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El impresor de Venecia
Tusquets, 2016, 352 p.
In 1530, young Paolo Manuzio visits his widowed mother in a villa in the Modena countryside to show her a draft of a biography of Aldo Manuzio, his father and the most important printer of all time. He doesn’t know how radically the truth of his father’s life differs from the chronicle he hopes to write. From the time Aldo Manuzio arrived in Venice in 1489, with his plan of manufacturing exquisite editions of the treasures of Greek literature, he faced unexpected difficulties, from the theft of manuscripts to the commercial restrictions imposed by the owner of the print shop –the influential Andrea Torresani, who would later become his father-in-law– or the censorship of the powerful against the diffusion of epicureanism that Aldo’s young wife and collaborator, Maria, sought out with passion. With just the right dose of irony mixed with hidden erudition, with characters and details from the golden age of the pioneers of book printing, The Printer From Venice recreates the birth of the book business in a dazzling manner, in the midst of a city struck with madness –better suited to love affairs than to intellectuals– and a time of crisis and change in the very concept of the book, in which the challenges faced by publishers today are recognizable.

Rights sold: French (Lattès)


Nadie me mata
(Nobody is killing me)

Tusquets, 2007, 264 p.

The central character in this story wakes up with amnesia, in a body that is not his own. Whenever he goes back to sleep, his soul wanders from body to body, trying to discover its own identity, trying not to fall in love with a girl to whom its different bodies carry him, trying to watch a film that, surprisingly, contains the clues as to what happened to him, and trying to prevent the perpetration of a crime he has already witnessed and about which he knows practically everything: the place (La Latina neighbourhood in Madrid), the day (27 May 2007), the time, the assassin, the murder weapon. Everything except the identity of the victim. The author blends humour, fantasy and many features of the crime novel to examine the bewilderment of twenty-first century man in terms of his own body, the incomprehensibility of being and his incapacity to recognize his own identity.

 “This work encompasses many books: philosophical text, metaphor of quantitative physics, crime novel... The narrative mechanism is top notch, no cracks, no gimmicks. The format encapsulating it could be none other than a thriller. (…)” Que Leer

Rights sold: Italian (Alacran Edizioni)

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Ariadna en Naxos (Ariadna in Naxos)
Seix Barral, 2002, 303 p.

Fuelled by the adventure genre and set in a mythical-historical timeframe, the novel begins with the abduction of Europa, moving on to the birth of the Minotaur and the death of Icarus, and culminating with Theseus’ entry in the labyrinth. The combination of these well-known stories provides the reader with a metaphor of Western cultural contradictions. We witness the replacement of a peaceful matriarchy with patriarchal and violent law. "An excellent, splendid novel", said the critics, who have compared Azpeitia with Yourcenar, Robert Graves and Roberto Calasso.

Rights sold: Greek (Editions Opera), Russian (Fluid)



Novel (psychological thriller).
Lengua de Trapo, 1996, 192 p.
Awarded the Hammett Prize for Crime Writing, 1996.

Beatriz, a young psychiatrist, starts work in a clinic where she is confronted by the very strange methods applied by her colleagues. The mental health of some of them is not much better than that of the patients. The machiavellian director von Hagen is a fanatic of hypnosis, which he uses to try and manipulate the future of his patients. Will Beatriz survive? The reader himself will be hypnotized.

Rights sold : French (Lattès), Greek (Opera Editions), Russian (Fluid)
Film :  DeaPlaneta (Spain)


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