Débora Mundani

Argentina

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Débora Mundani was born in Buenos Aires in 1972. She has a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and a Master in Cultural Management and now teaches communication theory and practice at the University of Buenos Aires. Her debut novel El río and her latest novels El asiento vacío and La convención were all shortlisted for the Premio Clarín. In 2015, El río received a hounorable mention in the Premio Literario Casa de las Américas.

 

 

After his mother’s death, Horacio fulfills her last wish – she wants to be taken by boat to her home of Trinidad and buried there. The trip along the Paraná River in the North of Argentina is arduous – storms break over Horacio and the river floods its banks. Horacio has trouble navigating the boat with the heavy coffin on board. On the roof of a house he passes, he discovers an old man seeking refuge from the flood. Horacio spends the night in his company and listens to his story. Many years ago, he was saved near this place by a young woman named Elena. When he went to look for her she had moved away, but he saw her again in the delta with a little boy at her side. Believing she had married and started a family, he turned away again…

In El río ("The River"), strong and impressive pictures take the reader into a unique world where the river, influencing the lives of those living along its banks in so many ways, is the life-giving and life-threatening element. With this gripping story, an impressive young writer has found a new place in Argentina’s literary landscape.

 

 

Débora Mundani is among those young Argentinean writers with a great future ahead of them. Her prose is strong, her language exquisite, but above all, Mundani never forgets what constitutes the essence of a novel: creating characters and telling a story.

Claudia Piñeiro

 

A subtle narrative with poetic register, dealing with love, violence and pain of characters absorbed by the power of the landscape.

Télam

 

Mundani takes care of carving out her characters like few authors do.

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Batán is an impressive novel about sibling ties and the fragile web of interpersonal relations. When Fabián ends up in the drugs scene, his brother and sister Gabriel and Paula are a great support to him. Paula especially longs for stability in her life, yet even she cannot prevent the gradual self-destruction of the family. In strong language at times shocking in its clarity, the author tells a highly moving family story that is both tender and drastically realistic.

 

 

 

Novels:

 

El río

Buenos Aires: Ediciones Corregidor 2016, 121 p.

Shortlisted for the Premio Clarín 2009

Shortlisted for  the Premio Letra Sur 2010

Honourable mention in the Premio Literario Casa de las Américas 2015

1st title in Corredigor’s new collection Contemporary Latin American Literature

 

Batán

Buenos Aires: Bajo la luna 2012, 160 p.

2° Premio del Fondo Nacional de las Artes 2011

Shortlisted for the Premio Clarín 2010

 

 

Participation in anthologies:

Las dueñas de la pelota. Cuentos de fútbol escrito por mujeres (short story Poda)

(selection by Claudia Piñeiro)

Buenos Aires: El Ateneo 2014

 

Exposición de la actual narrativa rioplatense (Por cuarenta mil años)

Buenos Aires: Exposición de la actual 2014,

In co-edition with El 8vo. Loco Ediciones

http://exposiciondelaactual.blogspot.de/