Federico Andahazi – Biography of Federico Andahazi

The writer and psychologist Federico Andahazi He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on June 6, 1963, the son of the Hungarian poet and psychoanalyst Bela Andahazi, and Juana Merlin.

He obtained a degree in Psychology from the University of Buenos Aires; he practiced psychoanalysis for some years, while working on his short stories.

His books have been translated into many languages. In the United States, it has been published by Doubleday, in England by Transworld, in France by Laffont, in Italy by Frassinelli, in China by China Times, in Japan by Kadokawa, in Germany by Krüger and by editorials in other countries.

He gave lectures at the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences of the University of Moscow, Russia, and at the University of Santos Ossa in Antofagasta, Chile. He also gave talks in Stockholm, London, Paris, Istanbul, and other cities in Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

Andahazi He participated in literary congresses in France, Finland and in several cities in Spain, among others. He was invited to book fairs in Guadalajara, Moscow, Pula, Istanbul, Madrid, Barcelona and Buenos Aires and most of the cities of Argentina.

He has written articles published by the newspapers Clarín, La Nación, Perfil, Noticias, Veintitrés, Lamujerdemivida, Brando, V de Vian and others in Argentina, the United States, Portugal and Colombia.

In 1996 Andahazi won the First Prize of the Second Biennial of Young Art of the City of Buenos Aires with his story “Merciful souls“. The same year he received the First Prize of the Annual Contest from the People with his story”The dream of the righteous“.

Towards the end of 1996, he received the CAMED Award for the short story Custom made.

In 1996, while Andahazi was a finalist in the Planeta Awards, his novel The anatomist won the First Prize of the Fortabat Foundation. However, the mentor and financial supporter of the contest, María Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, announced her “disagreement” with the jury’s decision, through a request published in most of the Buenos Aires newspapers, in which she stated that the novel “did not contribute to the [exaltación] of the highest values ​​of the human spirit “.

The Foundation respected and implemented the jury’s decision, which included María Angélica Bosco, Raúl Castagnino, José María Castiñeira de Dios, María Granata and Eduardo Gudiño Kieffer, but the jury was later fired by Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat and the literary competitions organized by the Fortabat Foundation were not re-celebrated.

The anatomist It was published by Editorial Planeta in 1997, translated into more than thirty languages, and has sold millions of copies worldwide.

His second novel, The pious, was published in 1998.

In 1998, the publishing house Temas published a small volume with some of the short stories entitled The tree of temptations. There are three short stories that begin in the same way and are set in similar settings (19th century Argentina).
In 2000 he published Prince and in 2002, The secret of the flamingos.

Wandering in the shade it was published in 2004; Andahazi he wrote more than forty tangos for this story, in which one of the characters is the singer Carlos Gardel.

During the summer of 2005, Andahazi and his readers collectively wrote a series of newspapers called End of the world maps, published by Diario Clarín.

The author wrote the beginning of a text, giving the readers the place to continue the story, creating characters, proposing plots, solving puzzles, to be sent by email. Therefore, in unprecedented work, reading and answering thousands of emails per week, Andahazi he built the story with the various contributions and points of view. Every Saturday a new chapter was added to the novel, increasing the participation and expectation of readers who became co-authors.

The novel The city of heretics it was also published in 2005.