The Hay 30 – Samanta SCHEWBLIN

Born in 1978 in Buenos Aires, she studied Film, specializing in screenplay writing. Her short story collections El núcleo del disturbio, Pájaros en la boca and Siete casas vacías have won the Casa de las Américas, Juan Rulfo and Ribera del Duero Short Fiction prizes. Fever Dream, her first novel, won the Tigre Juan and Estado Crítico prizes and has been nominated for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. Samanta Schweblin’s writings have been translated into more than twenty languages and she has been a fellow of several institutions. She has lived in Mexico, Italy and China and has been living in Berlin for the last four years, where she writes and gives literary workshops.

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Hay Festival 2014

Fflur Dafydd and Samanta Schweblin


Hay Festival 2014, 

In a prelude celebration to next year’s 150th anniversary of the Welsh colony in Patagonia, two of the most brilliant writers from the two countries exchange stories across languages and cultures. They talk with Daniel Hahn.

Cartagena 2018

Gonzalo Eltesch, Carlos Fonseca, Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón and Samanta Schweblin in conversation with José Hamad

Bogotá39-2017. Displaced writing

Cartagena 2018, 

What is the relationship between writers’ relocations and their work? Four of Latin America’s finest writers, residents outside their countries of origin, talk to the publisher José Hamad about how this experience affects their literature. Gonzalo Eltesch (Chile), Carlos Fonseca (Costa Rica), Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón (Puerto Rico) and Samanta Schweblin (Argentina).

Hay Festival 2017

Hari Kunzru and Samanta Schweblin talk to Claire Armitstead

Fictions: Bad Timing

Hay Festival 2017, 

New novels by two of the world’s most gifted and exacting prose writers bring the past terrifyingly into the present. In Kunzru’s White Tears, two ambitious musicians are drawn into a dark underworld in contemporary New York. Schweblin’s Fever Dream explores the history of a young woman and the boy who sits at her death-bed. Fever Dream has been long-listed for the 2017 International Man Booker Prize.

Cartagena 2018

Three writers who have all recently published an outstanding work will talk to Camilo Hoyos, literary critic and columnist with Arcadia magazine: Juan Cárdenas (Colombia), author of El diablo de las provincias; Renato Cisneros (Peru), author of Dejarás la tierra, a prequel to his celebrated book La distancia que nos separa; and Samanta Schweblin (Argentina), author of Distancia de rescate (shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize). Three novels which take their place in Latin American fiction and which are presented here by their authors.