An Interview with Guadalupe Nettel, one of Mexico's Most Exciting Writers Today
An interview with Guadalupe Nettel, one of Mexico's most vibrant new voices
Born in Mexico City in 1973, Guadalupe Nettel is a prolific young Mexican author and a regular contributor to both Spanish and French-language magazines, including Letras Libres, Hoja por hoja, L'atelier du roman, and L'inconvénient. In 2007 she was included in the Bogotá 39, a selection of the most important Latin American writers under the age of thirty-nine at the Bogotá Hay Festival. Based in Mexico City, she has lived in Paris, Montreal and most recently Barcelona, where she worked as a translator and held writing seminars and a workshop on Potential Literature (based on the French Oulipo). Among other works, she is the author of four short story collections, a memoir, and two novels. She has been awarded a number literary prizes in Mexico and in Europe and her books have been translated into many languages. Natural Histories, for which she won the 2013 Ribera del Duero Short Fiction Award, and her memoir The Body Where I was Born are her first books to be published in English. Her novel Después del invierno (After the Winter), which won Spain’s Herralde Novel Award in 2014, will be published in English in 2017.
Guadalupe Nettel’s stories have been described as “marvellous” by the distinguished Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vázquez, and the critic Juan Ignacio Boido has praised Nettel’s creation of “a universe where Roberto Bolaño’s visceral poets rub shoulders with the fragile but unbreakable women of Haruki Murakami.”