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Talking about “better” in literature — and everything that art refers to — is complicated. In a discipline where one's perceptions and interpretations mediate the work, it is impossible to be impartial in any choice. Because the reader is also part of the construction of that work, therefore, the final product will vary from person to person. However, it is possible to recognize those authors who come to say something new or in a different way. That's what the English magazine Granta does every 10 years. And, in their last election , three Argentine writers are on the list , out of a total of 25 names.
Granta magazine was founded in London in 1889 and was relaunched in 1979. In 1983 he published his first selection of the best British young narrators, including Martin Amis, Kazuo Ishiguro, Salman Rushdie, Rose Tremain, Ian McEwan and Julian Barnes. He then published the first anthology with texts by those authors, which he continues to do until today.
In 2010, the Spanish version of the magazine did the same with young Spanish-speaking narrators . In that list, Argentine Samanta Schweblin, Pola Oloixarac, Patricio Pron, Lucia Puenzo, Andrés Neuman, Federico Falco and Oliverio Coelho were included. Recently, he has just published the latest selection, among which are three compatriots.
The jury that was tasked with the 25 names that will be part of the next anthology — to be published in Spanish and English — was made up of Gaby Wood, literary director of the Booker Prize; novelists Horacio Castellanos Moya, Rodrigo Fresán and Chloe Aridjis; and Valerie Miles and Aurelio Major, directors of the Spanish publication. The announcement took place at Instituto Cervantes in Madrid.
For the contest, only writers born after January 1, 1985 could apply. In total, almost two hundred authors were presented. Thirteen countries were represented in the final list: Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico.
The Argentine authors chosen among the top 5 young authors in Spanish were Michel Nieva, Camila Fabbri and Martín Felipe Castagnet.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1989, Camila Fabbri is a writer , playwright, director and actress. She is the author of the books Los accidents andthe day that turned off the light . In addition, he wrote and directed the works Brick, My First Hiroshima, Condition of Good Swimmers, On High Forever and Olympic Recital, the last two in collaboration with Eugenia Perez Tomas. In 2015 she was nominated for the Silver Condor Awards as a Revelation Actress for her performance in Martín Rejtman's film Two Shots .
Born in Buenos Aires in 1988, Michel Nieva studied Philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires and is a doctoral fellow and professor at the University of New York. Besides, he's a translator. He published the poems Recycling bin , the novels Do gauchoides dream with electric rheas? and Ascent and heyday of the Argentine Empire , and the essay Technology and Barbarism (Santiago Arcos, 2020).
Born in the city of La Plata (Buenos Aires) in 1986, Martín Felipe Castagnet holds a PhD in literature, graduated from the National University of La Plata. He is the editor of the bilingual magazine The Buenos Aires Review and Orsai magazine. The Summer Corps, his first novel, won the Saint-Nazaire MEET Young Latin American Literature Award and was translated into English, French and Hebrew. Then he published Los mantras modernos . In 2017, it was included in the list of Bogotá39, which distinguishes the most outstanding Latin American authors under 40 years of age.
This is the list of 25 authors chosen by the magazine Granta.
Camila Fabbri, Argentina, 1989
Michel Nieva, Argentina, 1988
Martin Felipe Castagnet, Argentina, 1986
Diego Zuniga, Chile, 1987
Estanislao Medina Huesca, Equatorial Guinea, 1990
Monica Ojeda, Ecuador, 1988
Carlos Fonseca, Costa Rica, 1987
Jose Adiak Montoya, Nicaragua, 1987
Miluska Benavides, Peru, 1986
Jose Ardila, Colombia, 1985
Gonzalo Baz, Uruguay, 1985
Irene Reyes-Noguerol, Spain, 1997
Andrea Abreu, Spain, 1995
Munir Hachemi, Spain, 1989
David Aliaga, Spain, 1989
Cristina Morales, Spain, 1985
Alejandro Morelon, Spain, 1985
Aniela Rodriguez, Mexico, 1992
Andrea Chapela, Mexico, 1990
Aura García-Junco, Mexico, 1989
Mateo Garcia Elizondo, Mexico, 1987
Carlos Manuel Alvarez, Cuba, 1989
Dainerys Machado Vento, Cuba, 1986
Eudris Planche Savon, Cuba, 1985
Paulina Flores, Chile, 1988
Publication Date: 11/04/2021
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