London based ‘Granta,’ considered one of the most prestigious literary magazines has a long history of writing about and often discovering and thrusting into the limelight some of the world’s biggest names in literature. For the first time and in its winter issue this year, the editors turned away from Britain and America and focused on Spain and Latin America, dedicating the Christmas issue to the best new writers emerging from the Latin and Hispanic world.
“It’s the degree of talent that’s working in the Spanish language today,” John Freeman, a Granta editor explains. “We’ve done three best young British novelist issues — the first one found Salman Rushdie and Kazuo Ishiguro and Julian Barnes.
Most writers featured in the winter edition hail from Argentina, a country that editor Valerie Miles says is flooded with literary talent. “A lot of it has to do with the fact that Argentina is a country with a very long and strong literary tradition,” she said. “But it also has to do with the fact that it has wonderful bookstores. Some of the really great and really important publishing companies that ran away from Franco’s Spain ended up in Argentina, and it’s very exciting to see what’s going on there.”
So is the next Jonathan Franzen or Martin Amis hiding out in Latin America, waiting to be discovered? The folks at Granta believe so.
“As a matter of fact, Pablo Gutierrez, one of the lesser-known writers, just won the National Critics Award. So I do think we are going to see really exciting things from these authors in the future,” said Valerie Mills editor of Granta in Europe.
The magazine will be available in US book stores on December 6. Below, is a list of the featured young writers, their nationality and the year they were born:
Andrés Barba – Spain, 1975
Oliverio Coelho – Argentina, 1977
Andrés Ressia Colino – Uruguay, 1977
Federico Falco – Argentina, 1977
Pablo Gutiérrez – Spain, 1978
Rodrigo Hasbún – Bolivia, 1981
Sònia Hernández – Spain, 1976
Carlos Labbé – Chile, 1977
Javier Montes – Spain, 1976
Elvira Navarro – Spain, 1978
Matías Néspolo – Argentina, 1975
Andrés Neuman – Argentina, 1977
Alberto Olmos – Spain, 1975
Pola Oloixarac – Argentina, 1977
Antonio Ortuño – Mexico, 1976
Patricio Pron – Argentina, 1975
Lucía Puenzo – Argentina, 1976
Santiago Roncagliolo – Peru, 1975
Andrés Felipe Solano – Colombia, 1977
Samanta Schweblin – Argentina, 1978
Carlos Yushimito – Peru, 1977
Alejandro Zambra – Chile, 1975