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Simon Bruni is an award-winning literary translator with a focus on contemporary Spanish fiction and a wealth of experience translating books and articles within the humanities and social sciences.

Simon combines his profound knowledge of the Spanish language with a supple command of written English, working creatively to bring Spanish voices to life in their new host language. His translations include Paul Pen’s acclaimed The Light of the Fireflies, a novel that has sold over a hundred thousand copies in its English edition and has a big screen adaptation in the making.



Desert Flowers

Out 8 August 2017

Rose and Elmer have created an idyllic sanctuary for themselves and their five daughters in Mexico’s Baja California desert. Out there in the middle of nowhere, blissfully cut off from the burdens of modern society, they’re free to raise their beautiful family…and preserve its secret.

And they’re never giving it up.

Then a young hiker named Rick comes looking for a place to stay. It’s just for the night, he says—but long enough for Rose and Elmer to fear they’ve made a horrible mistake. As the stranger grows more intrusive and more suspicious, the couple know they must do what they can to protect themselves. What they don’t know is that Rick has a secret, too. Soon, home and family will prove to be as cold and dark as the desert nights. And even with so many places to run, there’s still no escape from the past that binds them.

“Simon is a literary translator of the highest artistic merit and professionalism.

Whenever I have the pleasure of working with him, I breathe more easily knowing the author will be well represented and that readers are in the best of hands.”

Elizabeth DeNoma

“Simon Bruni took a seventeenth-century text that was filled with archaic tenses, vocabulary and phraseology, and was almost devoid of punctuation, and transformed it into lucid, graceful prose.

I couldn’t be more pleased with the translation.”

Emma Wilby
 Historian and Author

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