Mario Levrero


Mario Levrero was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1940 and died there in 2004. In his lifetime he wrote 12 novels and several short story collections and it was not long before he gained cult status amongst readers in Uruguay and Argentina, despite keeping a low profile. He has inspired Latin American writers such as Rodolfo Fogwill, César Aira and Alejandro Zambra. In 2000 he was awarded the Guggenheim grant that allowed him to complete work on La novela luminosa (published posthumously).


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Revista Eñe on Levrero

‘Mario Levrero is the great discovery of the century for Latin American literature.’

Granta on Levrero

‘Levrero is an author who challenges the canonical idea of Latin American literature. If you really want to complete the puzzle of our tradition, you must read him.’

Enrique Fogwill on Levrero

‘Mario Levrero is a genius.’

Antonio Muñoz Molina on Levrero

‘Style and imagination like Levrero’s are rare in Spanish-language literature.’

El Pais on Levrero

‘Levrero is Kafka’s ‘everyday’ flip side, a shadow of Camus with a comical take.’

Alejandro Zambra

‘A lighthearted wisdom beats in every sentence of Empty Words, a little masterpiece by Mario Levrero, who is, to me, one of the funniest and most influential writers of recent times. This book might change your life, or at least your handwriting.’

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