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You are in: Home > 2004. 52nd Edition  > Awards and Jury Members > Altadis-New Directors Award Jury > ALAN PAULS

Born in Colegiales (Buenos Aires, Argentina) in 1959, this graduate in the Arts has been a university lecturer. Expert in the work of Manuel Puig, Lucio V. Mansilla and Roberto Arlt, he has written various essays on Argentine literature, the latest of which, entitled “El factor Borges”, is dedicated to Jorge Luis Borges. He is currently the editor of “Radar”, Sunday supplement for the newspaper “Página/12”. He has worked as a film and literary critic, in addition to having written scripts for television (Carlos Sorín’s La era del ñandú, 1987) and for the screen (Los enemigos, 1982; Sinfín, 1988; Imposible, 1999, Arizona Sur, 2000). His literary work consists of four novels and a number of short stories. The first time his name appeared in Spain was precisely in a tale published by Anagrama in 1992 as part of Juan Forn’s anthology “Buenos Aires”. But Pauls had already been publishing in Argentina for almost ten years. His first book was “El pudor del pornógrafo”, 1984; “El coloquio” came out in 1990. The third, “Wasabi”, published in 1994, narrated the comings and goings of an Argentinean writer in France, precisely at the La Maison des écrivains étrangers et des traducteurs in the French port of Saint-Nazaire. With his fourth book, “El pasado” (2003), Pauls won the 21st Premio Herralde de Novela. Not only is Pauls one of the most important writers of new Latin American narrative, he also holds the honour of being one of the leading characters in the novel by Enrique Vila-Matas, “El mal de Montano”.


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