Gabriela Cabezón Cámara
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Gabriela Cabezón Cámara

Argentina | 1968
She is considered one of the most powerful writers of her generation.
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About her most recent novel, Las aventuras de China Iron, literary reviews have said it has “an enchanted and almost miraculous prose” and that the book means a “new foundation” of Argentinian literature. The novel was listed among the best books of the year in the Spanish edition of The New York Times and in El País, in Spain.

Her novel La Virgen Cabeza was a finalist for the Silverio Cañada Memorial Prize at the Gijón Detective Week and 2009 Rolling Stone Argentina Book of the Year. Her short novel Le viste la cara a Dios was published by the Spanish online publisher Sigueleyendo in October 2011 and was the first e-book in Spanish to be chosen as book of the year by Revista Ñ.

Beya, le viste la cara a Dios, a graphic novel co-authored with Iñaki Echeverría was awarded the Argentine Senate’s Alfredo Palacios Prize and was recognized as having social and cultural significance by the Buenos Aires City Council and by the Chamber of Deputies of the Province of Buenos Aires for its contribution to the fight against human trafficking.

She works as an editor in the Culture section of the Clarín newspaper until August 2014. She currently coordinates writing workshops and clinics and works as an independent journalist contributing to Página 12, Fierro (a comics magazine), Eterna Cadencia (blog), Anfibia (feature magazine) among other publications.

Cabezón Cámara’s style is unmistakable, something which can be said of few Argentinian writers. One can only hope that her delightful rhythm and her highly cultured yet sentences will be repeated long after the author’s name is forgotten, as one can say of some tango lyrics or of Martin Fierro itself. María Moreno, Revista Ñ

Opening one of Gabriela Cabezón Cámara’s novels is like unfolding a universe of rules, myths and a music of its own, where resistance to the oppressive is practiced to a rhythm of celebration and excess. Guadalupe Treibel, Página 12, Argentina

(…) These are provocative texts that feel their ways along the edges of the city with characters in situations of constant danger, bodies moving to the beat of getting to know violence, languages raised to the scream or insult that come together with a language that searches and searches again in literary references another response to the provocation. Nora Domínguez, Cuaderno Lírico, Revista Red Interuniversitaria

Her lively splendor can turn anything into a resource, can redefine what is wealth and beauty. Agustín Valle, Rolling Stone

Gabriela Cabezón Cámara is one of the most exciting new writers to have emerged in Argentina in the last decade. Center for Latin American Studies, University of California at Berkeley