Shared truths - Hay Festival & ICTJ

Ten authors contribute to an anthology of texts, Verdades compartidas ('Shared Truths'), about the Colombian peace process, delving into the testimonies, impact, and context of a unique historical moment, inspired by the Truth Commission's own report. This anthology presents an interpretation from the perspective of writers from different countries, aiming to unravel recent history through narratives, sharing with readers and prompting reflection. Simultaneously, it provides space for the diverse experiences of the protagonists, conveying different points of view, experiences, and solutions that collectively enable peace, memory, and societal learning to prevent conflicts like the Colombian one from happening again. Verdades compartidas  is a project of the Hay Festival and the International Center for Transitional Justice, published by Planeta.

Colombia: Juan Gabriel Vásquez (introduction)

Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Bogotá, 1973) is the author of the two books of short stories Los amantes de Todos los Santos and Canciones para el incendio (Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana Prize), and six novels: The InformersThe Secret History of CostaguanaEl ruido de las cosas al caer (The Sound of Things Falling) (Alfaguara 2011, Grego von Rezzori-Città di Firenze Prize 2013, IMPAC International Dublin Literary Award 2014), Reputations (Royal Spanish Academy Prize 2014, Casa de Amèrica Latina de Lisboa Priza 2016), The Shape of Ruins (Casino de Póvoa Prize and finalist for the Man Booker International Prize) and Retrospective (Mario Vargas Llosa Biennal Prize). He has also published two books of literary essays, El arte de la distorsión and Viajes con un mapa blanco, a collection of political articles, Los desacuerdos de paz, and a collection of poems, Cuaderno de septiembre. In 2012 he received the Prix Roger Caillois and has twice won the Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize. He has translated works by Joseph Conrad and Victor Hugo into Spanish. His books are currently published in 30 languages.

Uruguay: Fernanda Trías

Fernanda Trías (Uruguay, 1976) is a writer, translator and lecturer in literary creation. She has published the novels Cuaderno para un solo ojoLa azoteaLa ciudad invencible and Mugre rosa, and the short story collection No soñarás flores. She studied her Master’s in Creative Writing at the University of New York. Her books have been published in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Spain, France, Mexico and Uruguay, and will soon also be available in Argentina, Greece, the UK and the USA. Her work has been included in anthologies of new Latin American fiction and stories of hers have been translated into German, English, Hebrew, Italian, French and Portuguese. She received a UNESCO-Aschberg fellowship (France, 2004), the BankBoston Foundation Prize for National Culture (Uruguay, 2016) and the SEGIB-Eñe-Casa de Velázquez Prize for Mugre rosa (Spain, 2017). She currently lives in Bogota and is a lecturer and writer-in-residence at the University of the Andes.

El Salvador: Claudia Hernández

Graduated in Communications at the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas, where she also studied Law. She has published Otras ciudades, Mediodía de frontera, Olvida Uno. She was awarded the Juan Rulfo de Radio Francia International Prize, in the story category, becoming the first writer from Central America to win it. In 2004 she won the prestigious Anne Seghers Prize, in Germany, for a published work. She has been anthologised in Spain, Italy, France, the US and Germany.

Cuba: Carlos Manuel Álvarez

A Journalism graduate from the University of Havana. In 2013 he won the Calendario Prize for the short story collection La tarde de los sucesos definitivos (Abril, 2014; Criatura, 2015). In 2015 he won the Nuevas Plumas Ibero-American Fiction Prize. In 2016 he founded El Estornudo, an independent Cuban magazine of literary journalism. That same year, the Ochenteros programme, run by the Guadalajara International Book Fair, recognized him as one of twenty Latin American authors born in the 1980s to look out for. He has published regularly with media and publications such as The New York Times, the BBC, GatopardoEl Malpensante and Internazionale. In 2017, Sexto Piso published La tribu, a collection of essays on post-revolutionary Cuba. The Fallen (Fitcarraldo Editions, 2019) is his first novel.

