Buenos Aires, Argentina

Silvia Arazi is a novelist, short story writer, poet, actress and singer. She has acted in many plays, films, comedies, musicals and television programmes. As a writer, she formed part of the Abelardo Castillo workshop for several years. She was awarded the Premio Julio Cortázar de Narrativa Breve in Spain for her short stories Que temprano anochece. Her novel La maestra de canto was translated into German and Dutch and it was adapted into cinema by Ariel Broitman, in 2013. She has published two poetry books: Claudine y la casa de piedra y  La medianera, una novelita haiku  (Second Prize of Fondo Nacional de las Artes) and La familia Cubierto, poems for children. Her most recent novels are El niño de pocas palabras and La separación. She lives in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and in Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay).

  • “One of the greatest new Latin American storytellers.” Augusto Roa Bastos

Bibliography

A moving reflection on marriage, love and heartbreak

“I’m watching him sleep, a man who will be my ex-husband starting tomorrow, and will probably never sleep next to me again.” La separación begins the very night Lucía resolves to split up with her husband and face the changes, some painful and others not devoid of humour, that this new life will bring.

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Debut poético de la autora. En el poemario se combinan recursos narrativos tales como el diálogo, que poco a poco evolucionan hacia un mundo onírico evocado a partir de la observación de una mujer por su vecina, a través de la pared medianera que separa los patios de sus casas.

La maestra de canto es una novela que narra, en tres partes que se articulan como tres movimientos de una pieza musical, un tramo en las vidas de una joven pareja de artistas: Ana y Federico. Ella, aspirante a cantante de ópera y él músico en la orquesta Sinfónica. Ana conoce en casa de su maestra de canto, a Úrsula Fuchs, joven bella y enigmática, e inmediatamente queda subyugada por su voz y su talento. A partir de ese día la vida de Ana cambia –y también la su pareja– ya que se inicia una inquietante relación triangular que producirá un viraje definitivo en sus vidas.

Como telón de fondo, la obra de Silvia Arazi nos muestra secretos y desmesuras del mundo de la ópera, sus luces y sombras, a través de la “maestra de canto” Mara Bertollini, una mujer excéntrica y no menos sabia que recorre la historia junto a otros personajes inolvidables: León, un violinista que hace del fracaso su bandera, Mariuccia y Valerio, con su aporte de gracia y de humor, el Maestro Folger, así como la música y la voz, que aparecen como verdaderos protagonistas de la historia. La maestra de canto es sobre todo, una profunda reflexión sobre el misterio del arte, la belleza y el talento.

"La prosa conmovedoramente femenina de Silva Arazi expone una relación de tres personajes para desvelar el lazo íntimo entre la voz y el erotismo, la trama de un deseo que no puede ser poseído sin pérdidas, como el canto de las sirenas." Luciano Lutereau

"... La maestra de canto, una novela notable, durísima y honesta como se pretenden algunas verdades." Sebastián Basualdo, Página 12

" La maestra de canto' una novela honesta, conmovedora, exquisita: el misterio del arte, el abismo de la creación artística, la belleza como espacio/acto de subversión, el talento y el deseo son algunos de sus temas principales." La República (Uruguay), 02/07/17

Una colección de cuentos en los que la autora explora terrenos que oscilan entre lo fantástico y la introspección, con temas tales como la búsqueda del amor perdurable, la necesidad de comunicarse con los otros, las consecuencias de la rutina o la hipocresía que se esconde tras lo que, aparentemente, se presenta como una vida sin sobresaltos.

Novel

A moving reflection on marriage, love and heartbreak

“I’m watching him sleep, a man who will be my ex-husband starting tomorrow, and will probably never sleep next to me again.” La separación begins the very night Lucía resolves to split up with her husband and face the changes, some painful and others not devoid of humour, that this new life will bring.

Ever eclipsed by her older sister, a father hiding an important secret, and an absent, egotistical mother whose existence will take a dramatic turn toward the end of her life, Lucía tells an intimate tale. Her story is interspersed with memories and reminiscences of her childhood, gradually weaving the plot of her biography and revealing her as a daughter and a woman.

