Claudia Apablaza (Santiago de Chile, 1978). She got a BA in Psychology, a MA in Literary Theory at the Universidad de Chile and is doing a Postgraduate Course in Comparative Literature at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. She has been working at LOM Ediciones and Cuarto Proprio ediciones (Chile). She has published over five books, among which are EME/A (Editorial Altazor, Lima, Perú 2010), Diario de las Especies (Lanzallamas, Chile; Jus, Mexico City, 2008; Barataria, Spain, 2010), Autoformato (Lom Ediciones, Chile, 2006), Siempre te creíste la Virginia Woolf (La Calabaza del Diablo, Chile, 2011), GOO y el amor (La Habana, Editorial Arte y Literatura, 2013). At present, she divides her time between Santiago de Chile and Barcelona. She teaches at the Laboratorio de Escritura de Barcelona and is currently an editor at Ediciones Barataria, where she coordinates a collection of contemporary Latin American writers. She also writes for the online magazines like 60Watts, Dado Roto, Literaturas.com. Her short stories have been featured in the anthologies: The end of the world by young Latin American writers (Ed. Flaneur, Sao Paulo) and Latin American auto(bio)graphies.
- Siempre te creíste la Virginia Woolf (You thought you were Virginia Woolf) Publisher: Libros de la Calabaza del diablo I Language: Spanish I Year: 2012 I Pages: 96 I Rights: World
In this book of short stories, Claudia Apablaza talks about the subject of writers without being self-referential. The book could be divided into three parts: how someone falls in love with writing, on how writers work, and how a writer can also be a girlfriend whose partner doesn’t understand her.
In Poseída, a veterinary student feels the need to write in the middle of class and ends up being pompously called a writer. In Consejos para una joven cuentista a group of young writers avidly seek the advice of an old famous writer whom, sitting alone in a bar, starts a monologue about how people should write.
Every story describes, with a good dose of humour, bookfairs, wannabe writers, known writers, publishers and agents. Siempre te creíste Virginia Woolf is not a book about writers or the literary scene, it is an exercise of style and an experiment on language.
- Goo y el amor (Goo and Love) Publisher: Editorial Arte y Literatura I Language: Spanish I Year: 2012 I Pages: 176 I Rights: World I Sold to: Barataria (Spain)
The book is a contemporary reflection on the subject of love, seen through the demystification of the myth of love as a fairy tale force that empowers women and gives them meaning. For Apablaza there are no handsome knights on white horses, no salvation thorough the magical power of love. Men are essentially predators and women are better off without the illusion of finding their perfect prince.
Goo, the main character, is an intelligent and educated woman with low self esteem. She looks for love on the Internet and met a man that turned out to be very different from what she thought. Through emails to this man, to her mother and her father, the plot sees Goo going on a trip to Portbou, on the borders between France and Catalonia, where her idol, Walter Benjam, died. There she will find her true self and realize that she doesn’t need a man to feel more of a woman.
A chaotic existentialism is the backdrop of a novel where the favorite narrative platforms are short messages and emails, introducing the reader to a world of erotism, solitude and death-all seen through the lens of a sharp irony.
ALBA prize for Latin American and Caribbean Young Writers (2012)
Finalist in the Joven Talento Booket 2008, Editorial Planeta, Spain
Honorable mention on the Short stories contest Jorge Luis Borges 2008, SESAM Magazine, Argentina
First place in the Short Story contest of Paula Magazine 2005, organized by Editorial Alfaguara, Chile
First place in the Short Story contest Filando cuentos de mujer 2004, Asturias
National first place in the XI Contest of stories from the rural world, 2003; published on an anthology of stories from the rural world, 2003, edited by the Ministry of Agriculture and DIBAM (Directorate of Libraries, Archives and Museums in Spanish). The story is included in the Oral Literature Archive of the National Library
Honorable Mention in the II Story contest Mi vida y mi trabajo, 2003; published in the Anthology Mi vida y mi trabajo, 2003, edited by the Ministry of Labour and the Journal La Nación
Third place of the Región Metropolitana, in the X Contest of stories from the rural world, 2002; published on an anthology of stories from the rural world, 2002, edited by the Ministry of Agriculture and DIBAM. The story is included in the Oral Literature Archive of the National Library.
Mejores cuentos del siglo XXI, selección de Camilo Marks, Mondadori, 2012 ; Novísima relación. Antología de narrativa amerispánica en el siglo XXI, Universidad de Zaragoza, 2012; Coordinated the 16 narradoras chilenas Junta de vecinas, Algaida, España, 2011; Published CHIL3, Ediciones B, Chile, 2011; Imaginario (Lima, Altazor, 2010), El libro de voyeur (Ediciones del Viento, España, 2010), Las mujeres cuentan (Chile, 2010), Asamblea Portátil (Casatomada, Lima, 2009), Letras rojas (Lom, Chile, 2009), Porotos granados (Catalonia, Chile, 2008); Quince golpes en la cabeza (CajaChina Editorial, Cuba, 2008); Tiempo de Relatos (Booket, Planeta, Spain, 2008); El Arca: Bestiario & Ficciones de 31 cuentistas hispanoamericanos (Sangría Editora, Chile; La Buena Vida, Peru, 2008); Bitácora perdida del Teniente Bello (2007), Pozo (Lanzallamas, Chile, 2006), Mi nombre en el Google y otros cuentos (Alfaguara, Chile, 2005), Lenguas: Dieciocho jóvenes cuentistas chilenos (J.C. Sáez Editor, Chile, 2005), Que el libro sea la llave (Asterión, Chile, 2004