Hernán Ronsino

Argentina

© Vito Rivelli

 

 

Hernán Ronsino was born in Chivilcoy in 1975. Since 1994 he has lived in Buenos Aires. He is a sociologist and professor at the University of Buenos Aires. He co-publishes the culture magazine Carapachay. In 2011, the Guadalajara International Book Fair selected him as one of the new leading authors in Latin America. His work has been translated into French, German, Italian and Portuguese.

His novel Lumbre (“Firelight”) is included in the HOTLIST 2016 of the independent German-language publishers.

 

 

Lumbre (“Firelight”) takes places during three days in March in 2002. It tells the story of Federico Souza who returns to his hometown because a close friend, Pajarito Lernú, has died. A stolen cow is the inheritance that Souza receives from him. Lumbre is structured from a present that constantly triggers evocations. It explores the personal memories of the narrator as well as the historical memory of a town and its myths. The scenery is often reminiscent of a Coen Brothers movie setting. Ronsino describes the brutality of the countryside with a striking light and clear narrative voice. Lumbre is an exceptional novel that confirms Ronsino’s narrative as one of the finest and most outstanding in current Argentinean literature.

 

 

Lumbre, is a finely wrought narrative work in the best Latin American tradition.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

 

Anyone who has read Lumbre understands why Hernán Ronsino is counted among the most important Latin American writers.

Der Freitag

 

What is most striking in the novel by Hernán Ronsino, one of the most interesting writers of his generation, is the way in which memories and time spent become one with a scenery which is itself memory: To remember is to build a path that, by dint of insisting, remains imprinted on the land.

Il Manifesto

 

 

In a derelict town in Argentina's pampas, a decades-old betrayal simmers among a group of friends. One returns from serving time for a crime he didn't commit; another, a policeman with ties to the military regime, discovers his wife's infidelity; a third lies dying. And an American missionary has been killed. But what happened among these men? Spinning through a series of voices and timelines, Glaxo (“Last Train to Buenos Aires”) reveals a chilling story of four boys who grow up breaking-in horses and idolizing John Wayne, only to become adults embroiled in illicit romances, government death squads, and, ultimately, murder. Around them, the city falls apart. Both an austere drama and a suspense-filled whodunit, Glaxo crackles with tension and mystery.

Melville House

 

 

Glaxo by Hernán Ronsino is a novel pervaded with extreme tension.

Le Monde

 

 

In the village where Bicho Souza, Abelardo Kieffer, and Pajarito Lernú live, the air at times becomes unbreathable. The feeling that something has broken hangs over the countless stories that build the memory of the characters: a hunting accident, a crime, a tornado, a suicide: "Something is fraying, unpredictable, on dark tissues, in the bowels of the moment: and we do not see, and cannot, for being blind, stop it.

La descomposición (“The Decomposition”) is a morose novel that seems to speak of the impossibility of narrating, but also of a very clear moment of Argentina, social, family, personal decomposition, dominated by boredom and lack of future. A brilliant prose, in which the historical, literary and fiction intertwine, one of the strongest voices in contemporary Argentina narrative.

 

 

Rights

 

Novels:

 

Lumbre

Buenos Aires: Eterna Cadencia (world rights) 2013, 288 p.

Extract published at Bomb Magazine, UK (“The Cow”)

France: Gallimard 2017 Germany: Bilger Verlag 2016 Italy: Gran Via 2015 Turkey: Cinar Yayinlari

 

 

Glaxo

Buenos Aires: Eterna Cadencia (world rights) 2009, 96 p.

Film  rights under option

Brazil: Editora 34 2017 Chile: Cuneta Editora 2013 France: Liana Levi 2010 Germany: Bilger Verlag 2012 Greece: Opera Italy: Meridiano Zero 2013 Turkey: Cinar Yayinlari USA: Melville House 2017

 

La descomposición

Buenos Aires: Interzona 2007, Eterna Cadencia (world rights) 2014, 144 p.

Germany: Bilger Verlag 2018

 

 

Stories:

 

Te vomitaré de mi boca

Buenos Aires: Libris 2003, 96 p.

Received an honourable mention from the Fondo Nacional de las Artes in 2002

 

La Curva

Israel: Ilmor (online edition in English/Spanish/Hebrew)

 

 

Essays:

 

Notas de campo

Buenos Aires: Excursiones 2017, 100 p.

 

 

Children’s books:

 

Bicicleta

Montevideo: Topito Ediciones 2013, 50 p.