Distancia de rescate (Fever Dream) by Samanta Schweblin – A Review

Distancia de rescate (Fever Dream) Samanta Schweblin Literatura Random House, 2014, pg 124 I’m not sure what I think of Distancia de rescate. My uncertainty is not a backhanded way of saying the book isn’t that good. Normally I am a big fan of Schweblin as you can see in my writings on her work. … Continue reading Distancia de rescate (Fever Dream) by Samanta Schweblin – A Review

Siete casas vacías (Seven Empty Houses) by Samanta Schweblin – A Review

Siete casas vacías (Seven Empty Houses) Samanta Schweblin Páginas de Espuma, 2016, pg 123 Anyone who has read this blog will know that I admire Samanta Schweblin’s work. While little has come out in English, and at that only a few stories and a short novel, her work as a short story writer deserves attention. … Continue reading Siete casas vacías (Seven Empty Houses) by Samanta Schweblin – A Review

New Collection of Ana María Shua Short Stories, Contra el tiempo, Edited by Samanta Schweblin

Páginas de Espuma recently published a collection of short stories from the Argentine writer Ana María Shua. What caught my interest is Samanta Schweblin, one of the short story writers I mention on this blog with a certain frequency is the editor. The collection is the third in the Vivir del Cuento series from Páginas … Continue reading New Collection of Ana María Shua Short Stories, Contra el tiempo, Edited by Samanta Schweblin

Short Story Black Holes by Samanta Schweblin up at Contemporary Argentine Writers

Dario at Contemporary Argentine Writers has published a translation of Samanta Schweblin’s Black Holes from her collection El Núcleo del Disturbio. Dr. Ottone halts in the corridor and begins to balance on the balls of his feet, very slowly at first, with his eyes fixed on one of the hospital’s black and white floor tiles, … Continue reading Short Story Black Holes by Samanta Schweblin up at Contemporary Argentine Writers

“An Unlucky Man” by Samanta Schweblin Translated at Contemporary Argentine Writers Blog

Update 1/30/2013 Schweblin’s has expressed interest in finding a forum for publishing the story. As such Bard has been asked to take the translation down for the time being. When ever the story is published I will be sure to let you know. Dario’s blog is still worth taking a look at. Edited Post The … Continue reading “An Unlucky Man” by Samanta Schweblin Translated at Contemporary Argentine Writers Blog

Samanta Schweblin Recieves the Juan Rulfo Prize for the Short Story

Samanta Schweblin one of the short story writers I mention here with some frequency received the Juan Rulfo Prize for the Short Story. What’s interesting is that she won for a story that really isn’t in her typical fantastical and absurd style. Instead, she won for a short story that is mostly autobiographic and realistic. … Continue reading Samanta Schweblin Recieves the Juan Rulfo Prize for the Short Story

La furia de las pestes (The fury of plague) by Samanta Schweblin – A Review

La furia de las pestes Samanta Schweblin Fondo Editorial Casa de las Americas, 2008, 111 pg For readers of Spanish language literature in translation Samanta Schweblin’s name is slowly getting a little more notice. She has appeared in Words Without Borders, the Granta 22 best Young Writers in Spanish, and will appear in the forth … Continue reading La furia de las pestes (The fury of plague) by Samanta Schweblin – A Review

Reviewing Granta’s Young Spanish Writers:Puenzo, Barba, Schweblin, Montes, Olmos

It is probably not the best way to start this mini review by saying, now I remember why I never buy the Grant Best American/British youngster editions. I find them uneven and while there is usually something interesting in the volume, of other writers I can only ask, why? I broke down this time because … Continue reading Reviewing Granta’s Young Spanish Writers:Puenzo, Barba, Schweblin, Montes, Olmos

Samanta Schweblin’s Pájaros en la boca Reviewed in Letras Libres

Letras Libres has a fairly negative review of Samanta Schweblin’s latest book. I have been curious about her work and have written a reflection on her works recently. I haven’t decided where I fall when thinking about her work. It can be interesting, but at least one story I read seemed too safe. ¿Qué necesidad … Continue reading Samanta Schweblin’s Pájaros en la boca Reviewed in Letras Libres

