Ruben Varona

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Ruben Varona
Born Rubén Andres Varona Herrera
April 7, 1980
Popayán, Cauca, Colombia
Occupation Writer, literary critic
Nationality Colombian
Genre Novels, Short stories, Poems, Essays, Chronic

Ruben Varona (Popayán, 1980) is a Colombian author, poet, editor, and literary critic specialized in thrillers and detective narrative.

Born in Popayán, he studied business administration at the Universidad del Cauca. After the publication of his first novel, he quit his job as director of a center for regional development (CREPIC), to experience the life from the perspective of an immigrant in England where he worked for a year as volunteer in the Colchester Emergency Night Shelter.

In 2012, he earned a bilingual M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Texas, El Paso. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in Hispanic Literature at Texas Tech University. He is the co-founder of the Revista Cultural La Mandrágora in Popayán. His deep interest in detective fiction has gained him recognition, being elected Vice-President for Latin American of the International Association of Crime Writers AIEP-IACW (2008-2016).[1]

Rubén Varona’s writing explores social conflicts and the potential for individual resistance. His literary and academic work reveals structural problems in fictional societies raising awareness of major social conflicts through the juxtaposition of multiple perspectives of social justice. For example, his coauthored novel La secta de los asesinos (2016) [2] , approaches today’s terrorism from a historical perspective that humanizes the political and religious tensions between East and West. This work was a finalist for the Premio Planeta-Casa de América award, and the media credited it for anticipating to the foundation of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Varona’s writing style uses the ¨brutality, obscenity and crime to expose the dark skeleton of reality, and to reveal the ugliness implicit in our canon of beauty said (Mónica Chamorro) [3] For example, about his third novel La hora del cheesecake (2015), the scholar Rodrigo Pereyra highlights the “intensity of language that forces the reader to place themselves in different planes and levels for the reconfiguration of both time and discourse” (Said Rodrigo Pereyra). [4]

He has been chosen for several collections and anthologies of short stories: Al filo de las palabras (Editorial Universidad del Cauca 2001), Señales de ruta (Ed. Juan Pablo Plata, Arango Editores, 2008), El Fungible (Punto de Lectura 2008), Zürich, Ausfahrt Mord Krimi-Anthologie (Ed. Paul Ott, 2011), and Short Story Anthology: Latein-Amerika (Podium Lietatur, Ed. Beatrix Kramlovsky and Sylvia Unterrander).

He is the author of the novels El sastre de las sombras, La Pereza Ediciones (2013) and Espérame desnuda entre los alacranes, Axis Mundi 2007, whose title is inspired by a verse of the colombian poet Giovanni Quessep, itself inspired by the story of Remdios, La Bella, a character of the novel 'One hundred years of solitude' by Gabriel García Márquez).




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