This young author and journalist from Santiago de Chile had the opportunity to paint the simplicity of the Chilean middle class for everyone in his impressive and powerful debut, Camanchaca. It follows the road trip of damaged young man and his family through the Atacama desert, on the way to a dentist to make sure his teeth don’t fall out. Zúñiga uses fewer words than many Latin American literary authors, but this style underlines the atmosphere, silence, and the fog in this book. For this, he doesn’t need so many letters: ”The colour of the sky: orange, and maybe occasionally purple.”
On Friday Diego Zúñiga will share the stage with Gerda Blees, Sytske van Koeveringe, Roelof ten Napel and Fatma Aydemir. On Saturday he will be part of The Chronicles. During The Chronicles his work will be translated by Heleen Oomen.