The brilliant and provocative debut of a Latin American star of world literature.

Mona is a Peruvian writer based on a Californian campus, open-eyed and sardonic, a connoisseur of marijuana and prescription pills. In the humanities she has discovered she is something of an anthropological curiosity - a female writer of colour treasured for the flourish of rarefied diversity that reflects so well upon her department.

When she is nominated for 'the most important literary award in Europe', Mona sees a chance to escape her sunlit substance abuse and erotic distraction, and leaves for a small village in Sweden. Now she is stuck in the company of her competitors, who arrive from Japan, France, Armenia, Iran and Colombia. The writers do what writers do: exchange flattery, nurse envy and private resentments, stab rivals in the back and go to bed together.

But all the while, Mona keeps stumbling across traces of violence on her body, the origins of which she can't - or won't - remember.

'Mona reads like Rachel Cusk's Kudos on drugs' - The Atlantic

'A wicked satire of the literary elite and an exploration of art and violence' - New Yorker

'A rapturous tour-de-force' - Junot Diaz


ISBN13: 9781788169882
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 192
Edition: Main
Publication Date: 3 Feb 2022
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 20(H) x 13.2(L) x 2.4(W)300
Weight (gm): 300

Author Biography

Pola Oloixarac was born in Buenos Aires in 1977. She is one of the Granta best young Spanish-language novelists. She was awarded the 2021 Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer's Award. Oloixarac is a regular contributor to The New York Times, and her fiction has appeared in Granta, n+1, The White Review and Freeman's. She lives in Barcelona.


'Both a wicked satire of the literary elite and an exploration of art and violence . . . The novel is the kind that Mona imagines writing: 'terrifying, brilliant, and dangerous'.' - The New Yorker

'Oloixarac's wit and ambition are evident on every page. By comparison, most other contemporary fiction seems a little dull and simple-minded.' - Hari Kunzru, author of White Tears

'Sly, bitter, and smart, Mona is at once a satirical comedy, a harrowing psychological portrait of a woman's dissociation, and a philosophical indictment of the hubris of now. Read it and be surprised.' - Siri Hustvedt, author of Memories of the Future

'One of Argentina's most exciting novelists' - Esquire

'Ruthless, very funny' - New York Times

'One of the great writers of the Internet, the only country larger than Argentina' - Joshua Cohen

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