Contemporary El Salvadoran writer and journalist
Horacio Castellanos Moya is a writer and a journalist from El Salvador. For two decades he worked as the editor of news agencies, magazines and newspapers in Mexico, Guatemala and his own country. As a fiction writer, he was granted residencies in a program supported by the Frankfurt International Book Fair (2004-2006) and in the City of Asylum program in Pittsburgh (2006-2008). He has also taught in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2009, he was guest researcher at the University of Tokyo with a fellowship granted by the Japan Foundation. He has published ten novels, five short story collections and a book of essays. His novels have been translated into eleven languages; four of them (Senselessness, The She-Devil in the Mirror, Dance with Snakes, and Tyrant Memory) are available in English. Currently he teaches creative writing and media in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa.
“The only writer of my generation who knows how to narrate the horror, the secret Vietnam that Latin America was for a long time.”
— Roberto Bolaño on Horacio Castellanos Moya
“I recommend Horacio Castellano Moya's fanastic Senselessness, in which a writer takes on the dangerous job of editing a report on military atrocities in an unnamed country. Both a descent into hell and a book about how one becomes human. (Best Books of the Year)”