[Free eBook] Barcelona Noir [Spanish & Catalan Mystery Anthology]

Barcelona Noir edited by Adriana V. López & Carmen Ospina, who are a magazine editor and a Random House digital program director, respectively, is a Spain-set installment in the Akashic Noir of award-winning mystery anthologies, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.

This is an excellent location-themed series featuring stories set in and around the titular cities, often by well-known authors native or resident to their respective countries, and one of my personal favourites for discovering foreign authors. This one contains mystery and suspense short stories set in and around Barcelona, Spain from historical times through to the present day, and includes stories in English translation by prize-winning Spanish & Catalan authors such as Isabel Franc, Santiago Roncagliolo, Lolita Bosch and many more, as well as in English by other authors such as Valerie Miles.

Offered DRM-free through midnight December 9th, available worldwide directly from the publisher as part of their holiday advent calendar promotion.

Free for a limited time until midnight December 9th EST (I think the download actually stays available for several hours longer, but that’s the official offer cut-off time) @ the the publisher’s (DRM-free ePub & Mobi available worldwide). You can also read more about this title at the regular catalogue page, where you can see the full list of authors and their contributed stories.

Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.

Brand-new stories by: Jordi Sierra i Fabra, Imma Monsó, Santiago Roncagliolo, Francisco González Ledesma, Valerie Miles, David Barba, Isabel Franc, Lolita Bosch, Eric Taylor-Aragón, Antonia Cortijos, Cristina Fallarás, Raúl Argemí, Teresa Solana, and Andreu Martín

From the introduction by Adriana V. López & Carmen Ospina:

“Its physical beauty alone, surrounded by mountains with a view of the sea, was cause enough for architect Antoni Gaudí to raise his version of Candy Land upon its soil; a daily impetus for the city’s mimes and living statues to claim a spot along Las Ramblas and transform it into their stage. But don’t be fooled: Barcelona, with all its illustrious color and exterior fineness, hasn’t always been able to curb the darker yearnings of its Hyde to its Jekyll. Blame it on a bubbling, repressive concoction made with a pinch of Church, a touch of Crown, and a large dose of General Francisco Franco to stir up the insides of its very independent and anarchic Catalonian spirit. One that has allowed it to conserve its own language and modus operandi from the rest of Spain, and that has always attracted the vanguard to create under the sereneness of its palm trees and Mediterranean light . . .

Repression, vice, immigration . . . the fourteen stories within will divert your eyes from Barcelona’s lively Ramblas and Gaudi spires, opening them onto the city’s tainted side. One that will never appear in any recommended walking tour.”


Author: Alexander the Drake

The public persona of a private person.

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