Una historia magmífica

A “magmífica” story

When I finished the book I remembered the first time I smelled a rose. It’s strange, of course, because who keeps a memory like that? One remembers his first kiss, or the first time he traveled alone, or the first time he thought of death, and not the first time he smelled a rose. But...


I am the product of a transoceanic project that has taught me to observe and to read from a myriad perspectives.


Pepa Novell

Barcelonian in spirit, Canadian by adoption and a resident in the US, my transcultural profile began to take shape at the Universitat de Barcelona where I received a degree in Hispanic Philology and read, for the first time with a critical eye, some of the books that have marked my life and my professional trajectory. My knowledge of linguistic and cultural differences was enriched when I taught Spanish Language and Literature at Brown University, where I completed my doctorate degree in Hispanic Studies. I discovered less academically oriented ways of approaching texts during my Masters’ studies in editing at IDEC/ Universitat Pompeu Fabra. New intellectual and cultural challenges awaited me at Queen’s University, where I became Associate Professor of Contemporary Hispanic Literatures and Cultures.

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MAGMA’s publication criteria is based on a thematic-theoretical axis based on eleven structural pillars:

  • class, popular culture, desire, diversity, ethics, ethnicity, gender, ideology, imperialism, nationalism, race

Our books represent a diversity of voices in both novels and short stories where these topics come together from a variety of different approaches.

"They say that a door never closes without opening a window. And that is exactly what the Catalan Pepa Novell did four years ago when she gave up her position as associate professor at Queen’s University in Canada to create MAGMA Editorial, an unusual and stimulating project. Volcanoes and lavas aside, MAGMA aims to “create movement, agitation” on the basis of emerging talents and that aspires to consolidate itself in solid and lasting works. A global proposal with one foot on each shore of the Atlantic, a catalog of authors that resembles a world map, and themes and styles in accordance with our times." La Vanguardia: magazine Fashion&Arts


She is not a daughter of Jupiter. but Pepa Novell deserves to be. She has created the MAGMA publishing house in California, whose slogan, 'Letters in transit', refers to the flow of lava that ends up solidifying (like literary values over time) but also to the transnational nature of the project.


'Because the lava that solidifies leaves its mark,' warns Pepa Novell. And specifically, the incandescent material with which he works are the new narrative voices, caught here and there throughout the vast pan-Hispanic world, and not only.


This disturbing story by Carlos A. Colla does not use causes or inquiries against that devastating crisis, it does not aspire to tell what those responsible for the corralito did more than 15 years ago: its underground red thread is intensely literary, with James Joyce in the background and devotion by Ulysses.


Sobre 2001 Punto Cero en El Pais


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MAGMA is especially interested in works of fiction and non-fiction that take on topics related to our editorial criteria.


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Following the front page, a synopsis of the work must be included, maximum length 1 page.

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