‘a densely packed postmodern story that is a rich and kaleidoscopic vision of Latin America’s most destitute and marginal’
Gabriela Cabezón Cámara was born in Buenos Aires in 1968. She has published the novel Slum Virgin (known in Spanish as La Virgen Cabeza, 2009), the nouvelle Le viste la cara a Dios (You’ve Seen God’s Face, 2011), and La Isla de la Luna (Island of the Moon, 2012). She has also published the comic Beya, le viste la cara a Dios (Biutiful, You’ve Seen God’s Face), based on the former text and illustrated by Iñaki Echeverría (2013). The graphic novel won the Argentine Senate’s Alfredo Palacios Prize and was recognised by Buenos Aires City Council and the Congress of Buenos Aires Province for its social and cultural significance and its vital contribution in the fight against human trafficking. In 2014 she published the novel Romance de la Negra Rubia (Romance of the Black Blonde) and the following year she produced Sacrificios (Sacrifices), edited by the Argentinian National Library for the Bicentenary Collection. Also in 2015 her book of stories, Y su despojo fue una muchedumbre (And Her Waste Was a Crowd) came out, illustrated once again by Iñaki Echeverría. In 2013 she was writer in residence at UC Berkeley, where she also taught. She was one of the founders of the NiUnaMenos (“Not One Less”) movement against femicides and gender violence. The Adventures of China Iron is her most recent novel.
Renato Cisneros (Lima, 1976) is a well-known journalist, broadcaster and writer in Peru, where he presents current affairs programmes on radio and TV. Having published a number of books of poetry and two novels, in 2015 he stepped back from his career as a broadcaster to fully concentrate on his writing. The Distance Between Us has sold over 35,000 copies in Peru alone and has been lauded in the Peruvian and international press. The Distance Between Us was shortlisted for the Second Mario Vargas Llosa Biannual Award, longlisted for the Prix Médicis (2017) and was the winner of the Prix Transfuge du Meilleur Roman de Littérature Hispanique (2017). A prequel, Dejarás la tierra is already a bestseller in Spain and Latin America and will be published by Charco Press in 2020. Renato Cisneros lives in Madrid.
Margarita García Robayo
Margarita García Robayo (Cartagena, Colombia, 1980) is the author of three novels, a book of autobiographical essays and several collections of short stories, including Cosas peores (Worse Things), which obtained the prestigious Casa de las Américas Prize in 2014. Her work has appeared in several anthologies such as Región: cuento político latinoamericano (Political Latin American Short Stories) and Childless Parents. In 2013 she was awarded a Literary Creation Grant from the Han Nefkens Foundation and the Pompeu Fabra University. Her books have been published in Latin America as well as in Spain, and have been translated into French, Portuguese, Italian, Hebrew, and Chinese. She lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Ricardo Romero was born in the province of Entre Ríos, in northern Argentina, in 1976. He studied Literature at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba and has been living in Buenos Aires since 2002. Between 2003 and 2006 he directed the literary journal Oliverio and between 2006 and 2010 he was one of the members of the ‘El Quinteto de la Muerte’ (The Lethal Quintet) with which he published two books: 5 and La fiesta de la narrativa (Fiction’s Party). He has also published a book of short stories, Tantas noches como sean necesarias (As Many Nights as may be Necessary, 2006) and the novels Ninguna parte (Nowhere, 2003), El síndrome de Rasputín (Rasputin’s Syndrome, 2008), Los bailarines del fin del mundo (The Dancers of the End of the World, 2009), Perros de la lluvia (Rain Dogs, 2011), El spleen de los muertos (The Spleen of the Dead, 2013) and Historia de Roque Rey (The Tale of Roque Rey, 2014). The President’s Room (2015) is his latest novel.
