Fish Soup: Margarita García Robayo with Lina Meruane (WILLIAMSBURG)

From internationally acclaimed author Margarita García Robayo comes Fish Soup, a unique collection comprising two novellas plus the book of short stories Worse Things (winner of the prestigious Casa de las Américas Prize).

Set on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, Waiting for a Hurricane follows a girl obsessed with escaping both her life and her country. Emotionally detached from her family, and disillusioned with what the future holds if she remains, she takes ever more drastic steps in order to achieve her goal, seemingly oblivious to the damage she is causing both to herself and to those around her. The tales of Worse Things provide snapshots of lives in turmoil, frayed relationships, dreams of escape, family taboos, and rejection both of and by society. Skilfully painting just enough detail, García Robayo explores these themes and invites the reader to unravel the true significance of the events depicted. The previously unpublished Sexual Education examines the attempts of a student to tally the strict doctrine of abstinence taught at her school with the very different moral norms that prevail in her social circles. Semi-autobiographical, the frank depiction of these opposing pressures makes it impossible to remain a dispassionate observer.

Throughout the collection, García Robayo’s signature style blends cynicism and beauty with an undercurrent of dark humour. The prose is at once blunt and poetic as she delves into the lives of her characters, who simultaneously evoke sympathy and revulsion, challenging the reader’s loyalties as they immerse themselves in the unparalleled universe that is Fish Soup.

Margarita García Robayo (Cartagena, Colombia, 1980) is the author of three novels, a book of autobiographical essays and several collections of short stories, including Cosas peores (Worse Things), which obtained the prestigious Casa de las Américas Prize in 2014. Her work has appeared in several anthologies such as Región: cuento político latinoamericano (Political Latin American Short Stories) and Childless Parents. In 2013 she was awarded a Literary Creation Grant from the Han Nefkens Foundation and the Pompeu Fabra University. Her books have been published in Latin America as well as in Spain, and have been translated into French, Portuguese, Italian, Hebrew, and Chinese. She lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Lina Meruane (Chile, 1970) is a Chilean writer and scholar teaching at New York University’s Global Liberal Studies Program. Since 1998 she has authored a short-story collection and five novels. Sangre en el ojo (translated as Seeing red in 2014) was awarded the prestigious Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize in Mexico in 2012. Lina Meruane has also received the Calamo Prize (Spain 2014) and the Anna Seghers Prize (Germany, 2011) for her work in fiction, and literary fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation (2004), the National Endowment for the Arts (2010) and the DAAD Artists in Residence Program (2017). Her non-fiction books include an academic book on the impact of AIDS in Latin American literature, Viral Voyages (Palgrave McMillan 2014) and a personal essay on her Palestinian origins, Volverse Palestina (Becoming Palestine, 2014). // Lina Meruane (Chile 1970). Su obra de ficción incluye los relatos reunidos en Las Infantas, y las novelas Póstuma, Cercada, Fruta Podrida, Sangre en el Ojo y Sistema Nervioso, de reciente aparición. Entre sus libros de no ficción se cuentan el ensayo Viajes Virales, la crónica Volverse Palestina y la diatriba Contra los hijos. Ha recibido los premios Cálamo (España, 2016), Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (México 2012), Anna Seghers (Berlín 2011) y becas de escritura de la Fundación Guggenheim (USA 2004), la NEA (USA 2010) y la DAAD (Berlín 2017), entre otros. Actualmente enseña cultura latinoamericana y escritura creativa en la Universidad de Nueva York.


Event date: 

Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

76 North 4th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249