 “Silvia Arazi manages to compose in this text the structure of love and indifference, seduction, pride, the remains of love, the reflection of our parents in us, the upbringing of children and the internal changes that occur after a hinge moment.” Revista Kundra

“The narrator, poet and singer Silvia Arazi, dives with exquisite sensitivity in the turbid waters of love wear, incomprehension, family ties, the search for individual paths. […] Arazi renews a song that resembles, but that is never the same, with her personal voice.” Perfil

 “With a clear and engaging prose, Silvia Arazi invites us to be part of the protagonist's daily life, her emotions and her memories. It’s impossible to feel identified with the pain of loss. How to avoid empathy with someone who suffers for something that surely, today or in the future, can be part of our own life? We take Lucia in our heart, and we will remember her when the absence is part of our day to day life.” Tren Insomne

“The separation is a book of a bitter beauty that manages to draw that slow progression of routines that suddenly leave their daily invisibility to become thorny ghosts.”  “If, as they say, the Devil's secret is to convince us of his non-existence, Silvia Arazi’s secret is to convince us that telling stories is very easy.” P. Martínez Burkett, Blog Solo Tempestad

“What is truly extraordinary is the simple way of traversing the pain of the loss that the narrator reveals. At times, her voice has the quality of a caress. In that sense, the epigraph of Katherine Mansfield works as a key, her prose shares with Arazi's an essential feature: the naturalness to speak of the deepest feelings through the moments of the trivial experience of everyday life.” Verónica Boix, La Agenda Revista

 “The Separation is a brave book. Difficult, like processing grief, that no one knows what it truly means. You can turn to new age therapies and ontological coachs for easy answers, but not to writers like Silvia Arazi.” Adela Sánchez, Infobae

Books for children and young readers

El niño de pocas palabras (The Boy of Few Words) is a story of friendship that shows to what extent affection can change our lives, and speaks about the hidden talents we all have inside. The book tells the story of an encounter between two rather different people: a boy named Juan, who barely speaks and is bullied by his schoolmates, and Marko, a reclusive man who comes to town from a faraway land and builds his house high in a tree. The child and the foreigner become friends, and Marko quickly senses a hidden talent in Juan. He ends up becoming his music teacher, as well as his teacher in life. Thanks to Marko, the boy recovers his words and his self-esteem through the love of music.

Illustrated by Agustina Morón.

"Arazi’s greatest merit is having achieved true literary creation, a story that overcomes some prejudices and will challenge any reading committee. Doesn’t a story where a little boy agrees to enter a treehouse built by a foreigner newly arrived in town challenge the most elementary command: do not talk to strangers? It certainly does. However, this is not an obstacle, but rather a device to discuss being different, fears, alienation, solitude, and the lack of communication." Sandra Patricia Rey, Megara Argentina.

 

 

"Mixing the music of the verses, the tinkle and the murmuring of words, Silvia Arazi brings out a secret card: there is a member of the gray and formal cuterly family that isn’t so gray nor so formal. The little one in the family, Little Spoon, desobedient and dreamy, is in love with John Knive, a cheeky dancer that writes love letters. Because love is everywhere, and Silvia Arazi knows it. Love can triumph and make all the colours appear amidst the grayness. How to find this out? Reading The Cutlery Family, and discovering what happens when Little Spoon dreams over and over, and when she finally finds out where the sun had been hidden." Graciela Melgarejo, Noticias Positivas 

With photos by Leticia Fraguela.

Reseña, 'La familia Cubierto: el juego detrás del sonido', La Primera Piedra, 3/11/2017

Non-fiction

Estrés es una palabra que se escucha cada vez más a menudo. Es algo que todos reconocemos y padecemos cada vez con más frecuencia. La causa puede encontrarse en exigencias laborales, enfermedades, pérdidas, temor al futuro, peleas familiares, valores bursátiles que caen en picada, amenaza de pérdida del empleo, miedo a ser rechazados, deseo imperioso de triunfar, necesidad de responder a las expectativas de los otros, temer el juicio ajeno o nuestro propio juicio. Todos hemos terminado algún día agotados, no hemos podido conciliar el sueño o hemos despertado en medio de la noche, todos hemos deseado fervientemente un masaje o unas vacaciones porque decimos sentirnos "estresados". Y si los periodos libres de estrés se vuelven cada vez menos frecuentes, nuestro cuerpo acaba enfermando. Para evitarlo, este Botiquín antiestrés ofrece técnicas de meditación y de respiración, oraciones que propician la gratitud y el perdón, prácticas que invitan a reencontrarse con uno mismo, con el poder personal y la paz interior. 

Prizes

  • 2013 -  Second Prize of the Fondo Nacional de las Artes in Poetry (Argentina) for La medianera. Una novelita haiku
  • 1988 - Premio Julio Cortázar de Narrativa Breve