Fernanda Trías (Uruguay, 1976) is the author of novels La Azotea, Cuaderno para un solo ojo, La ciudad invencible, and the plaquette El regreso. Additional stories have appeared in anthologies in Germany, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, the US and the UK, including 20/40 (Twenty Latin American Writers under Forty Living in the United States) and Palabras Errantes (Cambridge University’s anthology, Five Uruguayan Women Writers). She was the recipient of the Uruguayan National Literature Award (2002), and the BankBoston Foundation for Uruguayan National Culture Award (2006). Resident at the UNESCO-Aschberg Programme at Camac Centre d’art in 2004, she lived in France for five years. In 2012 she received a full scholarship to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing at New York University. She was one of the “Voices for the New Millennium”, organized by Cornell University in 2013.
Under One Roof (La azotea)
Tránsito Editorial / 140 pp.
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Laguna Libros (Colombia only)
The World is this house says Clara while she is trying to protect her beloved ones from the world -yes, that one outside their house walls- which seems to threaten them more and more. Clara entrenches herself with her father and her daughter Flor in a dark apartment that inevitably crumbles on them. The roof becomes their last recess of freedom. A caged bird is the only witness of Clara’s fear and resistance against those she thinks are trying to destroy her.
“Are threats and pain external or inside our own bodies? Where is violence´s root? What are we afraid of? Is there a possibility to find a roof to finally being able to breathe? What are our umbilical cords? Fernanda Trías does not answer these questions –impossible for anyone– about instinct, civilization and taboos, but shape them and goes deep with a grotesque and forceful history written with agility and a Kafkaesque sense of humour.”
– Marta Sanz, winner of the Herralde Prize
“Like Myrrha, obsessed by the love of his father, Clara leaves all contact with the outside world as if so, life would be less painful, and indoor made her feel safe, as a poor copy of the maternal uterus. And as for the Greek heroin, who cloaked each night to go to bed with her father, the only way out for Clara will be what all great love requests, that is sacrifice. This delirious hypothesis takes the narrator to cut ties even with her sanity: the World is once again in order according to her peculiar ideas, almost always paranoid, until confusion drags everything. If there is something patent in Under One Roof we are dealing with an author that has worked an own voice and has conceived a inner world absolutely idiosyncratic, without need for gadgets, major topics or exasperate customs.”
– Dolores Gil, Revista Ñ
No soñarás flores (You won´t dream flowers)
Laguna Libros, April 2016 / 164 pages
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Montacerdos (Chile y Perú)
La ciudad invencible (The invincible city)
Demipage, 2014 / 132 pages
“A good book never tells a unique thing. This story is about a sentimental training in a city which has been recently reached and where you live, but that is an unknown place; an hospitable and impossible city at the same time. The physical gap between urban ignorance and social experience that crosses is essential, while allows to become oblique testimony about Buenos Aires.
An author who belongs to the city about which she writes, could offer versions more or less plausible; but only those who have a foreign gaze will have a life without loans or misunderstandings. Fernanda joins with this frontier novel (half journal, half personal chronicle) the vast tradition of writers who, being foreigners, have been the most eloquent in represent the incomplete Buenos Aires that, good or bad, accepted them.” Sergio Chejfec