Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Edmundo Paz-Soldán to Visit Brown University

March 9, 2018

Edmundo Paz-Soldán is one of the most prominent contemporary Latin American writers. Born in Bolivia, Paz-Soldán is currently a professor of Spanish Literature at Cornell University. Before Cornell, Paz-Soldán earned his Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from UC-Berkeley. Along with his literary contemporaries Alberto Fuguet, Fernando Iwasaki and Rodrigo Rey Rosa, Paz-Soldán seeks to challenge the idea that Latin American authors are limited to writing about their region. By incorporating issues of globalization, inequality, migration and politics, Paz Soldán has managed to move away from the magical realism usually associated with Latin America. Instead he has adopted the dynamism and resilience of the region and poured it into his characters and plots. 

Paz-Soldán is a multi-award-winning author who has published several short-story books and nine novels, including Norte (English trans. 2016) and Los días de la peste (Malpaso 2017).  The author also manages his own blog called Río fugitivo, named after the fictional city where many of his novels are set. Paz-Soldán’s own drive to be a global Latin American writer has led his work to be translated into nine different languages. 

Do not miss out on the opportunity to meet with Edmundo Paz-Soldán on his visit to Brown University. The author will be joining us on Tuesday, March 20th at noon at McKinney Conference Room 353 at the Watson Institute. He will discuss the challenges of narrating about contemporary Latin America and what this means to him.

Please note the talk will be in Spanish.