Alia Trabucco Zerán was born in Chile in 1983. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for her MFA in Creative Writing at New York University and she holds a PhD in Spanish and Latin American Studies from University College London. La Resta (The Remainder), her debut novel, won the prize for Best Unpublished Literary Work awarded by the Chilean Council for the Arts in 2014, and on publication was chosen by El País as one of its top ten debuts of 2015. In 2019 The Remainder was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize.

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  • Read more about The Remainder here.
  • Alia will be attending the Festival of Latin American Women in Arts (FLAWA) in London on the 15th May 2019 where she will be discussing The Remainder. You can find more information about the event here.


Kirkus Review

‘Thanatofiction at its best and a debut that leaves the reader wanting more.’

Michael Eaude
Literary Review

‘Sharp and colourful, contrasting well with her characters’ furious attempts to come to terms with the past … The Remainder is well translated, stimulating and grapples skilfully with a complex subject.'

Katie Da Cunha Lewin
The White Review

'Striking … rendered with impressive fluidity.'

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‘[The Remainder] tells us ... everything about what it is like to grow up in the shadow of other people’s unhappiness.'

Irish Times

'In a notable translation by Sophie Hughes, Zerán’s lyricism and eye for detail shine on the page ... There is plenty to commend in the book’s intentions, and in its elegiac ambitions.'

The Spectator

‘[a] darkly comic road trip … [Trabucco-Zéran’s] spring-heeled prose moves lightly from lyrical to demotic, bawdy to elegiac.'

Times Literary Supplement

'intelligent and immersive … elegaic'

Edmundo Paz Soldán, author and professor of Latin American literature at Cornell University

THE REMAINDER controls a remarkable range of registers (it is, by turns, lyrical, elegiac, sensual, funny, tragic). The author, like her characters, is obsessed with words, those “cracks in language” that house our particular ways of understanding things. This novel is sure to endure.’

Carlos Fonseca

‘A fundamental book about what it means to mourn the past, about the remainders of a history that refuses to be forgotten. This is the debut we all wish we had written. A spirited, brave, urgent book, capable of weaving the political and the poetic.’

Bárbara Pérez
Instrucciones de Uso

The Remainder redefines the political novel . . . The voices in The Remainder are some of the most powerful to have come out of Latin America in the last year.'

Alba Lara
Iowa Literaria

‘A Chilean road trip reveals new ways to think about historical memory.’

Patricia Espinosa
Las Ultimas Noticias

‘One of the best publications of 2015.’

Antonio Skármeta
El Mercurio

‘A triumphant debut.’

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