Claudia Ulloa Donoso
Claudia Ulloa Donoso (Lima, 1984) studied Tourism in Peru, Sociology in Norway and also a Master degree on Spanish literature from the University of Tromsø. Claudia is author of the short stories volumes The fish that learned to walk (El pez que aprendió a caminar, Estruendomudo, Peru) and Little Bird (Pajarito, Laurel, Chile) and the book Seventh Dawn (Séptima madrugada) based on her weblog of the same name. Some of her stories have appeared in the anthologies “New Latin American Story” (“Nuevo cuento latinoamericano”) edited in Madrid by Julio Ortega, and “Les bonnes nouvelles de l’Amérique latine. Anthologie de la nouvelle latino-américaine contemporaine” published by Gallimard in France. In 2009, the Guadalajara Book Fair selected Claudia in their “Forum of New Narratives” and in 2010 she was a guest writer of the “III Congress of New Ibero-American Narrators” organized in Madrid by Casa de América. Claudia lives in Northern Norway (Bodø) where she works as a teacher of Spanish and Norwegian for immigrants.
Little Bird (Pajarito)
Laurel / 140 pages
English sample available
Rights acquired by:
Laguna Libros (Colombia)
Pepitas de calabaza (Spain)
L´atinoir Éditions (France)
“Cruelty and tenderness mixed with subtlety… Worlds built with small and fragile details. Common histories that become rare from page to page. Lost characters in a Nordic town who are capable to see in their routines fissures through which a parallel – sometimes monstrous – reality is filtered. Little Bird is written with a truly admirable unique delicacy.”
“My latest discovery is Little Bird. In Little Bird, Claudia travels through dissimilar worlds united by a fine and strong thread: her splendid prose. Reading Little Bird is like opening the trunk of a distant relative that has left there a familiar world full of strangeness.”
“Little Bird demonstrates that always is possible to understand the construction of a short stories volume in a new way. It is not a question only of renewal of a genre that is inherently ductile, but also about how to give it a structure with originality, character and style. This is achieved in Little Bird. Ulloa Donoso tends to break with literature´s well-established topics. She turns them around, upend them. Right there – in her peculiar way of conceiving and developing short stories, and in the intensity of an own style, transparent and musical – lies the best of Little Bird.”
Inside this volume there is a writer who collects screws, a peculiar nurse, works in hotels and sawmills, women that liquefy themselves in blood and water, sudden fiancés, perplexed men, a plant, a cat and a bird. The smell of Lima and the transparent perhaps aqueous air below zero degrees in the Øvre Hunstadmoen bus stop in Northern Norway. There are stories and pauses that however are not breaks but twinges. Little Bird is a masked antidote, a threat of life against death – a combat barely weaken – whose weapons are these experiments of imagination that counteract unknown tragedy and the white desperation of snow.