Salt Crystals

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Authors: Cristina Bendek (Author), Robin Myers (Translator)
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Charco Press; Reprint,Translation edition (September 27, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 216 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1913867331
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1913867331

Five hundred miles from mainland Colombia, grassroots resistance, sloppy vacationers, and a muddy history of conquest converge for Verónica, returning after living in Mexico City, ready to understand herself and the place she came from. _San Andrés rises gently from the Caribbean, part of Colombia but closer to Nicaragua, the largest island in an archipelago claimed by the Spanish, colonized by the Puritans, worked by slaves, and home to Arab traders, migrants from the mainland, and the descendants of everyone who came before. For Victoria – whose origins on the island go back generations, but whose identity is contested by her accent, her skin colour, her years far away – the sunburnt tourists, sewage blooms, sudden storms, and ‘thinking rundowns’ where liberation is plotted and dinner served from a giant communal pot, bring her into vivid, intimate contact with the island she thought she knew, her own history, and the possibility for a real future for herself and San Andrés.


"Colombian writer Bendek’s clear-eyed debut….heralds an intriguing new voice." ―Publishers Weekly

"A brilliant and sensory overload of a novel." ―The Crack Magazine

About the Author

Cristina Bendek is a Caribbean author. She was born on the island of San Andrés (Colombia) in October 1987. In 2018 her first novel, Salt Crystals, won the Elisa Mújica National Novel Prize (Colombia). The novel has been translated into Portuguese (Moinhos, 2021), and Danish (Aurora Boreal, 2020), and now appears in English translation for the first time with Charco Press, which will also launch the novel in Spanish for the North American readership. Some of her work has also been translated into German. . Cristina is also a journalist but spends her time researching Caribbean literature and writing fiction. She lives in Berlin.

Robin Myers is a New York-born, Mexico City-based poet and translator. Her translations have appeared or are forthcoming from the_ Kenyon Review_, the_ Harvard Review_, Two LinesThe OffingWaxwingBeloit Poetry JournalAsymptote, the Los Angeles Review of BooksTupelo Quarterly, and Inventory. In 2009, she was named a fellow of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA); in 2014, she was awarded a residency at the Banff Literary Translation Centre (BILTC); and in 2017, and she was selected to participate in the feminist translation colloquium A-Fest. Recent book-length translations include Lyric Poetry Is Dead by Ezequiel Zaidenwerg (Cardboard House Press), Animals at the End of the World by Gloria Susana Esquivel (University of Texas Press), an_d Cars on Fire _by Mónica Ramón Ríos (Open Letter Books).