Farrar, Straus and Giroux
March 16, 2021
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About the Author
Pola Oloixarac was born in Buenos Aires in 1977. Her debut novel, Savage Theories, was a breakout bestseller in Argentina and was nominated for the Best Translated Book Award, and in 2010, Granta recognized her as one of the best young Spanish-language novelists. She was awarded the 2021 Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer's Award. Oloixarac is a regular contributor to The New York Times, and her fiction has appeared in Granta, n+1, The White Review, and an issue of Freeman's on The Future of New Writing. Pre-viously a resident of San Francisco, California, she currently resides in Barcelona.
One of the Most Anticipated Books of 2021 in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Literary HubDense with clever analysis of the modes and mannerisms of literary society--readings that resemble postmodern performance art, dalliances that swing from Hay to Cartagena--Mona is the kind of novel you read with a sense that you're in on some very juicy gossip. --Chloe Schama, Vogue Smart, provocative . . . The rich inner life of its namesake character propels this vibrant examination of the writing world. --Publishers Weekly A rapturous tour de force by Pola Oloixarac--one of the few writers I cannot live without--Mona is that novel that, once finished, leaves its reader perfectly, beautifully undone. Part mystery, part send-up of a literary world, part journey into night, Mona reminds us that no matter how far you fly, the past is always near. If Mona were any smarter, any funnier, any truer, I'm not sure my tender heart could have taken it. --Junot Diaz, author of This is How You Lose Her Sly, bitter, and smart, Mona is at once a satirical comedy, a harrowing psychological portrait of a woman's dissociation, and a philosophical indictment of the hubris of now. Read it and be surprised. --Siri Hustvedt, author of Memories of the Future Pola Oloixarac's Mona is, simultaneously, a hilarious satire of literary pretensions, a sincere exploration of a damaged psyche, and a brilliantly unnerving new chapter in this writer's inimitable body of work. It reads as though Rachel Cusk's Outline Trilogy was thrown in a blender with Roberto Bolaño's 2666, and then lightly seasoned with the bitter flavor of Horacio Castellanos Moya. In other words: Oloixarac is one of my new favorite writers. --Andrew Martin, author of Cool for America International literary gatherings are ripe for sharp satire, but they're never as hilariously funny, weird, and adorable as the one portrayed in Mona. Brainy, cheerfully dirty, and caught in a fine mess, Mona herself, like this novel, is exhilarating company. --Francisco Goldman, author of Say Her Name In her signature prose style -- part philosophy professor, part stand-up comedian--Pola Oloixarac revels in disassembling the sanctimonious hypocrisies of those who proclaim to stand against sanctimonious hypocrisies: writers. --Mauro Javier Cardenas, author of Aphasia A provocative, defiant, clever, painful, empowering, hilarious novel of literary climax and sexual healing. Mona is like a sauna: you better not enter with your clothes on, or without a birch switch. --Valerie Miles, translator and co-founder of Granta en Español Praise for Pola Oloixarac
Pola Oloixarac is one of the great writers of the Internet, the only country larger than Argentina. --Joshua Cohen, author of Moving Kings Oloixarac's wit and ambition are evident on every page. By comparison, most other contemporary fiction seems a little dull and simple-minded. --Hari Kunzru, author of White Tears