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"We will not die as long as there is a reader who opens our book"
Carlos Fuentes


Who is Angélica Gorodischer?

From a very young age she moved with her parents to the city of Rosario, where she has lived ever since. Her parents, the merchant Fernando Félix Arcal and the poet Angélica de Arcal, had married in 1924 and had moved from Rosario to Buenos Aires. In 1936 the family returned to Rosario. Surrounded by books, as a child she already wanted to be a writer.
Following her marriage to the architect Sujer Gorodischer in 1948, she chose her surname as a pseudonym, under which she would appear as a literary author. She studied at the Normal School No. 2 of Professors in Rosario and she began to pursue a career at the University of Philosophy and Letters of the National University of the Litoral, which did not finish.
In 1964 she won a contest for the "Vea y Lea" magazine with the detective story "En verano, a la siesta y con Martina". In 1988 she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship, thanks to which she participated in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. In 1991, also with a Fulbright scholarship, she taught at the University of Northern Colorado.
From 1967 to 2022, she was a jury member of various literary awards in Argentina and other countries. She lectured more than 350 lectures, especially on fantasy literature, on feminine writing and has been translated into English, French, German and is about to be translated into Italian and Greek. She is considered one of the three most important female voices in science fiction in Latin America.

Angélica passed away in her dear Rosario on february 5, 2022.

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Kalpa Imperial gathers eleven stories, eleven fragments of the history of the Empire More Vast than Ever Existed. From the narrator we know that the Empire was destroyed and rebuilt countless times and that its history begins anew with each new dynasty of emperors and empresses.
The scene is always the same: the mountainous north, the jungle south and the capital cities. The stories are multiple and diverse. Like Bib, the scrawny boy who wants to re-found the Empire and invent a new order; that of the last prince of the Oriole dynasty and his strange death; that of the orphan who rises from the underworld to the throne; that of the Fourth Emperor in the Kiautonor dynasty, who orders a city to be built in honor of his lover.
Angélica Gorodischer creates a portentous fictional universe, absolutely her own, where dystopia intersects with realism, the novel with the story, the metaphor about power with the little human drama. Published for the first time in 1983, Kalpa imperial marked a milestone in the work of this great Argentine author and made her an inescapable reference in universal science fiction.


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English - Small Beer Press

Kalpa Imperial is the first of Argentinean writer Angélica Gorodischer's many award-winning books to be translated into English. In eleven chapters, Kalpa Imperial's multiple storytellers relate the story of a fabled nameless empire which has risen and fallen countless times. Fairy tales, oral histories and political commentaries are all woven tapestry-style into Kalpa Imperial: beggars become emperors, democracies become dictatorships, and history becomes legends and stories.

But Kalpa Imperial is much more than a simple political allegory or fable. It is also a celebration of the power of storytelling. Gorodischer and acclaimed writer Ursula K. Le Guin, who has translated Kalpa Imperial, are a well-matched, sly and delightful team of magician-storytellers. Rarely have author and translator been such an effortless pairing. Kalpa Imperial is a powerful introduction to the writing of Angélica Gorodischer, a novel which will enthrall readers already familiar with the worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin.

Translated by Ursula K. Le Guin.

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  • 1964: Vea y Lea Award, third national contest of police stories

  • 1965: Order Club Award

  • 1984: Konex Award - Merit Diploma

  • 1984: Más Allá Award

  • 1984: Poblet Award

  • 1984-85: Emecé Award

  • 1985: Siegfried Radaelli Award, The XIII Club

  • 1986: Gigamesh Award

  • 1994: Konex Platinum Award

  • 1997: Dignidad Award of the Human Rights's Permanent Assembly

  • 1998: SADE Bullrich Award for the best women's novel in a triennium

  • 2000: Esteban Echeverría's Award (narrative)

  • 2007: ILCH Award, California, USA, for her complete work

  • 2007: Illustrious Citizen of Rosario

  • 2011: World Fantasy's Lifetime Achievement Award, USA

  • 2012: Culture's Outstanding Personality of the City of Buenos Aires

  • 2014: Konex Award - Career Special Mention

  • 2017: Honoris Causa Doctorate from the National University of Cuyo

  • 2018: Prix Imaginales - catégorie nouvelle by Kalpa Impérial

  • 2018: Grand Prize of the National Endowment for the Arts

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Notebook and Pen
  • "They could have forgotten it, he just didn't allow it to be forgotten."

  • "The heart of a young man has more impetus for life and love and for sickness and hatred."

Angélica Gorodischer

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