June 19, 2014
Both translated fiction and LGBTQ writing are lamentably underrepresented in today’s literary landscape. So it was major news when, one June 2nd, the Lambda Literary Foundation awarded this year’s prize for Gay General Fiction to Luis Negrón’s Mundo Cruel, translated from the Spanish by Suzanne Jill Levine. It was a tremendous victory for a book that’s played the underdog from the start.
In a new article at Publishers Weekly, Clare Swanson tells the book’s improbable story — a son who leaves Puerto Rico for New York to pursue a career in publishing, the book his mother gives him, and one sincere pitch at an editorial meeting come together to produce a major literary event. Read it all here.