Brazil: Ana Paula Maia

(Nova Iguaçu, 1977) is a writer, screenwriter and Brazilian music. During her teens she played in a punk rock band and studied piano. As a screenwriter, he participated in the script for the short film O entregador de pizza (2001), and together with Mauro Santa Cecilia and Ricardo Petraglia, he co-wrote the theatrical monologue O rei dos escombros staged in 2003 by the Moacyr Chaves company. She published her first novel under the title O habitante das falhas subterrâneas in 2003. She is the author of the trilogy A saga dos brutos, started with the short novels Entre rinhas de cachorros e porcos abatidos and O trabalho sujo dos outros —published in a single volume— and which ended with the novel Carvão animal. Influenced by Dostoevsky, by the cinematographic work of Quentin Tarantino and Sergio Leone, and by pulp series and literature, among others, her works are marked by violence and the treatment of her characters, which often include eschatological elements.

Ecuador: Natalia García Freire

born in Cuenca, Ecuador, in 1991. In 2016, she completed the Master's in Narrative at the School of Writers in Madrid and the Diploma in Teaching Creative Writing at the University of Alcalá. Currently, she works as a professor of Creative Writing, Short Story, and Novel at the School of Writers in Madrid. Her first novel, "Nuestra piel muerta," has been translated into English, Turkish, French, Italian, and Danish. "Trajiste contigo el viento" is her second novel. She has a garden, a cat, and is dedicated to writing.

Argentina: Leila Guerriero

(Junín, Buenos Aires, 1967) Journalist. Her work has appeared in various publications in Latin America and Spain: La Nación and Rolling Stone in Argentina, Spain’s El PaísEl Malpensante and SoHo in Colombia, Gatopardo in Mexico and Chile’s Paula and El Mercurio, among others. She is a Latin America editor for the Mexican magazine Gatopardo. In 2010, her text “El rastro en los huesos”, published in El País Semanal and Gatopardo, received the CEMEX FNPI Prize. She has published the books Los suicidas del fin del mundoFrutos extrañosPlano americano; with Anagrama, Zona de obras; and in English, A Simple Story. Some of her books have been translated into German, French, English, Italian and Polish. In 2014 she received an award in the Essay category from the Kon Foundation. She is the editor of Los malditos (2011) and Los malos (2015), published by Ediciones UDP. In 2019 she won the de XIV Manuel Vázquez Montalbán Award for journalism.

Domincan Republic: Junot Díaz

Graduate of Rutgers University and holds a Masters in Arts from Cornell University. His stories have appeared in Story, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Best American Short Stories 1996 and African Verse. He won the Pushcart Prize XXII (1997), the Eugene McDermott Award (1998) and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has worked as Associate Professor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has written Ysrael, Drown (a collection of ten short stories in English) and is writing his first novel, The Cheater’s Guide To Love. The New Yorker named him as one of the forty best writers under forty. He lives in New York.

Chile: Nona Fernández

Born in 1971 in Santiago de Chile. She is an actress and writer. As a writer, she has published several books, including the novels "Mapocho" (2002), winner of the Municipal Literature Prize, "Space Invaders" (2013), finalist for the National Book Award, "Chilean Electric" (2015), winner of the Best Published Works Award from the National Book Council, "La Dimensión Desconocida" (2016), distinguished with the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Award from the Guadalajara Book Fair, and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her recent works include "Voyager" and "Preguntas Frecuentes." Her books have been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Swedish, Greek, Turkish, Norwegian, Dutch, and Portuguese. She is the author of plays such as "El Taller," "Liceo de niñas," "Paren la Música," the theatrical version of "Space Invaders," and the recently premiered "Der eingebildete Tote."

Mexico: Antonio Ortuño

(Jalisco, 1976) Author of El buscador de cabezas (2006), named by the newspaper Reforma as the best Mexican debut novel of the year, and Recursos humanos (Anagrama, 2007), for which he was shortlisted for the Herralde Novel Prize. Other published works include the short story books El jardín japonés (Páginas de Espuma, 2007) and La señora Rojo (Páginas de Espuma, 2010); and the novels Ánima (Penguin Random House, 2011), La fila india (Océano, 2013) -recognized as book of the year by a dozen media in Mexico and South America-, Méjico (Océano, 2015) and El Rastro (2016). His work has been translated into several languages and is a regular contributor to publications such as Letras Libres and La Tempestad. He was the only Mexican included by the British magazine Granta in its list of best young Spanish writers of 2010. GQ magazine awarded him "Writer of the Year" in 2011. With La vaga ambición he won the V Ribera del Duero Award. In 2019 he published his latest novel Olinka, which deals with the crisis of a business clan in Guadalajara, the capital and paradise of money laundering.