Rodrigo FRESAN

  • Americas
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • South America
  • Argentina

Rodrigo FRESAN is felt to be perhaps the most important young writer in Argentina today. He is editor of the prestigious magazine Pagina 30. The widespread impact of his work is felt through his novels which have been described as "compelling, often moving, meditations" on the influence of North American culture on Argentine society. His novel, Historia Argentina, is a humorous analysis of Argentina's cultural development in the past decade; his new novel Esperanto is scheduled for publication by Gallimard in France, and his short fiction has been anthologized in Chile, Spain, Venezuela, and England. He looks forward to completing his next two novels, tentatively titled Ciencias Exactas and Mambru, while he is at the University of Iowa. The USIA is providing his fellowship.

Happening Now

  • To mark PEN International’s centennial, Words Without Borders has published a sampler of works by writers committed to freedom of expression. Algerian novelist and scholar Med MAGANI is among them.

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

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