Carlos Gamerro was born in Buenos Aires in 1962. He has studied and taught Literature at Buenos Aires University (UBA). In 2007 he was Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, in 2008 he participated in the International Writers Workshop (Iowa) and in 2012 in the Edinburgh’s World Writers’ Conference.
His publications include the novels Las Islas (Simurg, 1998; Norma, 2007; Edhasa, 2012),El sueño del señor juez (Sudamericana, 2000; Página 12, 2005; 27 letras, 2008; Edhasa, 2016), El secreto y las voces (Norma, 2002, Edhasa, 2011) La aventura de los bustos de Eva (Norma, 2004; Belacqua, 2006, Edhasa, 2012), Un yuppie en la columna del Che Guevara (Edhasa, 2011), Cardenio (Edhasa, 2016), the book of short stories El libro de los afectos raros (Norma, 2005, Interzona, 2014) and the books of essays El nacimiento de la literatura argentina (Norma, 2006; Excursiones, 2015), Ulises. Claves de lectura (Norma, 2008; Interzona, 2015), Ficciones barrocas (Eterna Cadencia, 2010); Facundo o Martín Fierro (Sudamericana, 2015) and Borges y los clásicos (Eterna Cadencia, 2016). Three of his novels have been translated into English: An Open Secret (Pushkin Press, 2011); The Islands (And Other Stories, 2012) and The Adventure of the Busts of Eva Perón (And Other stories, 2015).
In collaboration with Rubén Mira he has scripted the film Tres de Corazones (2007) directed by Sergio Renán. In 2011 his play Las Islas opened at the Teatro Alvear in Buenos Aires, directed by Alejandro Tantanián. His translations into Spanish include Graham Greene’s A World of One’s Own, W.H. Auden’s The Dyer’s Hand, Harold Bloom’s Poetry and Repression and William Shakespeare’s Henry VIII, Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice.
The Adventure of the Busts of Eva Perón. And Other Stories, 2015.
New Orleans Review, October 2015.
World Literature Today, September 2015.
Workshyfop. April 13, 2015.
The Skinny. March 2, 2015.
Foreword Reviews. February 27, 2015.
Kirkus Reviews, January 2015.
Carlos Gamerro at the Edinburgh World Writer’s Conference 2012: http://www.edinburghworldwritersconference.org/
The Islands by Carlos Gamerro. Translated by Ian Barnett. And Other Stories, London, 2012.
Rod Jackman in The Philadelphia Review of Books: http://philadelphiareviewofbooks.com/tag/carlos-gamerro/
Jeff Alford in About.com: http://contemporarylit.about.com/od/fiction/fr/The-Islands-Gamerro.htm
Mark P. Williams in Scoop Review of Books: http://books.scoop.co.nz/2013/01/28/reflections-and-returns/
Martin Schifino in The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/the-islands-by-carlos-gamerro-trans-ian-barnett-in-collaboration-with-the-author-7827523.html
Tom Bunstead in The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/the-islands-by-carlos-gamerro-trs-ian-barnett-7791201.html
Matthew Crockatt in The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/matthew-crockatt/the-islands-by-carlos-gam_b_1523670.html
Steve Himmer in Necessary Fiction. http://necessaryfiction.com/reviews/TheIslandsbyCarlosGamerrotransIanBarnett
Bella Whittington in Litro Magazine: http://www.litro.co.uk/2012/10/novel-the-islands-by-carlos-gamerro/
Jonathan Blitzer in The Nation. http://www.thenation.com/article/172071/no-man-island-fiction-trauma-war
Tom Hennigan in The Dublin Review of Books. http://drb.ie/essays/island-sickness
Anthony Cummins in The Observer: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/aug/19/the-islands-carlos-camerro-review
Nick Caistor in The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/jul/19/the-islands-carlos-gamerro-review?newsfeed=true
Michael Sopp in The Literateur. http://literateur.com/the-islands-by-carlos-gamerro/
Lorna Scott Fox in The Times Literary Supplement: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/tlssearch.do?querystring=gamerro§ionId=13175&p=tls
Ben Bollig: “Carlos Gamerro’s historical fiction reveals stories of facts once hidden”. The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/jul/10/carlos-gamerro-open-secret-islands
Carlos Gamerro on his novel The Islands. Interview by Bella Whittington. Litro Magazine. http://www.litro.co.uk/2012/11/carlos-gamerro-interview/
Carlos Gamerro interviewed by Richard Lea. The Guardian Books Podcast (go to minute 15): http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/audio/2012/aug/25/afghanistan-sharia-falkland-islands-podcast
Carlos Gamerro interviewed by Charlotte Higgins. The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/aug/22/falklands-war-novel-argentinian-edinburgh?INTCMP=SRCH
Carlos Gamerro interviewed by Anna Aslanyan. 3AM magazine. http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/labels-that-wouldnt-stick/
Carlos Gamerro on BBC Radio 3:
1. The Strand: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p002vsn3
2. Nightwaves: (go to minute 27) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006tp43
3. The Strand: “Read my country” (Arlt, Puig, Saer: go to minute 5:30): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00w7pzh
4. Malvinas Madness: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01jql7r
Review by Maya Jaggi: Fiction From Argentina: The Price of Love. The
Economist, Nov 26th 2011:
An Open Secret by Carlos Gamerro. Translated by Ian Barnett. Pushkin Press, London, 2011.
The Islands by Carlos Gamerro. And Other Stories Press. Publication date: June 2012.
“Lost in the City”. From the ‘Writing In and Beyond the City’ symposium, comes this essay written by Carlos Gamerro in English. “Lost in the City” ranges from the difference between magical realism and the Argentine fantastic and how Brazilian slums are different to Argentine ones, to writers’ changing strategies to understanding the city (the flaneur, the detective) and how lifts have stopped blocks of flats being literary microcosms of society. He also touches on the different strategies of mapping and invention that he employed in El secreto y las voces (An Open Secret) and La Aventura de los bustos de Eva (The Adventure of the Busts of Eva Perón).
Carlos Gamerro: Excerpts from The Adventure of the Busts of Eva Perón and Las Islas.