Writer in Residence Programme 2009

Maria Fasce is WIR in Amsterdam

1-31 August 2009

At present, María Fasce is writing a new novel, Un lugar en el mundo (A Place in the World), which strives to explore the transient lives we live in modern times. Ports, sea shores, all those places that invite one at once to leave and to stay are both the scenarios and the subject of this love story, which portrays among its main characters a Dutch painter who finds sense to his life in the most unsuspected place on earth. Fasce is the first Spanish-speaking guest writer in the Amsterdam Residency Program.

María Fasce (Buenos Aires, 1969) studied Literature in Argentina and in France. She has contributed as journalist and literary critic to various publications in her home country and abroad, and translated works from Patrick Modiano, Albert Camus and Marcel Proust, among others. She worked as editor and editor in chief for Planeta and Alfaguara, the major publishing houses of the Spanish speaking world. Her award-wining poems and short-stories are available in anthologies from all over the world. She has been an active participant in literary meetings and congresses celebrated in the Americas and in Europe.

In 1997 she published El oficio de mentir (Emecé), a book of interviews with Abelardo Castillo. Her first short-story book, La felicidad de las mujeres (Destino) earned the National Award for the Arts in Argentina in 1999. Her novel La verdad según Virginia (Planeta, 2004) was published in France (Gallimard), Russia (Astrel) and the Netherlands (Wereldbibliotheek). She has also written a play, El mar, which was presented successfully in Buenos Aires (2005) and Barcelona (2006).

In january 2006, she was awarded a writer’s residence fellowship from the Maison d’Ecrivains et Traducteurs de Saint-Nazaire (MEET) to work on her last novel, La naturaleza del amor (to be published in 2008). Her most recent short-story book A nadie le gusta la soledad was published by Emecé in may 2007.

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