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Benjamín Labatut

Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 1980. He spent his childhood in The Hague, Buenos Aires and Lima, and at the age of fourteen he settled in Santiago de Chile. La Antártica empieza aquí, his first book of short stories, was published in Mexico, where it won the 2009 Caza de Letras Prize, awarded by the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Alfaguara publishing house. In Chile it appeared in 2012, and a year later it won the Santiago Municipal Prize. His second book, Después de la luz, published in 2016 by Hueders publishing house, consists of a series of scientific, philosophical and historical notes on the void, written after a deep personal crisis. His third book, Un verdor terrible (Anagrama, 2020), explores the limits of the unknown and the relationship between science and literature. In 2021 he published, also in Anagrama, La piedra de la locura, a reflection on chaos and madness based on scientific theories, literary expressions and personal experiences.

Update: 5 April 2022


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