Eduardo Berti was born in Buenos Aires in 1964. He was admitted as a member of theprestigious and influential Oulipo in 2014, becoming the group’s first Latin American writer. His first work of fiction, Los pájaros, was praised by critics and won a Grant Award from Cultura Magazine. This was followed by two major novels: Agua and La mujer de Wakefield, a feminist twist on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Wakefield. La mujer de Wakefield was selected for the Rómulo Gallegos Prize in Venezuela and short-listed for the prestigious Prix Fémina for Best Foreign Book in France. In 1998, Berti moved to Paris where he worked as a cultural journalist, media correspondent, and scriptwriter, in addition to teaching courses in writing. In 2002, he published La vida imposible, whose translation into French received the Libralire-Fernando Aguirre Prize. Two years later, he published Todos los Funes, with which he won the esteemed Premio Herralde. In recent years, Berti has continued his original work while translating authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Gustave Flaubert, and Elizabeth Bowen into Spanish. In 2011, he won the Emecé Prize and the Las Américas Prize for The Imagined Land. He currently lives in Bordeaux.
The Imagined Land
“One of the most original and talented novelists writing in Spanish today.” — Alberto Manguel
With sensuous imagery and musical cadence, renowned Oulipian Eduardo Berti conjures an exquisite, star-crossed love story in pre-revolutionary China. The desires of a young girl, visited in her dreams by her grandmother’s ghost, clash with the strict expectations of her parents, exploring the delicate balance between modernity and tradition, mysticism and memory.