Ciudad de México, México, 1981

Brenda Lozano is a fiction writer, essayist and editor. She studied Latin American literature at the Ibero-American University. Lozano received a grant from the FONCA Jóvenes Creadores programme, and some of her short stories have been published in various anthologies. Her first novel, Todo nada (All Nothing, Tusquets, 2009), will soon be adapted for the big screen, and her second book, Cuaderno ideal (Ideal Notebook), was published in 2014. She currently edits the prose section of the literary journal MAKE. In 2015 she was selected by Conaculta, the Hay Festival and the British Council as one of her country’s best fiction writers under 40. In 2017 she was added to the Bogota 39 list, a selection of the best fiction writers under 40 from across Latin America.

Bibliography

Cómo piensan las piedras speaks to us of love and family relationships, day-to-day enigmas, the unknown bursting through, memories sinking into the past like a stone into a lake. It speaks to us of stories of love and heartbreak that begin with music albums and end in empty rooms and tired arms. What weighs more, a gorilla or a husband?

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Novel

Cuaderno ideal is a love story narrated from the point of view of a woman who waits for her boyfriend Jonas to return from a trip to Spain. They met when she was recovering from an accident and he had just lost his mother; Soon they were living together. She waits for him as a sort of Penelope who instead of knitting and unweaving, writes and erases her thoughts in a notebook: Proust, a dwarf, a swallow, a dreamy cat or David Bowie singing "Wild is the Wind" make up some of the strands that weave the tapestry of waiting.

Cuaderno ideal (Ideal Notebook) is all about fragments, everything minuscule and timeless.” El Mercurio

“Brenda Lozano’s books rub shoulders with the best of Latin American literature, without exhausting themselves in localisms or squabbles. An invitation to assess reality from other traditions.” Faena

“Because this is a smaller version of Penelope’s story, of Metamorphoses, of the sea, violence, great literature, death, time, and love going from big bold print to the insignificance of tiny letters. Because that’s what Cuaderno ideal is all about, the most useless stories in a world governed by the most important, the most transcendental, the most famous.” Manuel Barroso

Already an old man, the renowned gastroenterologist Emilio Nassar had a project: let himself starve to death. As a witness of that hidden agenda, he chose his young granddaughter, Emilia, with whom he shared long coffee talks before dying. Still affected by the loss, and engaged in a turbulent love affair, Emilia is devoted to reconstruct the last months she lived with her grandfather, the last months of that avid reader, incurable megalomaniac, authoritarian father, sickly-sweet grandfather, recalcitrant conservative, cinema buff and old-fashioned gentleman. Free of all solemnity, Emilia recalls the lively and poignant monologues of the man who, despite his suicidal determination, always had a memory, a revelation or a new bias to tell, as one might expect from an intolerant man, who also offered gallantry, tenderness and, on his best moments, the most sensible advice: “We are not here to sleep in anguish: we have come to have a good time”. However, Emilia will realize how complicated it is to apply this principle to her chaotic life. A fact that will cast a shy, sad, but revealing light on the nonsense of our affections.

Short stories and novellas

¿What weighs more? A word or a stone? In this short story collection, everyday occurrences converse with all kinds of unusual events. A photocopier’s monologue, the strange questions a little girl asks a policeman, a herd of elephants performing a ritual before death, a home threatened by the objects left by an ex. Cómo piensan las piedras speaks to us of love and family relationships, day-to-day enigmas, the unknown bursting through, memories sinking into the past like a stone into a lake. It speaks to us of stories of love and heartbreak that begin with music albums and end in empty rooms and tired arms. What weighs more, a gorilla or a husband?

Brenda Lozano studies the human zoo in stories where readers will find the characters both familiar and enigmatic, as close friends usually are.

I said I love you, and that word is a panther; I said I love you, and saw that the word flies in the morning. I said I love you, and there goes a black cat. I asked do you love me, and there’s a white dog, dirty and clumsy, tilting its head.

 “A group of stories that are always disturbing, and always subtle.” Antonio Ortuño

“Brenda Lozano is a splendid writer, brilliant, fun, subtly perverse, always moving." Francisco Goldman

Prizes

2017 - Included in the list Bogota 39, a selection of the best fiction writers under 40 from across Latin America