CHILEAN SHORT STORIES HIT THE SHELVES IN CHINA
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.