Alejandro Zambra

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Alejandro Zambra
Born 1975
Santiago, Chile
Occupation Writer
Language Spanish
Nationality Chilean
Citizenship Chilean
Alma mater University of Chile, Pontifical Catholic University
Notable work(s) Bonsái (2006)
Notable award(s) Altazor Award, Prince Claus Awards[1]

Alejandro Andrés Zambra Infantas (Santiago, Chile, 1975 - ) is a Chilean poet, novelist, and literary critic.

Biography[edit]

Alejandro Zambra was born in 1975 in Villa Portales, a district of Santiago, Chile, to Horacio Zambra and Rosa Infantas. At age five, his family moved to the village of Las Terrazas in Maipú.

Zambra studied at the Instituto Nacional General José Miguel Carrera and the University of Chile, from where he graduated in 1997 with a degree in Hispanic literature. He won a scholarship to pursue postgraduate studies in Madrid, where he obtained an MA in Hispanic studies.

Back in Chile, he received a PhD in literature from the Pontifical Catholic University.

He currently teaches at the School of Literature at the Diego Portales University in Santiago.

Literary career[edit]

Zambra's first novel, Bonsái, was awarded the Chilean Critics Award for best novel of the year in 2006 and attracted much attention in Chile.[2] As the highly influential Santiago newspaper El Mercurio summed up, "The publication of Bonsai ... marked a kind of bloodletting in Chilean literature. It was said (or argued) that it represented the end of an era, or the beginning of another, in the nation's letters."[3] In 2011 the book was turned into a film of the same name.[4]

Zambra has contributed articles on literature in newspapers Las Últimas Noticias, The Clinic, El Mercurio and La Tercera, and magazines such as Turia and Letras Libres (Mexico).[5]

Bibliography[edit]

Poetry[edit]

  • 1998 - Bahía Inútil, poems 1996-1998, Ediciones Stratis, Santiago, ISBN 978-956-288-147-0
  • 2003 - Mudanza, Santiago, Quid Ediciones.

Novels[edit]

  • 2006 - Bonsái, Anagrama, Barcelona
  • 2007 - La vida privada de los árboles, Anagrama, Barcelona
  • 2011 - Formas de volver a casa, Anagrama, Barcelona

Short stories[edit]

  • 2013 - Mis documentos, 12 cuentos, Anagrama, Barcelona

Criticism and essays[edit]

  • 2002 - Roberto Bolaño: la escritura como tauromaquia
  • 2010 - No leer, compilation of critiques, Alpha Decay, Barcelona, 2012.

English translations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012 Principal Prince Claus awardees announced" (Press release). Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Escritores cuentan cómo crean obras". Los Tiempos (in Spanish). August 25, 2007. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ Valdes, Marcela (July 6, 2009). "Seed Projects: The Fiction of Alejandro Zambra". The Nation. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ Leo Nikolaidis. "Interview with Bonsai director Cristián Jiménez". Sounds and Colours. Retrieved April 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Alejandro Zambra - Bonsai pdf" (in Spanish). Enlace de Bibliotecas Digitales. Retrieved January 19, 2013.