An independent publisher specialising in
contemporary fiction and long-form essay, both in English and in translation,
it is no coincidence that it was born in a cosmopolitan and ambitious city in
the constant pursuit of the newest and the strangest: an edgy, fashionable niche.
That very niche that Fitzcarraldo books occupy with their imaginative and innovative writing, a blend of sharp storytelling
and argumentative rigour – the British have a taste for both, no question about
Fiction v. essay is the sorting criterion for the two only series (both designed by Ray O’Meara and published as paperback originals with French flaps), but the two genres often coexist within the same book. Exploration, provocation.
London is a cultural laboratory, a launch platform for trends and ideas. The target: young and mature readers, literary magazines enthusiasts, creatives of all sorts.
So why not trust French-British publisher Jacques Testard’s intuition, export Fitzcarraldo’s style abroad, give it back to the cosmopolitan dimension to which it belongs?
A step towards this has been made; following their success at home, rights have been sold for a great number of titles. Fitzcarraldo Editions is entrusting THIS BOOK TRAVELS Foreign Rights Agency to represent a select list of their authors abroad. With World rights to sell in Germany, Eastern Europe and Asia, THIS BOOK TRAVELS is now starting to represent the Fitzcarraldo list with the following titles:
In the essay series:
Kate Briggs, with This Little Art, a genre-bending song for the practice of literary translation, elegantly swaying through subjective professional experience, famous translators and refreshing metaphors.
Simon Critchley: both Notes on Suicide (5,000 copies sold to-date, so strong is the temptation of facing a delicate issue in a fully rational, a-moral manner) and Memory Theatre, a frontier mind-game between philosophy, memoir and fiction.
Brian Dillon: Essayism, one of Fitzcarraldo’s best-sellers, a personal and critical account of the history and possibilities of the essay; In the Dark Room, a reissue, an emotional and cultural investigation of the memory mechanism; a certainly clever Book on Sentences is to be expected in 2020.
Charlie Fox’s This Young Monster, a book ahead of its time, essays on transformation and monstrosity, each written in a different style and enriched by photos and drawings.
Dan Fox: everything so far sounds too pretentious? People know it, and that is why they have been loving Pretentiousness: Why It Matters, a fun case for the re-evaluation of the word ‘pretentious’ and its importance in everyday subculture.
Daisy Hildyard, with The Second Body, an important, fascinating book on physical bodies, what it means to possess one and the impact it has.
In the fiction series:
Camilla Grudova: The Doll’s Alphabet, a collection of surreal, dystopian, horror stories in Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood’s style.
Patrick Langley, with Arkady: a debut novel on brotherhood and urban living, exceptionally modern and humane.
Fitzcarraldo Editions is an independent publisher specialising in contemporary fiction and long-form essays. Founded in 2014, it focuses on ambitious, imaginative and innovative writing, both in translation and in the English language. The series, designed by Ray O'Meara, are published as paperback originals with French flaps, using a custom serif typeface (called Fitzcarraldo).
Fitzcarraldo Editions is, in the words of Stuart Evers (New Statesman), 'probably the most exciting publishing house in the UK right now'
We want this excitement to travel farther.