The Book of Denial


This book is not yet published, but will be available from March 2024.

ISBN: 9781592703623 Category:

Ricardo Chávez Castañeda


From award-winning Mexican author Ricardo Chávez Castañeda and the visionary Mexican designer Alejandro Magallanes comes a horror story and ghost story that is both daringly and beautifully told in word and image.

There are stories so terrible that we tremble to hear even a whisper of them. Even more terrible, some of them are true.This is one such story, a story of our deepest inhumanity-one that confronts the history of violence against children, and through its young narrator attempts to find a way out. A horror story and ghost story told as much through art as through text, The Book of Denial is an antidote to our collective silence. By uplifting storytelling as a means of understanding the past and shaping the future, it is also-improbably-a beacon of hope.

Written by genre-defying Mexican author Ricardo Chávez Castañeda, The Book of Denial is a dark and powerful story within a story, illustrated with a striking graphic sensibility by Alejandro Magallanes and translated by Lawrence Schimel.
This is the third book to appear under Unruly, an imprint of picture books for older readers, and will include a short note to readers about how it continues to build this experimental framework of visually complex, sophisticated picture books for teens and adults.

Additional information

Dimensions 17.8 x 24.1 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 28 March 2024
Number of pages 148
Format Board book
Contributors Illustrated by Alejandro Magallanes
Dimensions 17.8 x 24.1 cm
Weight g


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Lawrence Schimel is a full-time author, writing in both Spanish and English, who has published over one hundred twenty books in a wide range of genres. He is also a prolific literary translator whose translations include La Bastarda (a Global Literature in Libraries Best Translated YA Honor Book, Lambda Literary Award finalist, and ALA Rainbow Book List selection) and Out in the Open (an Eisner Award finalist). He currently lives in Madrid.

Ricardo Chávez Castañeda was born in Mexico City in 1961. He is one of the founding members of the Mexican literary movement known as the Crack, which began in the 1990s with a group of young writers who broke with literary conventions in a reaction against the Latin American Boom. Castañeda has won many prizes for his writing, which includes novels, short stories, essays, and children's books. He holds a BA in Psychology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and a Master's Degree in Creative Writing from New Mexico State University. He currently teaches creative writing at Middlebury College.

Alejandro Magallanes was born in Mexico City in 1971, and graduated from the National School of Plastic Arts of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He is dedicated to playing and working with letters and images, and he has created a style that has earned him important awards in Mexico and abroad. In addition to his extensive experience as a graphic designer and an illustrator, he is the author of books for children and young people.