By Pineiro, ClaudiaTranslated by Riddle, Frances
After Rita is found dead in a church she used to attend, the official investigation into the incident is quickly closed. Her sickly mother is the only person still determined to find the culprit. Chronicling a difficult journey across the suburbs of the city, an old debt and a re...vealing conversation, Elena Knows unravels the secrets of its characters and the hidden facets of authoritarianism and hypocrisy in our society.Read more
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Born in Buenos Aires in 1960, Claudia Pineiro is a best-selling author, known internationally for her crime novels. She has won numerous national and international prizes, including the Pepe Carvalho Prize, the LiBeraturpreis for Elena Knows and the prestigious Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Prize for Las grietas de Jara (A Crack in the Wall). Many of her novels have been adapted for the big screen. Claudia Pineiro is the third most translated Argentinean author, after Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortazar. More recently, she has become a very active figure in the fight for the legalisation of abortion in Argentina and Latin America, and for the recognition of employment rights for writers. Her fiction is rooted in the detective novel but has recently turned increasingly political. Frances Riddle has translated numerous Spanish-language authors, including Isabel Allende, Claudia Pineiro, Leila Guerriero, Maria Fernanda Ampuero, and Sara Gallardo. Her work has appeared in journals such as Granta, Electric Literature, and The White Review, among others. She holds a Bachelor's in Spanish Literature and a Master's in Translation Studies. Originally from Houston, Texas, she lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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