos de esta colección hablan de la muerte más como sucesión de renuncias que como el último acto de una vida.  Los personajes ven el final implícito en todo lo que hacen, tratando de encontrar refugio en el pensamiento o en el arte o en los juegos de palabras; otros recurren a vivir de espaldas al terrible desenlace soñando con lo eterno y lo inmortal, o amparándose en los mitos, lo paradójico y las identidades imaginarias; y por último, otros más sostienen que, si algo muere, no es más que porque otra cosa nace en su lugar.  Lo que sí tienen en común todos ellos es su ineptitud para vivir con la intensidad que sería deseable, atormentados como están ante lo inevitable de la muerte.

With B&W photography by Isabel del Rio.

140 pages

 

Available to purchase via Amazon

'Zero Negative/Cero Negativo' is a bilingual narrative. The stories are in both English and Spanish, not translations of each other but reflections or versions that are inextricably linked.   The book is an indictment against bloodshed in its many forms: war, torture, capital punishment, murder, martyrdom.

 

The key to the story in English might be found in the story in Spanish, or vice-versa.  Or perhaps the ending of the story in Spanish might contradict the ending of the story in English.  Or does it?  In other words, the two versions complement each other, like the two halves of something that is probably greater than the sum of its parts.  And although sharing an identical origin, each version ultimately tells its unique tale.  Thus, from a common origin are born two stories, each embellished with the symbols and distinctiveness of two languages working together to form a single narrative.  

 

The stories can be read solely in English as a stand-alone collection, or solely in Spanish.  But there is a third reading for all those who know both languages. And that third reading is, as might be expected, the best reading of all because it tells the full story.

 

Published by Araña Editorial, Valencia.

 

244 pages

 

Available to purchase via Araña Editorial

Isabel's collection of short stories 'La duda' (The Doubt), published in Colección Andanzas by Tusquets Editores in Barcelona, was shortlisted for two literary awards in Spain ('Nuevos Narrradores' and 'Ícaro').  'La duda y otros apuntes para escribir una colección de relatos' is a metaliterary exercise, assembled from legends, fantasies and memories.  Readers are thus invited to write the stories themselves, with the reader providing the instructions, basic writing materials and plot suggestions.  The result is a collection of short stories, written by both the writer and the reader.

150 pages

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Isabel's stories have been included in 'Los cuentos que cuentan'.  

362 pages

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