Reading Across Borders: Gabi Martínez on 'In the Land of Giants'

Date & time

4–6pm 29 August 2017


SRWB Theatrette, Room 2.02, Sir Roland Wilson Building, ANU


Gabi Martínez
Lilit Thwaites
Consuelo Martínez Reyes


Humanities Research Centre

Join the Humanities Research Centre for a conversation with Gabi Martínez and his recently translated book In the Land of Giants [Solo para gigantes]. High up in the Hindu Kush, between the ancient pagan Kalash people and the new medievalists of the Taliban, a charismatic young Spaniard, Jordi Magraner, made his home, mastering the local languages and customs before meeting his death there in the most mysterious way. Gabi Martínez sets off in Jordi’s footsteps to the land of the giants in order to try to solve the riddle of this murder, and of Jordi’s life. Translator Lilit Thwaites will facilitate the conversation between Gabi and Consuelo, while they discuss the riveting story of, as renowned Spanish writer Javier Marías put it, “an obsessive trip, of a murder, of several love affairs, of a journey, of an adventurer who got lost forever.”

Gabi Martínez has published eleven fiction and non-fiction books. He is particularly well-known for his outstanding travel writing and literary journalism, and his novels have been selected as books of the year by Spanish literary magazine Qué Leer. Martinez was included in Palgrave/Macmillan’s list of the top five writers of Spanish Vanguardism in the last 20 years.

Lilit Thwaites is an award-winning Spanish-to-English literary translator and academic. She won the inaugural Multicultural NSW Early Career Translator Prize at the 2015 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. Her translation of Tears in Rain by eminent Spanish author, Rosa Montero was recognised by World Literature Today as one of the 75 Notable Translations of 2012.

Consuelo Martínez Reyes is Lecturer in Spanish Studies at the ANU. For questions about the event you can contact her at

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