Eduardo Halfon

Eduardo Halfon

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Eduardo Halfon is a Guatemalan writer. He was born in 1971 in Guatemala City. Descendant of a Jewish family, he spent his childhood in Guatemala, among the virgens and saints of syncretism. After his entire family moved to the United States, he studied Industrial Engineering at North Carolina State University. Upon graduation, he returned to Guatemala and decided to study philosophy, through which he discovered his interest in literature. He worked as a Professor of Literature at the Francisco Marroquín University of Guatemala for eight years. He has published sixteen books, among them Monastery (2014) and Tomorrow We Never Did Talk About It (2011). Halfon is a winner of the XV Café Bretón & Bodegas Olarra Literary Prize and winner of the XIII José María de Pereda prize for Short Novel in 2009. His work has been translated into English, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch and Serbian. The Polish boxer (2008), his first book to appear in English, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection in 2012 and finalist for the International Latino Book Award 2013. The story “Oh, Ghetto My Love” from Halfon’s book Signor Hoffman (2015) has been translated into English and published by Electric Lit Magazine as a recommend reading the same year. In 2007, the Hay Festival and Bogota World Book Capital selected him among the 39 best Latin American writers under 39. In 2011, he received the prestigious Guggenheim Scholarship. Halfon is currently the Harman Writer in Residence at Baruch College in New York and travels frequently between his homes in Nebraska and Guatemala.


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