Benjamín Labatut


Benjamin Labatut was born in Rotterdam in 1980. He spent his childhood in the cities of The Hague and Buenos Aires, and at the age of twelve moved to Santiago, Chile. His first book, La Antártica empieza aquí (Antarctica Starts Here), a collection of short stories, won in 2009 the Caza de Letras Award, given by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and the Municipal Prize in Santiago for the best short-story collection published in Chile in 2012. His second book, Después de la luz (Afterlight), was published by Hueders in 2016. Much more complex, this books depicts darkness and emptiness, in the search of language and silence. At the same time, it questions the role of artists and their inherent solitude. This is a unique and particular book that links Labatut to other disturbing yet essentials writers and essayists such us Pascal Quignard and Georg Christoph Lichtenberg. His latest book, soon to be published, will be released by Anagrama in Spanish, and it has already been sold to the most prestigious publishing houses in Europe and the US.