Pola Oloixarac

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Pola Oloixarac
OccupationWriter, journalist, translator

Pola Oloixarac is an Argentinian writer, journalist, and translator.


In 2010, she was chosen as one of Granta's Best Young Spanish Novelists.[1] In the same year, she was invited to participate in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. She is the recipient of a literary award from the Fondo Nacional de las Artes.[2] She studied philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires, and has contributed articles for various publications such as The New York Times, The Telegraph, Rolling Stone, Folha de Sao Paulo, Revista Clarín, Etiqueta Negra, Quimera, Brando, América Economía, among other media. Her bestselling first novel, Savage Theories (Las teorías salvajes, 2008), has been translated in French, Dutch, Finnish, Italian and Portuguese.

Savage Theories was published in English translation by Soho Press in January 2017.[3]

Oloixarac has been invited to present her work and views on literature at different international forums and universities such as Stanford, Harvard, Cornell, Dartmouth, University of Toronto, University of Florida, Americas Society, and literary festivals including Jaipur Literature Festival, LIWRE in Finland, Hay Cartagena, FLIP Brasil, Miami Book Fair, Marathon des Mots in Toulouse, FIL Lima, Crossing Borders Antwerp/ The Hague, among others.

She's a founding editor of The Buenos Aires Review bilingual journal featuring contemporary literature in the Americas.[4]

Savage Theories[edit]

Savage Theories provoked critical and cultural controversy upon its release, with its subject matter and Oloixarac's public image coming under scrutiny.[5] According to Oloixarac, "[t]he book has sparked verbal violence and a sexist uproar precisely because it doesn't deal with the issues that are traditionally associated with 'women's literature,' but instead contains a sociological critique that is both intelligent and satirical, which are apparently traits solely reserved for men."[6]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Las teorías salvajes (Buenos Aires: Alpha Decay, 2014)
  • Las constelaciones oscuras (Buenos Aires: Random House, 2015)

In English[edit]

  • Savage Theories, Roy Kesey, translator (New York: Soho Press, 2017)
  • Dark Constellations, Roy Kesey, translator (New York: Soho Press, 2019)


  1. ^ Alison Flood (1 October 2010). "Granta names 'best young Spanish-language novelists' | Books | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  2. ^ [1] Archived 18 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Oloixarac, Pola (2017). Savage theories. Kesey, Roy,. New York, NY: Soho Press. ISBN 9781616957353. OCLC 947074522.
  4. ^ "The Buenos Aires Review". The Buenos Aires Review. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Los debates salvajes – Infonews | Un mundo, muchas voces". Elargentino.com. 16 April 2009. Archived from the original on 18 April 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  6. ^ "ARGENTINA: Women Writers Who Break the Mould – IPS". Ipsnews.net. 11 July 2009. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2012.

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