SUR is an independent publishing house that publishes today's authors and contemporary classics.
It was born in 2011, in a period in which Latin American literature did not have a prominent role in the world of Italian publishing: apart from the great names such as García Márquez or Vargas Llosa, many others who had also been translated in the previous decades were no longer present in bookshop and at the center of the cultural debate in Italy. Thus the possibility has opened up of giving new editorial life to names of absolute importance such as Julio Cortázar, Juan Carlos Onetti, Manuel Puig, Ricardo Piglia. They were then joined by important voices from the most recent literary generations (which we hope to publish as future classics) such as the Argentine Samanta Schweblin, the Mexican Laia Jufresa, the Uruguayan Fernanda Trías, the Chilean Alia Trabucco Zerán.
Initially dedicated only to Latin American literature, in 2015 SUR also began publishing translations of fiction and non-fiction from English, launching the BIG SUR series. The name refers to the Californian location where many US writers have left their mark: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac, who set his eponymous novel in Big Sur. Over the years, the BIG SUR series has collected books and authors awarded prestigious international prizes, such as “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker and “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead, which have won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and “Girl, Woman, Other” by Bernardine Evaristo, winner of the Booker Prize.