Girona, España, 1974

Imma Turbau is a journalist who has worked in radio and for several newspapers and magazines. She has held several cultural management posts in Spain and Portugal, and between 2009 and 2012 was the director general of the Casa de América in Madrid, the city where she lives. She has written many short stories, which have been published in anthologies in several countries, including Spain, Mexico, France, Germany and Portugal. The only novel she has had published to date, El juego del ahorcado, has been translated into several languages, and in 2008 was made into a film, which was directed by Manuel Gómez Pereira.

  • "This is a novel that, in its brevity, manages not to let anything fall by the wayside, but to use the right words to drive it and inject the precisely correct doses of intrigue, emotion and literary spirit."  Antonio G. Iturbe, Qué Leer (referring to El juego del ahorcado)
  • "Imma Turbau leaves me what I always look for in any work of fiction: vigour and sensitivity - the unavoidable bases of the internal violence that all novels of this absolutely must have." Gabriel Ruiz Ortega, La fortaleza de la soledad Blog (referring to El juego del ahorcado)

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A story of love and atonement on the Costa Brava. 

Costa Brava. Present day.

While walking through the woods, Carlos falls fatefully off a cliff. Badly wounded, he heads for the first house he finds. Carla, the owner, calmly takes him in and dresses his wounds. When he awakes, many hours have passed.

Successful, world-travelling architect Carlos is amazed by Carla as he gets to know her. She’s a painter who owns no phone, television or watch. The conversation between them flows naturally, and after two days they realise they’ve fallen in love. Disconcerted, Carlos decides to return to the hotel where he’s staying, taking with him a book titled The Face of Time.

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Novel

A story of love and atonement on the Costa Brava. 

Costa Brava. Present day.

While walking through the woods, Carlos falls fatefully off a cliff. Badly wounded, he heads for the first house he finds. Carla, the owner, calmly takes him in and dresses his wounds. When he awakes, many hours have passed. Successful, world-travelling architect Carlos is amazed by Carla as he gets to know her. She’s a painter who owns no phone, television or watch. The conversation between them flows naturally, and after two days they realise they’ve fallen in love. Disconcerted, Carlos decides to return to the hotel where he’s staying, taking with him a book titled The Face of Time. To his surprise, it accurately reproduces what’s just happened between him and Carla. Later, when they’re already living together, Carlos chances upon a door leading to a secret attic. There he finds objects belonging to Carla’s great-grandfather that will reveal details of her family saga and leave their lives forever entwined.

Cuando David se suicidó, Sandra y él llevaban ya años sin verse. Pero ambos sabían que seguían atados por un oscuro secreto, por algo que ocurrió una tarde de verano cuando los dos formaban una pareja de adolescentes rebeldes y enamorados. Algo trágico e irremediable que iba a marcar sus vidas para siempre. Con una prosa directa y envolvente, y unos protagonistas con una fuerza y un carácter inolvidables, El juego del ahorcado nos acerca a una tormentosa iniciación sentimental en la España de los años ochenta. Es la historia de un amor tan salvaje como sólo puede serlo el de la adolescencia, pero es también una historia de suspense, un drama psicológico y un retrato agridulce de los jóvenes de todos los tiempos, que guardan secretos, que crecen a escondidas de sus mayores y que conservan la crueldad y la inocencia de los niños. Una novela sorprendente que atrapa al lector en los hilos de una trama absorbente y llena de claroscuros.

El juego del ahorcado fue llevada al cine por Manuel Gómez Pereira en 2008.

Non-fiction

Este es un libro indicado para estudiantes de gestión cultural, para técnicos de gestión cultural en instituciones públicas o privadas, para publicitarios, para promotores que organizan eventos, para responsables de márketing, patrocinio y comunicación, y para profesionales interesados en los mercados culturales tanto tradicionales como electrónicos. Sin adentrarse en teorías abstractas (a menudo difíciles de convertir en realidad), la autora nos propone pensar, programar, producir, comunicar y financiar eventos culturales a partir de un caso práctico. ¿Por dónde empiezo? es un libro dirigido a todas las personas que están interesadas en los eventos culturales.