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About the Author
Carlos Fonseca was born in San José, Costa Rica, and spent half of his childhood and adolescence in Puerto Rico. In 2016, he was named one of the twenty best Latin American writers born in the 1980s at the Guadalajara Book Fair, and in 2017 he was included in the Bogotá39 list of the best Latin American writers under forty. He is the author of the novel Colonel Lágrimas, and in 2018, he won the National Prize for Literature in Costa Rica for his book of essays, La lucidez del miope. He teaches at Trinity College, Cambridge, and lives in London.Megan McDowell is an award-winning Spanish-language literary translator from Kentucky. Her work includes books by Alejandro Zambra, Samanta Schweblin, Mariana Enriquez, and Lina Meruane. Her translations have been published in The New Yorker, Tin House, The Paris Review, Harper's, McSweeney's, and Vice, among others. Her translations have won the Valle-Inclán prize and the English PEN prize, and been short- and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. She lives in Santiago, Chile.
"Everything is contingent in Fonseca's story, and nothing is quite to be trusted . . . [Natural History] is an elegant meditation on art, inconstancy, and hiding . . . A treat for fans of Cortázar, Bolaño, and other adepts of the literary enigma." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"Fonseca's inventive, complex tale reads like a literary onion, constantly revealing new narratives and layers of meaning . . .The various characters' perspectives blur the line between memory and fantasy, and their charm will keep readers along for the very intricate ride. Fonseca's innovative puzzle box of a novel packs a powerful punch." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Fiercely intelligent and wildly imaginative--a fever dream of a novel, rich and strange." --Carys Davies, author of West Like a certain map that appears in its pages, a map in which two versions of a city are superimposed on one another, Natural History reveals a strange reality that lives in the shadows of our own. Carlos Fonseca has written a wonderful, wildly ambitious book that builds a labyrinth from art, politics, religion, love, and obsession. --Chris Power, author of Mothers Natural History is a deeply thoughtful, bold, and kaleidoscopic novel, one that, with great audacity and even greater beauty, invites reflection about the weight of legacies and about the masks that make up what we call identity. --Alia Trabucco Zerán, author of The Remainder Carlos Fonseca is one of the most gifted and imaginative young novelists in Latin America today. --Chloe Aridjis, author of Sea Monsters With Natural History, Carlos Fonseca, a writer of archives, masks, and ruins--that is, a writer with the capacity to create new ways of thinking, an ingenious and obstinate explorer of the abyss--has cemented himself as one of my favorites. --Enrique Vila-Matas, author of the International Booker Prize-longlisted Mac and His Problem