Chilean Poet


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6.31 X 9.29 X 1.25 inches | 1.24 pounds

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About the Author

Alejandro Zambra is the author of ten books, including Multiple Choice; Bonsai; The Private Lives of Trees; and My Documents, a finalist for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. The recipient of numerous literary prizes, as well as a New York Public Library Cullman Center fellowship, his stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Harper's Magazine, among other publications. He lives in Mexico City. Megan McDowell (translator) is the recipient of a 2020 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has been short- or long-listed four times for the International Booker Prize. She lives in Santiago, Chile.


"The thing that has always made Zambra's writing irresistible (to me, anyway) is his attention to the seemingly inconsequential matters that render our lives so flush with consequence. Chilean Poet will almost certainly amble along Zambra's wonderfully original, laconic literary path."
--Il'ja Rákos, The Millions

"Zambra has earned a reputation as an autofiction alchemist, an artist who does not simply notate the numbing details of daily life but spins the quotidian into art. In his latest novel, Chilean Poet, he writes in a different, grander register . . . we encounter scenarios that are recognizable because we have experienced them before, yet he depicts them with such care and irreverence that they are rendered unfamiliar."

"Every beat and pattern of being alive becomes revelatory and bright when narrated by Alejandro Zambra. He is a modern wonder."
--Rivka Galchen, author of Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch

"His clever irony, his lighthearted yet powerful prose, his gift for capturing this life that passes through and yet still escapes us--everything Zambra has already put into practice in his novellas and short stories explodes with vitality in Chilean Poet. Contemporary, beautiful, brilliant."
--Samanta Schweblin, author of Fever Dream

"A playful, discursive novel about families, relationships, poetry, and how easily all three can come together or fall apart . . . [Chilean Poet] renders both the small moments of literary striving and the everyday difficulties of being part of, and raising, a family with an insight that's both cleareyed and tender."
--Kirkus Reviews

"There's no questioning Zambra's deep affection for writers grasping at love."
--Publishers Weekly

"Intelligent and funny and moving and profound. . . It's been a long time since I've laughed so hard or been so moved by a novel."
--Rodrigo Fresán, Letras Libres

"Engaging . . . written with a simplicity and freedom . . . The final part is wonderful, almost miraculous, masterly."
--Ignacio Echevarría, El Mundo

"Chilean Poet reminds us, in sum, of 'life's complexity'...It has moved me and made me laugh a lot. This is a great Zambra."
--Nadal Suau, El Mundo

"[An] intelligent and moving novel . . . jaunty and ironic but never lacking in tenderness."
--Jorge Carrión, New York Times en Español, "Best Spanish-Language Books of 2020"


"The most talked-about writer to come out of Chile since Bolaño."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Zambra's books have long shown him to be a writer who, at the sentence level, is in a world all his own."

"Strikingly original."
--James Wood, The New Yorker

"One of the most interesting writers working right now."

"When I read Zambra I feel like someone's shooting fireworks inside my head."
--Valeria Luiselli, author of Lost Children Archive

"Zambra is so alert to the intimate beauty and mystery of being alive that in his hands a raindrop would feel as wide as a world."
--Anthony Marra, author of The Tsar of Love and Techno