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WE ARE NOT GHOSTBUSTERS (working title)

Juan Manuel Robles

  • Original Title: NO SOMOS CAZAFANTASMAS
  • Publication date: December 2018
  • Publisher: EDITORIAL SEIX BARRAL
  • Country: PE
  • 256 print pages
  • Sci-Fi/Dystopia

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Themes: FAMILY, Mourning, PEOPLE facing life, Identity crisis, Looking back on one's life, Death, Facing failure, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Totalitarian regime, Modernization, Corruption, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations

Pitch

Set in a not-so-distant technological dystopia, the stories of this collection portray a new world that monetizes and deals with personal and collective memory: oppressive governments artificially manipulating national history; tech companies charging users to access to their own memories...

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Awarded an honorific mention for the National Literature Award of Peru, in the category of Short Stories

Translation rights sold: Spain

In the vein of Black Mirror

Juan Manuel Robles is a Peruvian writer. He was chosen as one of the best writers from Latin America under the age of 39 by the Hay Festival's Bogotá 39 list. His books include NUEVOS JUGUETES DE LA GUERRA FRÍA (New Toys from the Cold War, 2015), one of the most celebrated novels in the last few years in Perú. After spending his formative years in Perú, he moved to New York City where he was a recipient of a MFA Creative Writing Fellowship at the NYU.

Summary

What would the world look like if tech companies had access to your most personal memories?

Set in a not-so-distant technological dystopia, these gripping stories portray a new world that monetizes and deals with the personal and collective memory: oppressive governments artificially manipulating the national history; tech companies charging users to access to their own memories...

These unsettling yet plausible stories are a clear meditation on the role of retrospection in the construction of collective and personal identity, and a warning of a disturbing future that is somehow already upon us.

These stories hit uncomfortably close to home, scrutinizing the underlying anxieties of contemporary cyber-threats.

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  • Author’s biography

    Juan Manuel Robles is a Peruvian writer. He was chosen as one of the best writers from Latin America under the age of 39 by the Hay Festival's Bogotá 39 list. His books include NUEVOS JUGUETES DE LA GUERRA FRÍA (New Toys from the Cold War, 2015), one of the most celebrated novels in the last few years in Perú. After spending his formative years in Perú, he moved to New York City where he was a recipient of a MFA Creative Writing Fellowship at the NYU. He lives in Lima, where he is a regular contributor to Letras Libres, Etiqueta Negra and Courrier International.