Luis Sagasti, a writer, lecturer and art critic, was born in Bahía Blanca, Argentina in 1963. He graduated in History at the Universidad Nacional del Sur where he now teaches. From 1995 to 2003 he was Curator in charge of Education and Cultural Outreach at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Bahía Blanca, authoring numerous art catalogues for exhibitions. Including Fireflies (known in Spanish as Bellas Artes, 2011), he has published four novels: El Canon de Leipzig (Leipzig's Canon, 1999), Los mares de la Luna (Seas of the Moon, 2006), and Maelstrom (2015). He also has a book of essays Perdidos en el espacio (Lost in Space, 2011). His new novel, Una ofrenda musical (A Musical Offering) came out in early 2017.
Daniel Mella (Montevideo, Uruguay, 1976) is one of the key figures in contemporary Latin American literature. He published his first novel Pogo (Mosh, 1997) at the age of 21, followed by Derretimiento (Melt, 1998). Both books were lauded by critics and quickly gained Mella the reputation of a cult writer, with his unique take on violence and moral decline. He cemented his place on the literary scene with his third novel, Noviembre (November, 2000). After a decade without writing, Mella returned with Lava (2013), a collection of short stories for which he was awarded the Bartolomé Hidalgo Prize, the most prestigious literary prize in Uruguay. Older Brother appeared in 2017, garnering jubilant press internationally and winning Mella the Bartolomé Hidalgo Prize for the second time. Considered by some critics to be the ‘Dostoyevsky of the River Plate’, this is Mella’s first book in English.
Carla Maliandi was born in Venezuela in 1976 and is the daughter of Argentinian philosophers Ricardo Maliandi and Graciela Fernández who were forced to escape Argentina’s military regime. She is an award-winning playwright, theatre director, university lecturer and writer. She has written and directed five theatre plays, which were all staged in Buenos Aires as well as in different international theatre festivals. She has also co-written several other plays. She is part of the writers’ collective Rioplatensas as part of which she directs a literary journal and a TV programme. Her plays Espejo en el desierto (Mirror in the desert) and Regen (Rain) appeared in an anthology published by the National Theatre Institute of Argentina, and her short story Indio (Indian) was included in a short story collection entitled Zona de cuentos (Short Story Zone). The German Room is her first novel and was chosen by several critics as one of the best books to come out of Argentina in 2017. It will be published in France (Métailié) and Germany (Bernberg Verlag). She lives in Buenos Aires.
Jorge Consiglio was born in Buenos Aires in 1962. He has published four novels: El bien (The Good, 2003; Award for Emerging Writers, Opera Prima, Spain), Gramática de la sombra (Grammar of the Shadows, 2007; Third Municipal Prize for Novels), Pequeñas intenciones (Small Intentions, 2011; Second National Prize for Novels, First Municipal Prize for Novels) and Hospital Posadas (2015). They have all been awarded prizes in Argentina and in Spain. He has also published three collections of short stories, including Southerly (2016), whose title in Spanish is Villa del Parque, and five books of poems.
‘Ariana Harwicz's novels capture your imagination. (…) Very hard to drop or ever to forget.’
Selected as favourite book of 2017 for Publishers Weekly
SHORTLISTED for 2018 Republic of Consciousness Prize
‘It has a flavour of Fever Dream meets Sorry to Disrupt the Peace. A striking novel.’
Compared to Nathalie Sarraute, Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath, Ariana Harwicz is one of the most radical figures in contemporary Argentinian literature. Her prose is characterized by its violence, eroticism, irony and direct criticism to the clichés surrounding the notions of the family and conventional relationships. Born in Buenos Aires in 1977, Harwicz studied screenwriting and drama in Argentina, and earned a first degree in Performing Arts from the University of Paris VII as well as a Master’s degree in comparative literature from the Sorbonne. She has taught screenwriting and written two plays, which have been staged in Buenos Aires. She directed the documentary El día del Ceviche (Ceviche’s Day), which has been shown at festivals in Argentina, Brazil, Cuba and Venezuela. Her first novel, Die, My Love received rave reviews and was named best novel of 2012 by the Argentinian daily La Nación. It is currently being adapted for theatre in Buenos Aires and in Israel. She is considered to be at the forefront of the so-called new Argentinian fiction, together with other female writers such as Selva Almada, Samanta Schweblin, Mariana Enríquez and Gabriela Cabezón Cámara.
