The Argentine literary sensation that has taken the Spanish-speaking world by storm: a dark, surreal and beautiful novel about violence, exclusion and love
'A fragment of the future' Edouard Louis
'Ferocious and magical' Torrey Peters, Guardian
'It will break your heart' Mariana Enriquez
'Naked, glorious storytelling' Claire Oshetsky
Auntie Encarna's is the queerest boarding house in the world.
For Camila, it is a refuge, and the travesti who gather there are like family. At night they head out to Sarmiento Park to earn money. They stand together in the cold, sharing stories and a hip flask of whiskey, waiting for a car to slow down.
Until, one freezing evening, Auntie Encarna hears crying in the bushes and wades in to investigate. When she finds an abandoned baby boy, she will hear no arguments: she is bringing him home to care for him. Life for Camila and the others will never be the same again.
With a cast of larger-than-life, unforgettable characters, The Queens of Sarmiento Park combines brutal, unflinching realism with flourishes of surrealism to tell a story about the clash of hope with prejudice and fear. Wildly imaginative, darkly funny and devastatingly sad, it is a queer fairy tale about sex work, gender identity and chosen family; an anguished howl of pain and rage; and an unruly hymn to love and care on the outskirts of society.
'A beautiful novel, moving, disturbing, raw and honest' Fernanda Melchor, author of Hurricane Season
'Fun, tragic, political and full of marvel ... It will break your heart and at the same time make you want to laugh and dance' Mariana Enriquez
|The Queens Of Sarmiento Park
|Camila Sosa Villada
|Little, Brown Book Group
|Number Of Pages:
|1 June 2023
Camila Sosa Villada was born in 1982 in La Falda (CÃ³rdoba, Argentina). She is a writer, actress, and singer, and previously earned a living as a sex worker, street vendor and maid. She holds degrees in communication and theatre from the National University of CÃ³rdoba. Her first novel, The Queens of Sarmiento Park, won the Premio Sor Juana InÃ©s de la Cruz in Mexico, the Grand Prix de l'HÃ©roÃ¯ne Madame Figaro in France, and the Premio de Narrativa en Castellano in Spain.
Kit Maude is a translator based in Buenos Aires. He has translated dozens of classic and contemporary Latin American writers such as ArmonÃa Somers, Jorge Luis Borges, Lolita Copacabana, and Ariel Magnus for a wide array of publications and writes reviews and criticism for several different outlets in Spanish and English including the Times Literary Supplement, Revista Ã‘ and Otra Parte.