Gabriela Cabezón Cámara’s joyful, hallucinatory novel is also an incisive critique of national myths and a requiem for the casualties of ‘progress’. Translated by Fiona Mackintosh and Iona Macintyre.

1872, Argentina. China is a young woman eking out an existence in a remote gaucho camp. After her no-good husband is conscripted, China bolts for freedom, setting off on a wagon journey through the pampas in the company of her new-found friend Liz, a settler from Scotland.  This subversive retelling of Argentina’s foundational gaucho epic, Martín Fierro, is a celebration of the colour and movement of the living world, the open road, love and sex, and the dream of lasting freedom.

The 2020 International Booker Prize
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Gabriela  Cabezón Cámara

Gabriela Cabezón Cámara

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Gabriela Cabezón Cámara was born in Buenos Aires. She is one of the leading figures in Argentinian and Latin American literature.
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Fiona Mackintosh

Fiona Mackintosh

About the Translator

Fiona Mackintosh is a Senior Lecturer in Latin American Literature at the University of Edinburgh with research interests in gender studies, comparative literature and literary translation.
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Iona Macintyre

Iona Macintyre

About the Translator

Iona Macintyre is a Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
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