Hernán Rivera Letelier

CHILE, 1950

ALFAGUARA NOVEL PRIZE 2010

He grew up and worked for many years in the saltpeter mines of Atacama, in northern Chile. His novel La reina cantaba rancheras (Queen Isabel Sang Rancheras) catapulted him to fame, turning into one of the most widespread literary works in recent Chilean fiction. Two years later, he won the National Book Award again. His most well-known novel La contadora de películas (The Movie-teller) has been translated into 19 languages and is being adapted to a major motion picture. In 2001, Rivera Letelier was named Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Literature by the French Ministry of Culture.

"For the first time and after many years, something new and original

in Latin American literature."    

LE MAGAZINE LITTÉRAIRE

 

"Hernán Rivera Letelier is one of the most original voices

of the new Latin American narrative."

EL MUNDO

 

"The simplicity of the worker, a life full of anecdotes and his talent

to tell them,gave rise to a successful writer who, next to Isabel Allende

and Antonio Skármeta, is considered

as the most recognized Chilean narrative today."

CLARÍN

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By Hernán Rivera Letelier

  • Death Laid Bare in Havana

    NOVEL, 2017

    The son of a wealthy businessman from Antofagasta disappears without a trace in Havana after being accused of murder. When the Cuban police fail to find him, at the suggestion of an enigmatic...

  • Death Smells of Patchouli

    NOVEL, 2016

    A mystery that lay buried for decades reunites the most unlikely pair of detectives in the north of Chile, Tira Gutiérrez and Sister Tegualda. A few days after the demolition of the...

  • Death is an Old Story

    NOVEL, 2015

    A rapist is attacking women in the Antofagasta cemetery. The victims say they were dragged into a tomb by a man with a terrifying voice who reeks of death. Tira Gutiérrez, the only private...

  • The Bird Seller

    NOVEL, 2014

    The bird seller is the only passenger on the train to get off in Desolación. “The place is so sad, barren and neglected that not even the vultures circle it.” The...

  • The Love History of a Dancing Man

    NOVEL, 2013

    He was ugly, truly ugly, but he was also the greatest dancer ever seen in the Atacama desert. Fernando Noble came to Coya with his wife, Ana Santa Fe, looking for work. He managed to get a post as...

  • The Writer of Epitaphs

    NOVEL, 2001

    "They call him the Writer of Epitaphs, but really he's an angel. A café angel. He lives a quiet life under the canopy of his favourite café, at least it was quiet until the...

  • The Art of Resurrection

    NOVEL, 2010

    ALFAGUARA NOVEL PRIZE 2010 The so-called "Christ of Elqui" arrived at the mining office of Los dones with his long black hair and beard as if he were a biblical prophet. However, this time...

  • The Movie-teller

    NOVEL, 2009

     

  • My Name Is Malarrosa

    NOVEL, 2008

    She was supposed to have been named Malvarossa but a registration error changed the course of her fate. The girl, a bird lover with a mirage-like gaze and a strange gift for decorating the dead,...

  • The Fantasizer

    NOVEL, 2006

    The inhabitants of a typical mining town (or ‘office’) in the salt desert of northern Chile (the natural habitat for this author) are about to face two important events that will...

  • Romance of the Goblin That Writes Me My Novels

    SHORT NOVEL, 2005

    After a solid and successful body of work in fiction, this Chilean writer brings us a delicious piece in which he tells in simple but rich language the story of the goblin who has always appeared...

  • Song to Walk on the Waters

    NOVEL, 2004

    In the last months of Allende’s government, Brando Taberna and his friend Cristo Perez, in the sensual company of the buxom Jerónima Monroe, converge on Arica in northern Chile, after...

  • Donde mueren los valientes

    SHORT STORIES, 1999

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