Ottonello

Pablo Ottonello debuted his literary career in 2015 with Quiero ser artista, published by Tenemos las máquinas (Buenos Aires). His first novel, El verano de los peces muertos, was released last year by Editorial Marciana, and his second novel, Veteranos de la guerra del día, was just published by Entropía. He has had essays and criticism in Rolling StoneBastión digitalAnfibia, and La Agenda, and this spring he completed his M.F.A. in Spanish creative writing at the University of Iowa. He is now working on his Ph.D. in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian studies at the University of Chicago.

Artwork by Ifada Nisa

Artwork by Ifada Nisa

"We didn’t realize it was called depression. It didn’t occur to us her isolation might be dangerous. We just got used to seeing her like that, immobilized by pills, her words slow in coming. We saw nothing out of the ordinary in her always being in her PJs, in her never shaving, or in her armpits smelling sour. Once a day Petrona made her take a shower. Sometimes she was fine with it, and it was like a game. Sometimes she would snap at Petrona and, suddenly switched on again, would shower on her own, as though she’d regained her health and energy. "

Read "Amalia," and listen to Pablo read an excerpt in Spanish, in Asymptote