(Bolivia, Portugal)

Cristina Zabalaga (1980) raised in Bolivia, is a Portuguese and Bolivian citizen. She has published her debut fiction novel Pronuncio un nombre hueco (2012, Gente Común, Bolivia) and short stories (2011, 2012, Letralia, Venezuela). Her work explores the interaction between literature, photography and cinema. She holds a University degree in Journalism by the Complutense University of Madrid, and a Masters degree in European Studies with a specialization in Intercultural Communication in Leuven (Belgium). Her professional experience includes both the private sector and international institutions across several countries in Europe. Currently, Cristina lives in Lisbon.


  • Pronuncio un nombre hueco (Pronouncing an empty name) I Publisher: Gente Común I Language: Spanish I Year: 2012 I Pages: 208 I Genre: fiction novel I Rights: world

Structured in twelve chapters, Pronuncio un nombre hueco is a fictional retelling of Roberto Bolaño’s life from 1958 to 2003. Bolaño is depicted as the poet, R, B, the writer, the author, the foreigner, the Chilean, the father, the lover, the husband. While trying to live up to an almost suicidal premise “To write or to die!”, the young poet experiences the early days of Pinochet’s dictatorhip in Chile, the students’ revolts in Mexico and the democratic transition in Spain. Multiple voices contribute to the narration, reinforcing or contradicting each other.

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