Julián Fuks was born in São Paulo in 1981 and is the son of Argentinian parents. As an author whose work has garnered several top international literary prizes, Julián Fuks has gained recognition as one of Brazil’s most outstanding young writers. He has worked as a reporter for the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo and as a reviewer for the magazine Cult. Fuks is the author of Histórias de literatura e cegueira (2007) and Procura do romance (2011), both shortlisted for the Oceanos Award as well as for the Jabuti Award. During 2017, Julián Fuks worked alongside Mia Couto as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Considered by Fuks to be his most important work to date, Resistance was the winner of the Jabuti Award for Book of the Year (2016), the Oceanos Prize (2016), the José Saramago Literary Prize (2017) and the Anna Seghers Prize (2018). He currently lives in São Paulo.
Considered to be one of the most prominent names among the new generation of Guatemalan writers, Rodrigo Fuentes (1984) won the Carátula Central American Short Story Prize (2014) as well as the Juegos Florales of Quetzaltenango Short Story Prize (2008). He is the co-founder and editor of the magazine Suelta and of the digital publishing house and literary journal Traviesa. Trout, Belly Up was shortlisted for the 2018 Premio Hispanoamericano de Cuento Gabriel García Márquez, the most prestigious prize awarded to short-story writers in Latin America. It has been published in Guatemala, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia, as well as in France. Rodrigo currently lectures at the College of the Holy Cross in the United States, and lives between Providence and Guatemala. This is his first book to appear in English.
Compared to Carson McCullers, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Sara Gallardo and Juan Carlos Onetti, Selva Almada (Entre Ríos, Argentina, 1973) is considered one of the most powerful voices of contemporary Argentinian and Latin American literature and one of the most influential feminist intellectuals of the region. Including her début The Wind that Lays Waste, she has published two novels, a book of short stories, a book of journalistic fiction and a kind of film diary (written in the set of Lucrecia Martel’s most recent film Zama, based on Antonio di Benedetto’s novel). She has been finalist of the Rodolfo Walsh Award and of the Tigre Juan Award (both in Spain). Her work has been translated into French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Swedish and Turkish. This is her first book to appear in English (being published in collaboration with Graywolf Press, US).
Brenda Lozano (Mexico City, 1981) is a fiction writer, essayist, and editor. She studied literature in Mexico and the United States. She has participated in literary residencies in the US, Europe, and Latin America, and her work has appeared in several anthologies. She edits the literary journal Make in Chicago, and she is part of Ugly Duckling Press in New York. In addition to Loop, she has published her début novel, Todo nada (All or Nothing, 2009), which is currently being adapted for the screen, and a book of short stories Cómo piensan las piedras (How Stones Think, 2017). In 2015, she was recognised by Conaculta, the Hay Festival, and the British Council as one of the most important authors under forty years of age coming out of Mexico, and in 2017 she was chosen by the Hay Festival as part of the Bogotá 39: a list of the most outstanding new authors coming out of Latin America. She currently lives in Mexico City. Loop is her first book to appear in English.
Compared to Cormac McCarthy and Garth Greenwell, Giuseppe Caputo was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, in 1982. He studied creative writing at New York University and at the University of Iowa. Also at Iowa, he specialised in queer and gender studies. An Orphan World is his début novel, and earned Caputo a place as part of the 2017 Hay Festival’s Bogotá 39 list of best Latin American writers under 40. He is also the author of several books of poems including Garden of Meat, The Cage Man and Jesus’ Nativities, and of a second novel which remains unpublished to date. He is a contributor to Arcadia magazine and El Tiempo newspaper. After being Cultural Director of the Bogotá International Book Festival for many years, Caputo now teaches creative writing at the Instituto Caro Cuervo in Bogotá.
24 October 2019