Sandra Rodríguez Nieto

Sandra Rodríguez Nieto began reporting for the Ciudad Juárez daily newspaper El Diario in 2003. She has received the Reporteros Del Mun­do prize from the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the Knight International Journalism Award from the International Center for Journalists, and the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting. She was a Harvard Uni­versity Nieman Fellow in 2014. She now reports for Sin Embargo.


  • Women in Translation: A Celebratory Reading List!

    August is Women in Translation Month! Publishers and booksellers are backing a campaign started by women translators to celebrate the work of the few women writers who make it into English translation—depressing figures show that only around a quarter of English translations are female-authored books.

    The campaign originally started as an effort to highlight translated fiction, but Verso's #WITMonth reading list celebrates our publications by women who are leading thinkers and writers in non-fiction fields, ranging from journalism in Turkey and Mexico, to psychoanalysis, feminism, political theory and literary and film studies!

    (Anabel Hernández, awarded the 2012 Golden Pen of Freedom for her courageous investigative journalism about Mexico's drug cartels and corruption.)

    Samuel Beckett: Anatomy of a Literary Revolution by Pascale Casanova. Translated by Gregory Elliott 

    In a radical new reading of Samuel Beckett, Pascale Casanova argues that Beckett's reputation rests on a pervasive misreading of his oeuvre, which neglects entirely the literary revolution he instigated. Reintroducing the historical into the heart of this body of work, Casanova provides an arresting portrait of Beckett as radically subversive—doing for writing what Kandinsky did for art—and in the process presents the key to some of the most profound enigmas of Beckett's writing. 

    Discovery of the World: A Political Awakening in the Shadow of Mussolini by Luciana Castellina. Translated by Patrick Camiller

    Luciana Castellina is one of Italy's most prominent left intellectuals and a cofounder of the newspaper il manifesto. In this coming-of-age memoir, based on her diaries, she recounts her political awakening as a teenage girl in Fascist Italy—where she used to play tennis with Mussolini's daughter—and the subsequent downfall of the regime. Discovery of the World is about war, anti-Semitism, anti-fascism, resistance, the belief in social justice, the craving for experience, travel, political rallies, cinema, French intellectuals and FIAT workers, international diplomacy and friendship. All this is built on an intricate web made of reason and affection, of rational questioning and ironic self-narration as well as of profound nostalgia, disappointment and discovery.

    My Grandmother: An Armenian-Turkish Memoir by Fethiye Cetin. Translated by Maureen Freely

    A passionate memoir of the author’s discovery of her grandmother’s true identity. Growing up in the small town of Maden in Turkey, Fethiye Çetin knew her grandmother as a happy and respected Muslim housewife called Seher. Only decades later did she discover the truth. Her grandmother’s name was not Seher but Heranus. She was born a Christian Armenian. Most of the men in her village had been slaughtered in 1915. A Turkish gendarme had stolen her from her mother and adopted her. Çetin’s family history tied her directly to the terrible origins of modern Turkey and the organized denial of its Ottoman past as the shared home of many faiths and ways of life. A deeply affecting memoir, My Grandmother is also a step towards another kind of Turkey, one that is finally at peace with its past.

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  • Life and Death in Juarez: Sandra Rodríguez Nieto in conversation with Ed Vulliamy

    Ciudad Juárez, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua just across the border from El Paso, Texas has a reputation as one of the most murderous cities in the world.

    Sandra Rodríguez Nieto
    , an award-winning Mexican journalist, has has won several international awards for her groundbreaking reporting about the Ciudad Juárez, in particular on the thousands of young people driven into a world of crime and drugs.

    We were delighted to welcome her to London to talk about her new book The Story of Vicente, Who Murdered His Mother, His Father and His Sister: Life and Death in Juarez, "a masterpiece of reportage from the murder capital of the world” according to Ed Vulliamy (writer for the Guardian and Observer).

    She took part in this event at the Frontline Club with Ed Vulliamy, discussing the poverty, deep levels of corruption, incapacitated government institutions and US meddling that have combined to create an explosion of violence in Juárez.

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