The Short Stories of Samanta Schweblin – Some Thoughts

Samanta Schweblin is an Argentine author, one of Granta’s young Spanish language novelists. Little of her work is available in English except for the Granta piece and a story at Words Without Borders. I’ve had the chance to read the story at Words Without Borders and the four stories that are available in Spanish on her website and I have found … Continue reading The Short Stories of Samanta Schweblin – Some Thoughts

Without Borders Featuring Argentina and Granta Youngsters, Andres Nueman and Samanta Schweblin

I’m looking forward to Words Without Borders issue on Argentinian literature. There look to be some interesting items and if you are one of those following the Granta en español best young writers you can put you can give a read to Andres Neuman and Samanta Schweblin. IF you are looking for a fresher take … Continue reading Without Borders Featuring Argentina and Granta Youngsters, Andres Nueman and Samanta Schweblin

Samanta Schweblin Discussing the Line Between Reality and the Fantastic (Spanish Only)

The Samanta Schweblin interview on Canal-L is definitely worth watching. From the way she talks she falls into the group of writers stemming from Cortazar who mix reality with the fantastic, but try to keep the two blurred, as if they were interchangeable. I’d be curious to read her book of stories as I am … Continue reading Samanta Schweblin Discussing the Line Between Reality and the Fantastic (Spanish Only)

Spanish Short Stories

  Short stories originally written in Spanish. Some of these authors have written novels and I have reviewed some of them, too. I note them as needed. I also wrote an article for the Quarterly Conversation that covered several of these authors. I have listed the article several times. If you want to get a … Continue reading Spanish Short Stories

Guide to Argentine Literature at the Feria de Guadalajara from El Pais

El Pais has a guide to Argentine literature for the Feria de Guadalajara. The is plenty to read, from the famous to the up and coming. I recommend the overview article which discusses Argentina, writing as a profession and newer writers. I also recommend the list of 16 less well known writers from Argentina. Piglia … Continue reading Guide to Argentine Literature at the Feria de Guadalajara from El Pais

Guadalupe Nettel Has Won the Ribera del Duero Prize for Short Stories

Guadalupe Nettel has won the Ribera del Duero prize for short stories. The judging panel was Enrique Vila-Matas, Cristina Grande, Ignacio Martínez de Pisón, Samanta Schweblin, and Marcos Giralt Torrente. I’m not familiar with her work but if a panel of authors I respect have selected her, I think her work might be worth looking … Continue reading Guadalupe Nettel Has Won the Ribera del Duero Prize for Short Stories

Andrés Neuman Meets His Readers: Virtual Interview at El Pais

The virtual interviews that El Pais runs where the public can ask questions of an author can be hit and miss. Andrés Neuman on the occasion his newest book participated in one. There are some good questions, especially his take on overlooked or up and coming authors. Buenas, Andrés. Ya que se cumple medio siglo … Continue reading Andrés Neuman Meets His Readers: Virtual Interview at El Pais

Merino, Fernández Cubas, Shua, Peri Ross, Hidalgo Bayali and Marsé on the Best Short Story Writers

El Pais has an article where short story authors Merino, Fernández Cubas, Shua, Peri Ross, Hidalgo Bayali and Marsé discuss the best short story writers of today, including those in Spanish. Perhaps it could be a more insightful article, but it does have a few points of interest. “Poe, Maupassant, Kafka, Borges, Cortázar… ¿Cómo elegir? … Continue reading Merino, Fernández Cubas, Shua, Peri Ross, Hidalgo Bayali and Marsé on the Best Short Story Writers

The Best Short Story Collections in Spanish Over the Last 5 Years

The ever excellent blog El sindrome Chejov recently polled a series of Spanish language short story authors about what they thought were the best collections of short stories to be published over the last five years. It is a broad ranging list that includes authors English speakers would probably be familiar with, such as Alice … Continue reading The Best Short Story Collections in Spanish Over the Last 5 Years

Open Letter Books Spring Summer Catalog Featuring Short Stories from Latin America, and Sergio Chejfec, Kristín Ómarsdóttir, Benjamin Stein

Open Letter has released its Spring Summer 2012 Catalog and there are some interesting books in it. But most exciting of them all are works from young Latin American writers. The only one I have read a fair amount of is Samanta Schweblin, who I like quite a bit. You can read the whole catalog … Continue reading Open Letter Books Spring Summer Catalog Featuring Short Stories from Latin America, and Sergio Chejfec, Kristín Ómarsdóttir, Benjamin Stein