MacLehose signs The Wild One

Rights - Fiction Wednesday, 05 July 2017

Mexican author Guillermo Arriaga's new novel The Wild One acquired


MacLehose Press has bought U.K. and Commonwealth rights to The Wild One by Guillermo Arriaga, with publication set for autumn next year. The acquisition has been made through Kevin Conroy Scott at Tibor Jones & Associates on behalf of Raquel de la Concha at R.D.C. Agencia Literaria.

According to the acquisition statement, 'The Wild One is set in Mexico in the 1960s, in which the story of a teenage boy seeking revenge for the murder of his family by a sinister cabal is interwoven with that of an Inuit wolf hunter and his prey. It is a story of pure adventure, unfolding in the fragmented style for which Arriaga is famous, and set against a backdrop of repression, police brutality and Church intrigue.'

Frank Wynne, the translator of the book, describes it as "both poetic and violent, and the most visceral experience one can have as a reader. A young man makes a journey from the corrupt barrios of Mexico City to the eery, ethereal landscapes of the Yukon, led only by a wolf. Arriaga charts a rite of passage that is both epic and intimate."

Arriaga is the screenwriter of Amores perros, 21 grams and Babel.

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