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Tununa Mercado


  • Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize |

  • Boris Vian Award |

  • Premio Casa las Américas |

  • Guggenheim |

  • Pablo Neruda Award |

  • Premio Konex

Tununa Mercado is one of the most important woman writers in the recent wave of Argentine literature. She has published award-winning novels, and received the prestigious Sor Juana Inés de la

Cruz Prize for her life's work. Among her works are "Celebrar a la mujer como a una pascua" (1967), "Canon de alcoba" (1988), "En estado de memoria" (1990), "La letra de lo mínimo" (1994), and "La madriguera" (1996).

She has also received the Boris Vian Award (1989) and a Guggenheim fellowship. Her novels have been translated into French, German, Italian, Romanian, Portuguese, and English.

A translator herself, she has translated numerous works by French authors, and writes regularly for Argentine and Mexican newspapers.

“Mercado is a deft storyteller and phrasemaker [...] The book is full of sensuous, luxuriant, lapel-grabbing writing, exciting to read. [...] She has taken up the challenge of reconstructing the unimaginable and found a way to create a state and statement of memory. I was here, the voice says. This is what it was like. Come with me.”Women's Review of Books

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