17 – 26 May


Breaking Boundaries: Ariana Harwicz & Samanta Schweblin

Saturday, 25 May
National Library of Ireland
€10 / €8

Vibrant and innovative, today’s Latin American literature boldly explodes boundaries, and we’re delighted to introduce two exciting Buenos Aires-born authors, Ariana Harwicz and Samanta Schweblin, to ILFDublin. Often compared to Virginia Woolf, Ariana Harwicz is a radical figure in contemporary Argentinian literature. Last year, her first novel Die, My Love was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker. Feebleminded, translated into English by Annie McDermott and Carolina Orloff - the second in what she calls her ‘involuntary trilogy’ - was described by the Times Literary Supplement as, ‘celebrating lust and bolshiness with an intensity worthy of Clarice Lispector.’ Mouthful Of Birds is the darkly humorous new collection from Samanta Schweblin, critically acclaimed author of Fever Dream, which was shortlisted for the International Man Booker Prize 2017. The Guardian called it, ‘terrifying and brilliant… Nearly impossible to put down.’ Translated into English by Megan McDowell, it introduces us to people who have slipped through cracks or fallen down holes into alternate realities. In conversation with journalist and editor Aoife Barry.

Presented in association with Instituto Cervantes / Spanish Embassy in Ireland, with support by National Library of Ireland