Latin American Literature

With a population of almost sixty million, Latinos in the United States are already the largest minority in the nation, one defined not only by its own language but also by its multifaceted mestizo culture. We’re committed to highlighting work by Latino and Latin American authors as a special focus of our list, including a series of never-before-translated canonical titles of science fiction from Cuba (an island where the future has been experienced very differently in the last fifty years), the novels of the Chilean film guru and artistic polymath Alejandro Jodorowsky, thought-provoking travel writing from Andrés Neuman, explorations on fútbol as the pantheon of modern mythology by Juan Villoro, postmodern fiction by Carlos Fonseca, and the multi-volume autobiography of the cutting-edge Argentine writer Ricardo Piglia. After the canonical authors of the so-called “El Boom,” a fertile, trend-setting generation of new writers, comfortable going back and forth between the Anglo and the Spanish-speaking world, has emerged in the international stage and Restless Books is proud to be introducing them to new readers.



“Since its founding in 2013, Brooklyn-based independent publisher Restless Books has established itself as one of the most cutting-edge publishers of translated literature in the U.S. In the four years since its founding, its catalogue has grown to include some of the most important names in contemporary Latin American literature, both emerging and established, among them Andrés Neuman, Juan Villoro, Ricardo Piglia, Yoss, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Fernanda Torres, and Carlos Fonseca, and such notable translators as Nick Caistor, Alfred MacAdam, Lawrence Schimel, Megan McDowell, and Achy Obejas.”

Latin American Literature Today


“This Christmas, why don't you get your hands on something dangerous? Like a translated book. It is often said that only 3% of the books published in the United States every year were originally written in another language—almost making a translated book an illegal substance. Are we taking that argument too far? Perhaps, but here's something you can't deny: getting exciting foreign literature shouldn't be that hard.

Enter Restless Books, an independent publishing house that is printing beautiful editions of titles like A Planet for Rent by science fiction Cuban writer Yoss, the autobiography of jazz master Paquito D'Rivera (Letters to Yeyito), and Juan Villoro's incomparable collection of essays on soccer God Is Round.

They have even created a readers club, that sends you one of their titles per month and gives you special discounts. Getting dangerous stuff has rarely been this easy.”