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Andrés Felipe Solano and Sabina Urraca in conversation
Choosing what direction a work should take is not always an easy decision. It may depend on how the author chooses to interweave the fragments of a reality that are theirs and theirs alone, and on the fiction into which they have chosen to deposit their characters. Or on how beneficial or harmful distance, memory or experience may be. Or perhaps, on how one turns one’s back on any semblance of reality to make sure that the story ventures into unknown scenarios, as a way of experimenting with the limits of writing itself.
On "telling a story you didn’t exactly experience yourself or were told, but that did happen", on realities and fictions, on the processes involved in the construction of a novel, on formats, on autobiography as a source of inspiration, on commissioned works… These are all themes that Sabina Urraca and Andrés Felipe Solano will address in their conversation and by the way, we know how the conversation will begin, but dear knows where it will lead us...
Sabina Urraca (San Sebastian, 1984) is a writer, editor and journalist. Although she was born in the Basque Country, she grew up in Tenerife and has lived in Madrid for more than 20 years. She is the author of the novels The Miracle Girls (Las niñas prodigio) (Fulgencio Pimentel, 2017), and She Dreamed of a Girl who Stole a Horse (Soñó con la chica que robaba un caballo) (Lengua de trapo, 2021) as well as a photographic novella Cha-cha-chá (Dueto) (Comisura, 2023). She contributes to several media (El País, El Cultural, Cinemanía) and she is the editor of Andrea Abreu’s The Donkey's Belly (Panza de Burro), (Barrett, 2020). In 2020, she received a writing grant from the University of Iowa. She has recently received the Leonardo Creation Grant from the BBVA Foundation. She will be the editor of Caballo de Troya during 2023 and 2024.
Andrés Felipe Solano (Bogota, 1977) is the author of several novels, including Save Me (Sálvame), Joe Louis (Alfaguara, 2007), The Crow Brothers (Los hermanos Cuervo) (Demipage, 2015) and Neon Cemeteries (Cementerios de neón) (Tusquets, 2016), together with other non-fiction works including Minimum Wage, Living with Nothing (Salario mínimo, vivir con nada) (Tusquets, 2015), Korea: Notes from the Tightrope (Corea: apuntes desde la cuerda floja) (Barrett, 2019), which won the Colombian Narrative Library Award and was a finalist in the Bucheon Diaspora Literary Award in 2021, and Days of Fever (Los días de la fiebre) (Temas de Hoy, 2020). In 2010, Granta, the English magazine, chose him as one of the 22 best young storytellers writing in Spanish. He has published articles and stories in The New York Times Magazine, McSweeney’s, Granta and El País, among others. In 2020 he was invited to participate as a guest writer in the 10th Busan Art Biennale in South Korea. He has lived in Seoul for the past ten years or so. His latest book is a novel called Gloria (Sexto Piso, 2023).
With the collaboration of Sexto Piso
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