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Reading Comprehension: Text No. 2

Alejandro Zambra

Translated by Megan McDowell

‘Which of the following famous phrases best reflects the meaning of the text?’

Alejandro Zambra

Alejandro Zambra was born in Santiago, Chile in 1975. He is the author of two books of poems, Bahía Inútil and Mudanza; a collection of essays, No leer; and three novels, Bonsái, which was awarded a Chilean Critics Award for best novel, The Private Lives of Trees, and Ways of Going Home, which was awarded the Altazor Prize, selected by The National Book Council as the best Chilean novel published during 2012, and won an English Pen Award. He was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists and was elected to the Bogotá39 list.

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Translated by Megan McDowell

MEGAN MCDOWELL is a Spanish language translator whose work has been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. She has translated books by Alejandro Zambra, Samanta Schweblin, Gonzalo Torné, Lina Meruane, Carlos Busqued, and Mariana Enriquez. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the ParisReview, Harper's, TinHouse, and McSweeney's. She lives in Chile.

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