Alan Pauls

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Alan Pauls (born April 29, 1959 in Colegiales , Buenos Aires ) is an Argentine journalist and writer.


Alan Pauls studied a. a. Literature studies at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) and was able to successfully complete this degree. He then began to write for the daily newspapers “ La Nación ” and “ Página / 12 ” and also became editor there for some time.

Pauls later accepted a position at the UBA and has been teaching literary history there ever since . In 1984 he made his successful debut with his novel “El pudor del pornográfo” and a literary oeuvre has been created that has been highly praised by literary critics and audiences alike. In September 2010 Pauls was a guest at the Berlin International Literature Festival .

Pauls lives in Buenos Aires with his wife and daughter.


  • 2003: Premio Herralde de Novela for the novel "El pasado"


The Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño named Pauls on the occasion of the publication of "El pasado" ... one of the greatest living authors in South America .

Film adaptations

  • The director Héctor Babenco brought Pauls' novel "El pasado" into cinemas under the same title in 2007.



Trilogy Argentina in the 1970s
  • History of tears ( Historia del llanto. ) Roman. Translated from the Spanish by Christian Hansen . Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart 2010, ISBN 978-3-608-93710-7 .
  • Historia del pelo Roman. Anagrama, Barcelona 2010, ISBN 978-84-339-7209-5
    • History of the hair novel. Translated from the Spanish by Christian Hansen. Klett-Cotta Verlag, Stuttgart 2012, ISBN 978-3-608-93958-3 . 223 pp.
  • Historia del dinero , Roman. Anagrama, Barcelona 2013.
further fiction


  • with Fito Paéz , Cristian Pauls : El censor.
  • with Fito Paéz, Cristian Pauls: Los enemigos. 1983.
  • with Fito Paéz, Cristian Pauls: Sinfín. 1986.
  • with Fito Paéz, Cristian Pauls: Vidas privadas.



  • Leopold Federmair : Pathos of Distance . In: Ders: Buenos Aires, Word and Flesh. Twelve essays . Klever-Verlag 2010. ISBN 978-3-902665-22-5 . Pp. 143-155. <about Alan Pauls>
  • Álvaro Matus : Un viaje por la literatura, el cine, la vida . In: El Mercurio of September 2, 2007 (interview with Alan Pauls).

Web links

Individual references, sources

  1. Year of birth on Retrieved April 9, 2010 .
  2. ^ Alan Pauls (Argentina) Guest of the ilb 2010
  3. ^ Author profile at the Goethe Institute
  4. This fine thing - Alan Pauls' literary hair show , review by Leopold Federmair in the NZZ on July 19, 2012, accessed on July 19, 2012
  5. Long speech, great sense: "The Past" , review by Edelgard Abenstein on Deutschlandfunk from November 17, 2009, accessed on July 19, 2012