Samanta Schweblin

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Samanta Schweblin

Samanta Schweblin (born March 8, 1978 in Buenos Aires ) is an Argentine writer .


Samanta Schweblin grew up in the Argentine capital and studied film studies at the Universidad de Buenos Aires . She learned to write scripts and sitcoms . After completing her studies, she first founded a web design agency in order to be financially independent while she started her career as a writer. Her first book with short stories , El núcleo del Disturbio , earned her the Fondo Nacional de las Artes literary prize in December 2001 , the most important in the country. She also won the Concurso Nacional Haroldo Conti for her debut publication.

Her second book, the short story volume Pájaros en la boca (Eng .: The Truth About the Future ), was even more successful, insofar as translations were published in twelve countries. She won the Premio Casa de las Américas as well as two international residency grants, one from the Mexican state in Oaxaca and one from the Civitalla Ranieri Foundation in Umbria and Tuscany. In 2013 she was invited by the Shanghai Writers 'Association to spend two months as part of the Shanghai Writers' Program. In 2010 she was on the Best of Young Spanish Language Novelists list of the major British literary magazine Granta . Schweblin was a participant in the Berlin International Literature Festival in 2012 . From June 2012 to June 2013 she was again in Berlin as a DAAD scholarship holder, together with her husband Maximiliano, a photographer and restaurateur.

Her first novel Distancia de rescate (Penguin Random House 2014) was published in September 2014 .

In 2015 she won the IV Premio Internacional de Narrativa Breve for the book Siete casas vacías . The prize, endowed with 50,000 euros, is considered the most important prize for Spanish-language stories. In 2017 the English translation of Distancia de rescate ( Fever Dream ) was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize .

Schweblin has been giving creative writing workshops since 2006, including in Oaxaca, Havana , Stockholm , Beijing and Berlin .

Schweblin lives and works in Berlin.


A special feature of her writing style is laconic - concise diction . Schweblin's intentionally reduced and precise choice of words leaves a lot of space for the reader's imagination. She achieves a three-dimensional effect without formulating the disturbing components of her settings. As known from Franz Kafka , she takes an almost fragmentary approach. She often goes into history in medias res and leaves the end open. The literary critics often put their stories in a "tradition line of Latin American narrative between neo- fantasy and magical realism " and compared them with authors such as Julio Cortázar , Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares .

"Rhythm and tension are what I love most when I write."

"When I write, I like rhythm and tension most."


  • El núcleo del Disturbio , short stories, Planeta, 2002
  • Pájaros en la boca , short stories, Planeta 2008, Emece 2009, ISBN 978-950-04-3172-9
    • The truth about the future , stories, from the Spanish by Angelica Ammar, Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin 2010. 133 pp. ISBN 978-3-518-42142-0
  • Distancia de rescate , Roman, Random House Mondadori 2014. ISBN 978-987-36-5044-4
    • Das Gift , Roman, from the Spanish by Marianne Gareis, Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin 2015. 126 pp. ISBN 978-3-518-42503-9
  • Siete casas vacías , Páginas de Espuma 2015. ISBN 978-84-8393-185-1
    • Seven empty houses , stories, translated from Spanish by Marianne Gareis, Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin 2018. 150 pp. ISBN 978-3-518-42804-7
  • Little Eyes , novel, trans. Megan McDowell, Riverhead Books. 2020


  • 2001: Fondo Nacional de las Artes Premio for the short story book El núcleo del Disturbio
  • 2002: First prize of the Concurso Nacional Haroldo Conti for her short story Hacia la alegre civilización de la capital
  • 2008: Premio Casa de las Américas for the short story book Pájaros en la boca
  • 2012: Premio Juan Rulfo for the story Un hombre sin suerte
  • 2014: Premio Konex
  • 2015: Premio de Narrativa Breve Ribera del Duero for Siete casas vacías .
  • 2018: Shirley Jackson Award for the English translation of her short story Fever Dream

Web links

supporting documents

  1. ^ Biographical information on Samanta Schweblin , Berlin artist program 2010
  2. ^ Granta profile Samanta Schweblin
  3. Samanta Schweblin - Fellows - Civitella Ranieri
  4. Xu Wenwen: "Foreign writers feel pull of their hometowns". In: Shanghai Daily. September 26, 2013, accessed November 19, 2014.
  5. a b c d Biographical profile of the author at ilb 2012
  6. ^ Local "Gloria" Culinary Cinema , Der Tagesspiegel of September 2, 2013, accessed August 12, 2015.
  7. La argentina Samanta Schweblin gana el Premio Ribera del Duero de relatos , of April 9, 2015, accessed August 4, 2015 (Spanish)
  8. Interview with Samata Schweblin in The Short Form 2010
  9. In der Schwebe , review of Samanta Schweblin: "The truth about the future" in Deutschlandradio Kultur from June 4, 2010, accessed August 4, 2015
  10. Samanta Schweblin: "The Poison": The stimulus of disturbance , review in Deutschlandradio Kultur on August 3, 2015
  12. Riverhead Books (May 5, 2020)
  13. ^ Presentation of the writer Samanta Schweblin at the University of Cologne , Embajada de la República Argentina January 16, 2013, accessed August 12, 2015
  14. Samanta Schweblin Premio Konex 2014: Cuento: Quinquenio 2009 - 2013