Fernanda Trías is an Uruguayan writer. She was born in Montevideo in 1976. She is the author of three novels and two short story collections. In 2004 she won a Unesco scholarship to write in Camac, an artists’ residence in Marnay-sur-Seine. She lived for five years in the medieval village of Provins and a few months in London. She spent one year in Berlin and two years in Buenos Aires. Tríase earned a master’s degree in creative writing from New York University and was disciple of the Uruguayan writer Mario Levrero. She integrated anthologies of new narrative in Colombia, the United States, Uruguay, Peru, Germany (Neues vom Fluss: Junge Literatur aus Argentinien, Uruguay und Paraguay, 2010) and England (Uruguayan Women Writers, 2012). Her novel La azotea (2001) was selected among the best books of the year by the El País Cultural Supplement, and won the third prize of edited narrative of the Uruguayan National Literature Prize (2002). In 2006 she received the BankBoston Foundation Prize for National Culture.
Juan Carlos Onetti was born in Montevideo in 1909. He is considered one of the greatest Spanish writers of the 20th century. Onetti published sixteen novels and eight collections of short stories between 1939-1993. He lived in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, until 1974, after Uruguayan dictatorship hospitalized him in a mental institution for three months. He subsequently left the country and resettled in Spain. Onetti won the Cervantes Prize for Literature in 1980 and was nominated for a Nobel Prize in Literature. He died in Madrid in 1994. Onetti never received widespread recognition such as Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel García Márquez or Carlos Fuentes, however many readers and critics consider him one of the great modernists in the Spanish language.
Vera Giaconi was born in 1974 in Montevideo, Uruguay, but has lived her entire life in Buenos Aires. For the past 13 years, she has been working as a freelance editor for various magazines and publishing houses in Argentina. She also teaches creative writing. Her first book, Carne viva (Raw Flesh), was published in 2011. Her new short story collection, Seres queridos (Loved Ones) was published in 2016 and was amongst the five finalists of the international literary award Ribera del Duero.
Horacio Quiroga (1878-1937) was an Uruguayan playwright, poet, nd short-story writer, considered to be the father of the Latin American short story. Quiroga was a well-known writer and many of his books were popular during his lifetime. Quiroga’s life was plagued with tragedies, suicides, and early deaths. His father died in a hunting accident when Quiroga was one year old and in 1901 he accidentally killed his best friend. His first wife killed herself and in 1937 he himself put an end to his life, after being diagnosed with cancer. His most famous stories take place in the jungles of Misiones and depict man’s impotence against nature’s violent horror. During his entire life, Quiroga was attracted again and again to the jungle and lived in Misiones long periods of time. Quiroga recognized Edgar Allen Poe as a major influence on his work, as well as writers such as Guy de Maupassant and Rudyard Kipling.