David Unger (author)
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Unger at the Miami Book Fair International, 2014
|Born||6 November 1950
Guatemala City, Guatemala
|Occupation||author and translator|
Unger teaches at the City College of New York and is the International Rep for the Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara. In 2014 he was awarded Guatemala's prestigious Miguel Angel Asturias National Literature Prize for lifetime achievement. He is the author of The Mastermind (Akashic Books, 2016; Planeta Mexico: 2015),La Casita: Forgetting Spanish (Mexico: CIDCLI, 2014),El precio de la fuga (Guatemala: F y G Editores, 2013), La Casita (Mexico: CIDCLI, 2012), The Price of Escape (New York: Akashic Books, 2011), Para mi, eres divina (Mexico: Random House Mondadori, 2011), Ni chicha, ni limonada (F y G Editores, 2009; Recorded Books, 2010), Life in the Damn Tropics (Wisconsin University Press, 2004), which has been published in Spanish (Mexico: Plaza y Janes, 2004) and Chinese (Taipei: Locus Publishers, 2006), and Neither Caterpillar Nor Butterfly (New York: Es Que Somos Muy Pobres Press, 1985). He has translated more than a dozen books, including three books by Guatemalan Rigoberta Menchu (Groundwood Books ), two books by Cuban Teresa Cardenas (Groundwood Books), The Love You Promised Me by Mexican Silvia Molina (Curbstone Press), First Love by Mexican Elena Garro (Curbstone Press)and The Dead Leaves by Mexican Barbara Jacobs (Curbstone Press). He is the editor and the main translator of Nicanor Parra's Poems and Anti-Poems (New Directions), the most complete collection of this important Chilean poet, and contributed to Enrique Lihn's The Dark Room (New York: New Directions, 1978) and Roque Dalton's Short Hours of the Night (Willimantic: Curbstone Press). Though he writes in English, he is considered among Guatemala's most important living writers..
Unger lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife the artist Anne Gilman.
- An essay by David Unger in Guernica (guernicamag.com)
- An interview with David Unger (in Spanish)
- Another interview with David Unger (in Spanish)
- A new interview with David Unger (in Spanish)
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