The etymology of anagram brings us to the
French anagramme, which comes from the Latin anagramma. According to
is a modification to the order of the letters that make up a
word, generating a different word.
Take the case of the word "cat. " If we transpose the
letters, changing them, we can form other terms, such as "drop" or "toga". Thus, "cat", "drop" and "toga" are
anagrams: words that are written with the same letters, but
located in a different way.
The expressions can also result in anagrams. "Crazy
author", for example, is an anagram of "Colo Taurus". Anagrams
can appear in different languages: "An Smith" is
anagram of "This Man".
It is curious that the anagram concept itself allows
creating anagrams such as "frog range" or "lean ana". It
should be noted that anagrams are often used in word games and puzzles as a hobby,
since they require the use of creativity and memory for their training. Good
anagram management requires an extensive vocabulary.
As can be seen in all the previous examples, it is not a requirement of the
anagram that the words have some kind of relationship regarding their semantics or
their grammar, although this does not mean that they cannot exist by mere
coincidence. It is said that "Voltaire", a pseudonym for the famous writer,
philosopher and historian of French origin, emerged as an anagram of his
surname, Arouet, in the expression " Arouet l e j eune"
the young man), taking only the "L" and "j" of the remaining two words and
considering the "u" as a "v", and the "j" as an "i".
Anagrama, on the other hand, is the name of a
publishing house created in 1969 in the Spanish city of Barcelona. Its
founder was Jorge Herralde, renowned editor and writer.
Thanks to Herralde's work, many authors from different languages have
been able to bring their works closer to Spanish-speaking readers. His career in
the publishing world has been awarded on more than one occasion
by organizations from various countries. With respect to his literary legacy as
an author, he has published about a dozen books in which he often delves into
his editorial work. His wife, Eulalia Lali Gubern, was a bookseller and
The Editorial Anagrama has published books by great
authors from around the world, such as Vladimir
Nabokov, Norman Mailer, Sergio Pitol, Ricardo
Piglia, Enrique Vila-Matas, Thomas Bernhard, Alvaro
Pombo and Javier Marias. The company, on the other
hand, awards two distinctions each year to recognize the quality of unpublished
works: the Herralde Novel Prize and the Anagrama Essay
Throughout the history of this publishing house, which covers
approximately half a century, its book catalog has exceeded three thousand, and
among them are many of today's most important essay and narrative titles,
although it goes without saying that not all authors are fortunate to publish in
this house, and therefore competition is necessary.
Anagrama has several collections, with different themes, and the most
significant are the following:
* Hispanic narratives, where Spanish-speaking fiction writers
are grouped, such as Roberto Bolaño, Vera Giaconi, Álvaro Pombo, Marta Sanz,
Ricardo Piglia, Mariana Enriquez, Javier Tomeo, Sara Mesa, Sergio Pitol, Esther
García Llovet and, in the beginning of their careers, Antonio Soler and Javier
* Narrative Panorama, which focuses on the
fiction of foreign authors such as Cahterine Millet, Vladimir
Nabokov, Pauline Dreyfus, Thomas Bernhard, Yasmina Reza, Patrick Modiano, Jean
Echenoz, Ian McEwan, Christie Bridget, Norman Mailer, Linda Rosenkrantz, Albert
Cohen, Sara Waters, Martin Amis, Roberto Calasso and Alessandro Baricco;
* Arguments, with essays of
various kinds, prepared by contemporary writers, philosophers and thinkers,
among which we can highlight Graciela Speranza, Anselm Jappe, Julia Cagé, Guy
Debord, Patricia Soley-Beltran, Greil Marcus and Hans Magnus Enzensberger.