Notable works Bonsai (2006)
Name Alejandro Zambra
|Alma mater University of Chile, Pontifical Catholic University|
Education University of Chile, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
Notable awards Altazor Award, Prince Claus Awards
Books Ways of Going Home: A, Bonsai, The Private Lives of Trees, My Documents
Alejandro zambra 2015 national book festival
Alejandro Andrés Zambra Infantas (Santiago, Chile, 1975) is a Chilean poet, short story writer and novelist.
- Alejandro zambra 2015 national book festival
- 2013 prince claus award to alejandro zambra
- Early life
2013 prince claus award to alejandro zambra
Alejandro Zambra was born in 1975 in Villa Portales, a district of Santiago, Chile, to Horacio Zambra and Rosa Infantas. At age five, his family moved to the village of Las Terrazas in Maipú.
Zambra studied at the Instituto Nacional General José Miguel Carrera and the University of Chile, from which he graduated in 1997 with a degree in Hispanic literature. He won a scholarship to pursue postgraduate studies in Madrid, where he obtained an MA in Hispanic studies. Back in Chile, he received a PhD in literature from the Pontifical Catholic University.
Zambra teaches at the School of Literature at Diego Portales University in Santiago.
Zambra's first novel, Bonsái, was awarded the Chilean Critics Award for best novel of the year in 2006 and attracted much attention in Chile. As the highly influential Santiago newspaper El Mercurio summed up, "The publication of Bonsai ... marked a kind of bloodletting in Chilean literature. It was said (or argued) that it represented the end of an era, or the beginning of another, in the nation's letters." In 2011 the book was turned into a film of the same name.
Short stories and articles by Zambra have been featured in magazines such as The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Harper's, Tin House, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Vice, Zoetrope, The Virginia Quarterly Review and Rattapallax.