Carolina De Robertis
Carolina De Robertis is the author of three novels: The Invisible Mountain (2009), Perla (2012), and The Gods of Tango (2015). She also conceived and edited the 2017 anthology Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times, which features essays of resistance by leading thinkers and writers. In 2017, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts named De Robertis on its 100 List of “people, organizations, and movements that are shaping the future of culture.” Her novels have been translated into seventeen languages and have been international bestsellers. The Invisible Mountain received Italy’s Rhegium Julii Prize, and was a finalist for a California Book Award, an International Latino Book Award, and the VCU Cabell First Novel Award. It was also named a Best Book of the Year by Booklist, O – The Oprah Magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle, among others. The Gods of Tango received a Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association, and was named a Best Book of the Year by The San Francisco Chronicle and NBC Latino. De Robertis is the recipient of a 2012 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
De Robertis is also the translator from the Spanish of Bonsai, by Alejandro Zambra (2008), named one of the Ten Best Translated Books of the Year by the journal Three Percent; The Neruda Case, by Roberto Ampuero (2012), a finalist for the Northern California Book Award in Translation; and Against the Inquisition, by Marcos Aguinis (2018). Her literary translations have also appeared in Granta, Zoetrope: All-Story, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. Prior to publishing her first book, De Robertis worked in non-profit organizations for ten years, with a focus on women’s issues, violence prevention, and immigrant rights. A writer of Uruguayan origins, she makes her home in Oakland, California, with her wife and two children.