Marcelo Simonetti loves cooking, photography and football. He is a writer, who over the years has known how to play like a master within the fields of adult narrative and children's and young people's literature. He ventures into the world of letters with a mid-field goal; in 1999 he won the oldest Hispanic story competition: La Felguera (Asturias, Spain) with his tale “El Umbral” (“The Doorway”). He later won the Municipal de Santiago award (Chile, 2003), Casa de América (Spain, 2005), Best Literary Works (Chile, 2014), Marta Brunet (2019) and the National Dramaturgy Show (2019).
As a journalist he has cultivated report and chronicle genres. He has also uses football as a window from where to look at the world by writing sport articles. Started writting children’s literature in 2013 with Tito, a novel whose English version was published in 2017.
The poetry in his texts, an overflowing imagination and the humanity that seeps through his stories, have positioned him into a vital and necessary writer of our times.
Once upon a time there was a whale who imagined herself strolling under a colorful umbrella in winter mornings and climbing apricot trees in summer evenings.
This was a whale that whenever sadness came for a visit, she imagined she played the double bass in an orchestra and moved to the sound of rumba, mambo and chachachá, until music soaked everything else, carrying away all sadness and suffering.
The Whale Who Imagined addresses topics such as tolerance, the right to be different and the power of imagination, based on a story in which a young whale imagines things that not all whales imagine. Although the other whales will see in her difference a danger, she will not renounce to her imagination which will be at the same time refuge and hope for a better world.
The book possesses an innovative interior look created through laser cut which allows to see through its pages, forming different layers as if we were at the bottom of the sea.
“The sky was covered with grey clouds. The drizzle was lighter than normal, almost pious. The Japanese were advancing through the streets with short, fast steps. Satoru was ahead of them. He pedaled at a good pace. From his bicycle seat, the city revealed itself to his eyes as a sequence of frames. It was strange to be there, in his grandfather's city, and to ride through it as he had probably never done before: on two wheels. Even so, the possibility that the route he was taking would intersect with the routes that his grandfather had taken when he was a child, provoked an intimate emotion in him. Those landscapes were over eighty years old, including an atomic bomb, but it was the land where Ryu Nakata had learned to walk, to speak, to read”.
The death of his grandfather, awakens in the young Yasuhiro Nakata the desire to know the family history, especially after finding a letter in which he discovers another side of the old man whose last words were: 'Hiroshima, Hiroshima', warning of the existence of a secret.
As a result, Yasuhiro embarks on a journey that will take him from Valparaiso to Hiroshima, where his grandfather emigrated ten years before the atomic disaster. This is the beginning of Drawings of Hiroshima— a charming story that allows readers to follow the protagonist on a journey in which he not only reconnects with his Japanese origins, but also questions his present, his interpersonal relationships and his interest in writing, deepening the unconscious desire to understand the role that he plays in a story that is not his own but yet challenges him directly.
With this new release, Marcelo Simonetti addresses issues such as migration and identity, connecting the historic Chilean port of Valparaiso with the memory of the tragedy occured in the Japanese city.
When Jorge Luis Borges dies, in 1986, Emilia Forch convinces a mediocre actor but famous for his interpretation of the Argentine writer, that he is the real Jorge Luis Borges. This new Borges decides to join the adventure and assumes the role completely. Both leave Chile and settle in Buenos Aires to convince everyone that Borges is still alive. The success of the farce and the love that arises between them will be threatened by the presence of Antonio Libur, Chilean plagiarist writer who travels to the Argentine capital to recover his old girlfriend, Emilia.
The story takes place against the backdrop of an Argentina convulsed by the conquest of the FIFA World Cup by Diego Armando Maradona.
The Borges' Treason is a novel about the fictions we build our lives with, also addressing, not without humor, the issue of the overwhelming cultural relevance of the great Argentine figures (Borges, Maradona ...) on a neighboring country like Chile.
A master in the creation of flesh and blood characters, who at the same time show their small human weaknesses, Marcelo Simonetti dazzled the jury of the Casa de América Award with this novel.