Pablo Simonetti

CHILE, 1961

He holds a degree in civil engineering, but beginning in 1996, he dedicated his energies exclusively to literature. All his short stories were gathered in the collection published as Vidas vulnerables (Vulnerable Lives) (1999), which was awarded honorable mention for the Santiago de Chile City Prize. His three novels Madre que estás en los cielos (Mother Who art in Heaven), La razón de los amantes (The Reason of Lovers) and La barrera del pudor (My Personal Boundaries) have met with both critical and popular acclaim.

A sharp observer of relationships, its lights and shadows.

“The first time I read one of his stories I did it out of curiosity

and couldn’t put it down until the final page. It had been a long time

since I read such well-narrated stories by a Chilean writer.”

Roberto Bolaño


“Simonetti cultivates words masterfully: where previously

there was silence and aridity sprouts the most moving flowers.”

Jaime Bayly

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By Pablo Simonetti

  • The Men I Never Was

    NOVEL, 2021

    «That world of beautiful, tyrannical, deeply flawed form, of set rules that could sometimes be fatal, was disappearing before my very eyes.» Staying at a flat where he lived...

  • Natural Disasters

    NOVEL, 2017

    The memory of a trip to the south - in the turbulent early seventies in Chile - becomes a key fragment in the construction of Marco's past and identity: it was the only time he ever felt close to...

  • Garden

    NOVEL, 2014

    Having received a huge offer for her house, Luisa Barbaglia, a seventy-six year old widow, is faced with a decision that will have unsuspected consequences. Each of her three...

  • The Pride of Youth

    NOVEL, 2013.

    Felipe Selden is a young charismatic man. Most of the people he meets find him attractive. However, family and social demands, plus his immaturity, lead him to take decisions that make him...

  • My Personal Boundaries

    NOVEL, 2009

    Amelia, a renowned landscape painter, retires to her seaside house to recover from her separation after thirteen years of marriage to Ezequiel, a literary critic. Various visits throughout the...

  • The Reason of Lovers

    NOVEL, 2007

    The tranquility of a young married couple is disrupted when Diego Lira, a lawyer and owner of an Internet newspaper, enters their life. Anxious to break their normal routine, they throw themselves...

  • Mother, You Who Are in Heaven

    NOVEL, 2004

    At seventy-seven years old, Julia Bartolini discovers that she has a mortal illness. Taking everyone by surprise, she decides not to receive treatment that could postpone the end for a few...

  • Vulnerable Lives


    Forbidden loves, broken lives, people tied up to their fragile consciences:Fabrizio Cardini, Claudio Álamos, Arturo Bossard, Videncio Fuentes... Every single one of the characters in this...

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