The Future Is Not Ours collects 23 short stories from writers throughout Latin America, all of whom were born in the decade between 1970 and 1980. Begun initially as a free electronic anthology in 2007 (featuring some 63 authors), a shorter, alternate version with different stories found its way into print two years later and was subsequently published on three continents. This English edition offers 19 of the 20 short stories that appeared in the original print edition plus an additional three selected specifically for this collection, and a replacement for one already featured elsewhere in English.
Of the 23 authors presented (representing 15 countries in all), six of them also had stories selected for Granta's Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists issue (#113) and nine were named to the prestigious Bogotá 39 list at the 2007 Hay Festival. Diego Trelles Paz, Peruvian novelist and short story writer, served as the anthology's editor and authored an illuminating prologue about previous Latin American anthologies and the current direction of Latin American literary themes and forms.
While many of the 23 stories in The Future Is Not Ours are too short to offer but a tantalizing glimpse, it is evident there is quite a bit of talent to be found throughout the younger generation of Latin America letters. Some of the included authors already have works available in English translation, and, undoubtedly, more are sure to follow. If there is a measure to be found within this anthology (as well as in the aforementioned Granta), it is surely that a wealth of exciting, new fiction awaits English readers from one of the globe's most intriguing and consistently imaginative literary cultures. Recommended By Jeremy G., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
This collection of 23 Latin American writers born between 1970 and 1980 offers an exciting overview of contemporary Spanish-language literature and introduces a generation of writers who witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of the Cold War, the birth of the Internet, and the September 11th attacks in NYC. The future of Spanish-language writing is here.
Collection of 23 Latin American writers all born between 1970 and 1980. The future of Spanish-language literature.
About the Author
Diego Trelles Paz was born in Lima, Peru in 1977. He is the author of a short story collection and a novel.
Janet Hendrickson's translations have been published in a number of magazines, including Words Without Borders, n+1 and Virginia Quarterly Review.
Here is a complete list of contributors in this anthology:
Oliverio Coelho (Argentina)
Federico Falco (Argentina)
Samanta Schweblin (Argentina)
Giovanna Rivero (Bolivia)
Santiago Nazarian (Brazil)
Antonio Ungar (Colombia)
Juan Gabriel Vasquez (Colombia)
Ena Lucia Portela (Cuba)
Andrea Jeftanovic (Chile)
Lina Meruane (Chile)
Alejandro Zambra (Chile)
Ronald Flores (Guatemala)
Tryno Maldonado (Mexico)
Antonio Ortuño (Mexico)
Maria del Carmen Perez Cuadra (Nicaragua)
Carlos Wynter Melo (Panama)
Daniel Alarcon (Peru)
Santiago Roncagliolo (Peru)
Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro (Puerto Rico)
Ariadna Vasquez (Dominican Republic)
Ignacio Alcuri (Uruguay)
Ines Bortagaray (Uruguay)
Slavka Zupcic (Venezuela)