Ana María Shua, Queen of the Microstory

Ana María Shua (born 1951) is among the best-­known Argentinian writers, and has published more than 80 literary works in various genres. She is most distinguished by her ‘microstories’ – very short stories in prose that offer only a glimpse into the characters’ lives. Her work in this genre has earned her the title ‘Queen of the Microstory’, and she has received many awards. Her microstory collections include Casa de Geishas (1992), Quick Fix (2008) and Fenómenos de Circo (2011).

Ana Maria Shua en alta 2014-IMG_2086

Ana María Shua

In fall 2015, a hundred of Shua’s microstories will be published in Icelandic with translations by Kristín Guðrún Jónsdóttir. Many of her stories have already appeared in the Icelandic literary magazine Stína. Her writing has been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch and Swedish.

Microstories evoke strong feelings and thoughts in the reader through sharp glimpses into other worlds. The genre is well known in Iceland – last Christmas the Icelandic writer Gyrðir Elíasson published a collection of very short fiction called “Lungnafiskarnir”, which contained exactly one hundred microstories.

Panel: Telling Big Stories with Few Words & Ana María Shua: Microfiction in Latin America