Today practically everything can be defined. It’s a good thing for there to be a little novel that can’t be defined.
Iosi Havilio was born in Buenos Aires in 1974. Open Door (published by And Other Stories, 2011) was his first novel. He has become a cult author in Argentina after Open Door was highly praised by the outspoken and influential writer Rodolfo Fogwill and by the most influential Argentine critic, Beatriz Sarlo. Paradises (And Other Stories, 2013) is his highly-anticipated third novel.
- Read more about Paradises in the book section.
- Read Iosi Havilio’s intriguing interview in Latineos (in English).
- Iosi Havilio regularly comes to the UK. Join our mailing list to know when. See him reading on 3rd March (Jewish Book Week) and 4th March (Faber Social).
- If you subscribe to And Other Stories, you will receive the first edition of the book – in which you are thanked by name – before its official publication, as well as up to 5 other And Other Stories titles per year. Find out more here.
- Read more about Open Door in the book section.
- Open Door was read in the And Other Stories Spanish-language Reading Group summer 2010, after being suggested by Paula Porroni.
- Iosi Havilio regularly travels to the UK for readings. Join our mailing list to find out more information.
- If you had subscribed to And Other Stories before Open Door‘s publication, you would have received one of the first copies of it, in which all subscribers are thanked by name. Find out about subscribing to upcoming titles here.
Praise for Iosi Havilio
- ‘Look out for Open Door by the much-praised Iosi Havilio.’ Boyd Tonkin, The Independent
- ‘Iosi Havilio’s remarkable first novel brings news of an intriguing world’ Martin Schifino, The Independent
- ‘With minimalist beauty and exquisite strangeness, Iosi Havilio offers a mesmerising addition to the literature of solitude.’ Chloe Aridjis
- ‘An ambiguous tale that verges on dark comedy … With skill and subtlety, the novel hints that a whole society might labour under an illusion of liberty.’ The Economist
- ‘Deliberately unshowy, so that plot twists can unfold in the quietest ways.’ Fatema Ahmed, Prospect
- ‘There is a lot of sex and violence in Open Door, but it is never gratuitous. … You have in your hands a masterpiece.’ Oscar Guardiola-Rivera
- ‘A moving and highly original novel. A good translation is one that convinces as a work in its own right. That is what we get here.’ Margaret Jull Costa, In Other Words (journal of the British Centre for Literary Translation)
- ‘Havilio handles the narrator’s listlessness with remarkable dexterity and maintains the reader’s attention throughout … a novel which will flourish under many re-readings.’ Annabella Massey, Cadaverine
- ‘Open Door really surprised me, it doesn’t obey any of the laws of reading, it feels like it sprang out of nowhere.’ Beatriz Sarlo, Perfil
- ‘Open Door is not a choral novel but a series of solitary songs sung in intimate keys. It contains a tale to mull over, a story not easy to forget.’ El País
- ‘Open Door is a confusing, bewildering, riveting book; a paen, of sorts, to both the pursuit of solitude and the futility of that pursuit.’ Eleutherophobia