Alejandro Zambra Chile

Alejandro Zambra (1975, Santiago de Chile) is a writer who evokes the existential dilemmas underlying everyday life in Chile. He is the author of three very short, lyrical novels of astonishing depth and resonance. Beneath a seemingly mundane surface, interwoven with intriguing structural games and masterly economy of language, he explores notions of love and trust, and reveals the inexorable impact of the past on the present. A representative of the generation who were children during the dictatorship, Zambra reflects on the ownership of that painful history.

Report from the 2013 Prince Claus Awards Committee here.