Luis Mey was born in Buenos Aires in 1979. He studied Law at the University of Buenos Aires and has already written numerous articles for the prestigious Argentinean literary magazines Ñ and La Gaceta de Tucumán. His debut novel Los abandonados received great critical acclaim and was selected for the anthology 12 Argentinean authors, which was presented at the 2009 Frankfurt Book Fair. His novel En verdad quiero verte, pero llevará mucho tiempo has won the Premio Décimo Aniversario revista Ñ, which was created especially.
Matías knows what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet and to be in love with someone who seems unreachable. To seduce the beautiful Carolina, who is way out of his league, he invents a new past, new parents and a new self, but the plan backfires. To win the girl of his dreams and clear up the lies, Matías travels to Mar del Plata with his best friend Peine, who has no idea what Matías has planned. On this initial journey, profound feelings are suddenly put to the test: the love between mother and son, friendship and desire, but also the sense of shame and guilt. And the desire to be someone else, someone better, leading to a web of fantasies until the lines between the real and the imagined are blurred beyond recognition.
Written in modern and agile language, Luis Mey‘s award-winning new novel La pregunta de mi madre (“My Mother’s Question“) features highly likeable characters that are hard to forget.
An extremely well-written novel about what we are: that bit half-way between what has really happened and what we say has happened.
En verdad quiero verte, pero llevará mucho tiempo (“I Really Want to See You But it Will Take a Long Time“) is a highly emotive and agile novel about different realities, friendship, education and the discovery of real values worth fighting for. The final book in this unconventional trilogy about Maxi, which can be read separately and which has moved thousands of readers.
Las garras del niño inútil (“The Grappling Hook”)”) gives us a unique insight into the inferno growing up can become. Maxi’s life is ruled by the daily fear of upsetting his alcoholic father and the shame he feels for his parents. When he is forced to give up the one thing he loves, Maxi’s whole life changes completely. With his concise style, Luis Mey creates a strong sense of immediacy.
Luis Mey is a promising author.
You read tragic, fierce, deeply upsetting stories, and still you wish they would never end.
In Los abandonados (“The Forsaken”), Luis Mey depicts a unique character both hateful and likeable, who tries to cope with life in his own way. His uncompromising honesty, his unexpected sensivity and his intelligence render him human, his destructive streak evokes empathy. Written in direct language that draws its strength from its crass sobriety, Los abandonados immediately captivates the reader with its controversial protagonist.
Los abandonados submerges us with alarming effortlessness into an agile story with violently short sentences, which delight us with a frenetic narration and a surprising capacity for providing dozens of remarkable quotes.
Working in a bookshop, Luciano and Sofía share a frustration with their job, a passion for literature - and they are both unhappily in love. Over their daily struggles, Sofía and Luciano gradually become friends, making life more bearable. Tiene que ver con la furia (“Has To Do With Fury”) is a four-handed novel with a single pulse.
Tiene que ver con la furia achieves the unusual: it tells two individual stories that are melded together in one. Literature, this notable novel reminds us, is always revenge.
Los pájaros de la tristeza
Buenos Aires: Seix Barral 2017, 168 p.
El pasado del cielo
Buenos Aires: Seix Barral 2015, 288 p.
La pregunta de mi madre
Buenos Aires: Clarín Alfaguara 2014, 224 p.
Premio Décimo Aniversario revista Ñ
En verdad quiero verte pero llevará mucho tiempo
Buenos Aires: Factotum 2013, 242 p.
Tiene que ver con la furia
(with Andrea Stefanoni as co-author)
Buenos Aires: Emecé/Planeta 2012, 216 p.
Las garras del niño inútil
Buenos Aires: Factotum 2010, 222 p.
English and German sample translation available
Buenos Aires: Factotum 2008, 179 p.
Selected for the anthology 12 autores argentinos, which was presented at the 2009 Frankfurt Book Fair
Diario de un librero
Buenos Aires: Interzona 2015, 144 p.