Marcos y Marcos is an indipendent publishing house founded in Milan in 1981 and directed by Claudia Tarolo and Marco Zapparoli.
It publishes around twenty books a year, works very hard on promotion and strongly believes in longsellers.
It has published almost seven hundreds books, and four hundred titles are currently available in the backlist.
Its long lasting committment to promote reading has given it prominence on the Italian and international publishing scene: it is now working with two hundreds booksellers on major national events and collaborating with cultural agencies in Switzerland and in the United Arab Emirates on projects aimed to promote reading. It focuses primarily on contemporary fiction and poetry from all over the world; its colourful covers have quickly become a fully recognizable trademark.
Marcos y Marcos has been instrumental in the success enjoyed in Italy by excellent literary authors such as John Fante, Boris Vian, John Kennedy Toole, Friedrich Dürrenmatt. It has also launched emerging international talents like Quim Monzò, Jhumpa Lahiri, Michael Zadoorian, Angeles Caso and Ricardo Menéndez Salmón.
Our catalogue includes good commercial authors as well, including Carlene Thompson and Lisa Gardner.
Marcos y Marcos has discovered Italian authors who are becoming famous such as Cristiano Cavina, Giorgio Caponetti, Bruno Osimo and Fulvio Ervas; in 2012 Se ti abbraccio non aver paura by Fulvio Ervas has been a true bestseller (250,000 copies sold, translated into eight languages).
Other important Italian authors like Paolo Nori and Lello Gurrado chose to publish with Marcos y Marcos because they liked its way.
Two of the most relevant Italian poets, Fabio Pusterla and Cristina Alziati, publish with Marcos y Marcos; the international poetry catalogue boasts two Nobel Prize winners, the Irishman Seamus Heaney and the Cilean Gabriela Mistral.
Marcos y Marcos is the first publishing house to have started a course in publishing in 2000.
Since 2011 it has been running creative writing and translation courses.
Marcos y Marcos also publishes the series Riga, directed by Marco Belpoliti and Elio Grazioli, monographs on emblematic figures of the twentieth century – the last issue is focused on Andy Warhol – and it publishes also Testo a fronte, a magazine directed by Franco Buffoni, the most reputable Italian review on literary translation.
On August 1st 2012 Marcos y Marcos has moved to via Piranesi 10, in the Frigoriferi Milanesi complex: a kind of “fine arts village” in Milan.