June 15th, 2015

Claudia Salazar Jiménez, the first Peruvian author to join Pontas

We are very excited to announce that Peruvian writer Claudia Salazar Jiménez has joined Pontas, becoming the second Latin American author in our clients list.

La sangre de la aurora 3 prensaClaudia Salazar Jiménez was born in Lima, Perú, in 1976, and she is currently based in New York. She studied Literature in the National University of San Marcos. She’s PHD in Literature in NYU. Besides being a writer, she’s a literary critic and cultural manager. She’s the founder and director of PERUFEST, the first Peruvian cinema festival in New York. Her short stories have appeared in several online publications and in international antologies, and her debut novel, Blood of the Dawn was awarded the Americas Narrative Prize in 2014.

Blood of the Dawn tells the fate of three women, which intertwine and are ripped apart during what’s known by “the time of fear” in Peruvian history. The novel rewrites the armed conflict in the voice of women, that mixes politics, desire and pain with a lucid and brutal prose. Salazar activates our memories through visual and narrative references that hit us by reading the personal stories of these three women. The social trauma of Peru is full of personal tragedies: Salazar’s characters may be fiction, but the pain they all go through is completely real. Blood of the Dawn is a beautiful novel and, at the same time, an example of what art can do to help us not to forget.