“Fortress Falklands, life under siege in Britain’s last outpost”, Graham Bound’s newest book on the subject of the Falkland Islands has been published in Spanish in Uruguay, allowing Argentines to, “learn a thing or two that might surprise them,” Graham told Penguin News this week.
Gustavo Güida Lansot, Director of Siglo Comunicación and a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine, who has visited the Falklands in the past and knew Graham personally, took up the project of releasing the book in South America after the pair had communicated last year.
Gustavo, who attempted, but failed, to establish an air-link between Stanley and Montevideo in 1992 said having heard of the book, “I asked for the book, I received it, enjoyed it” and told him that I was interested in the subject.
“The next step was to make an agreement with Pen & Sword publishers in order to have the exclusive rights to make the Spanish version and commercialisation in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
“We obtained it and finally last week the book was ready and we made the first distribution in Punta del Este bookshops.”
Graham commented, “I’m very pleased about this development as it reaches a whole new readership for me, and one that has a natural interest in the Falklands. I hope that through publication in Uruguay in Spanish it will reach a good number of Argentines, which is important.”
He said the book was an attempt to show the Falklands as they are today, “in all their complexity, which is a million miles away from the way that the Argentine government would portray them. I think that Islanders emerge from the book as forward thinking, confident, and dynamic, notwithstanding the challenges they face. And because it is a piece of independent journalism, I think it’s believable.”