And the Hippies Came (Llegaron los Hippies) is a book of twelve short stories written by Manuel Abreu Adorno and published in Spanish in 1978. 7Vientos' edition will be the first to offer this fantastic cult-classic in both Spanish and English. The picture you see here is the design of the new cover, based on the original artwork from the 1978 edition.
7V will publish the book in a limited-edition run of 1,000 hardcover copies. The edition will be a "flip" version. It will read through to the middle in Spanish, flip it over, and it will read through to the middle in English. We hope to reach a larger audience with just this one book than we could by publishing two separate versions.
In addition to the print version, And the Hippies Came (Llegaron los hippies) will be available as an e-book.
The money that you pledge will go towards the cost of printing the book itself. We've been fortunate to work with passionate people and the majority of the work that has been done so far has been pro bono. But we need your help to get this book out of the ether and into the hands of people like you!
A little more about the 7V edition:
The twelve stories were translated by Rafael Franco Steeves, a Puerto Rican writer who has published two books and various other stories and translations. He also provided the prologue to the book in English. He currently lives and works in Chicago.
The Spanish prologue was graciously provided by Rey Emmanuel Andújar, a Dominican writer and performer. Rey's constant movement has most recently landed him in Chicago where he writes and works.
According to Roberto Ampuero, Abreu Adorno anticipated “McOndismo” by fifteen years. “McOndismo” was a literary movement that attempted to renovate-renounce magical realism. He was a writer who, according to Yurkievich, was celebrated by Cortázar. Abreu Adorno was born in Puerto Rico in 1955 and died in Paris in 1984. His book of stories, Llegaron los hippies (And the Hippies Came), was published in 1978, and today is considered an authentic jewel of Puerto Rican and Latin American literature. His novel Elegía para Eleanor Rigby (Elegy for Eleanor Rigby), is lost and his other novel, No todas las suecas son rúbias (Not All Swedish Women Are Blonde), was published posthumously, as was his book of poetry, Sonido de lo Innombrable (The Sound of the Unnamable). In one of his poems, Abreu Adorno writes:
If I told you that
The Revolution is arriving
tonight on a
Pan American 747 at 11:43
and with no layover
would you believe me?
In Abreu Adorno’s pen there is a pulse of pop that fills everything he wrote with validity and relevance.
- (78 days)