Selva Almada wins the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s 2019 First Book Award, Edinburgh, 15 November 2019Add to Lightbox Download
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Argentinian writer Selva Almada has won the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s 2019 First Book Award. Her debut novel The Wind That Lays Waste was chosen by readers and visitorsto the 2019 event, having been translated into English for the first time this year by Chris Andrews.
When it was first published in 2012 the novel was highlighted as one of the best novels of the year by Argentinian journalists. It has since been translated into French, Portuguese, German and Dutch, and been the basis for an opera created by Beatriz Catani and Luis Menacho.
Almada went on to write Chicas Muertas (Dead Girls), a non-fiction chronicle of three teenage girls murdered in the 1980s, which established her as one of Argentina’s most prominent feminist thinkers as well as a powerful voice in contemporary Latin American fiction. Edinburgh-based Charco Press, who published The Wind That Lays Waste, are set to publish Chicas Muertas in English for the first time next year.
Selva Almada has also been a finalist of the Rodolfo Walsh Award and of the Tigre Juan Award in Spain.
Ger Harley | EEm 18 August 2019
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