CHILEAN SHORT STO­RIES HIT THE SHELVES IN CHINA

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On Au­gust 21, a press launch for the Chi­nese ver­sion of a short story col­lec­tion by Chilean writer Paulina Flores was held at the Em­bassy of the Repub­lic of Chile in Bei­jing.

Paulina Flores, a new gen­er­a­tion Chilean nov­el­ist, was born in San­ti­ago in 1988 and grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Chile af­ter ma­jor­ing in Span­ish Lit­er­a­ture. Hav­ing pre­vi­ously stud­ied at the work­shop of Chilean nov­el­ist Ale­jan­dro An­drés Zam­bra In­fan­tas, her short story “Qué Vergüenza” won the Roberto Bo­laño Prize in 2014. A col­lec­tion of the au­thor’s sto­ries was also pub­lished un­der the same ti­tle in 2015 and earned her the Mu­nic­i­pal Lit­er­a­ture and Art Crit­ics Cir­cle awards. In 2016, the col­lec­tion was pub­lished in Spain and was widely wel­comed by both crit­ics and read­ers. At present, Flores is work­ing as a teacher in San­ti­ago and work­ing on her first full-length novel.

The col­lec­tion of nine short sto­ries has been pub­lished in six lan­guages, in­clud­ing now in Chi­nese. The sto­ries show­case her un­usual ma­tu­rity and were cre­ated from the per­spec­tive of teenagers look­ing at adult life. In “Qué Vergüenza,” two girls try to help their fa­ther out of an em­bar­rass­ing sit­u­a­tion but end up get­ting him into more trou­ble; “Teresa” tells a story of lust, se­duc­tion and power but the tale ends with a sur­pris­ing twist; in “Talc­ahuano,” teenagers are seem­ingly coura­geous but they are still un­able to es­cape the shadow of their tragic re­al­ity; in “Olvi­dar a Freddy,” the hero­ine is doomed to be un­able to for­get her painful ex­pe­ri­ences, ex­haust­ing her both men­tally and phys­i­cally; and in “Úl­ti­mas Va­ca­ciones,” the story’s pro­tag­o­nist must make a choice be­tween two dif­fer­ent ways of life. These nine short sto­ries lead read­ers through a gate con­nect­ing the worlds of chil­dren and adults.

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