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Ruins in Reverse

Carlos Fonseca

Translated by Megan McDowell

Carlos Fonseca

Carlos Fonseca (1987) was born in San José, Costa Rica, but spent his teenage years in Puerto Rico. He is the author of the novels Colonel Lágrimas (Coronel Lágrimas) and Natural History (Museo animal), both translated into English by Megan McDowell. He teaches at Trinity College, Cambridge University.

Photograph © Gabriel Piovanetti-Ferrer

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Translated by Megan McDowell

Megan McDowell has translated many of the most important Latin American writers working today, including Samanta Schweblin, Alejandro Zambra, Mariana Enriquez, and Lina Meruane. Her translations have won the English PEN award, the Premio Valle-Inclán, and the Shirley Jackson Prize, and have been short- or long-listed four times for the International Booker Prize, and shortlisted once for the Kirkus Prize. In 2020 she won an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her short story translations have been featured in The New YorkerHarper'sThe Paris ReviewTin HouseMcSweeney’s, and Granta, among others. She lives in Santiago, Chile.

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