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Award winning Spanish anti-Franco stories.
The CELLS OF TERROR consists of twenty-four stories, all very short, scientifically formulated, about the cells that are the origin of terror—which is to say, about a few of the key situations that sow in the hearts of human beings the monstrous seed of terror. As told by a variety of narrators whose perspective is both unflinching and darkly humorous, these tales encompass the visceral, the metaphysical, and the political in horror.
Fiction. Literary Nonfiction. Translation.
Alfonso Sastre (1926-2021) was a Spanish author best known as a Generation of '50 playwright, though he also wrote prose, poetry, essays, and screenplays. Sastre is also known for his leftist political activism: his opposition to the dictatorship of Francisco Franco and support of Basque independence.
Ellis Ging is a librarian and translator based in New York. He is winner of the 2022 The Loose Translations Prize.