Inés Fernández Moreno was born in Buenos Aires in 1947.
The granddaughter and daughter of famous poets, she has worked until 2002 in advertising and direct marketing. Back in Buenos Aires after three years spent in Spain, she now writes for magazines and for newspaper La Nación, and gives creative writing classes. One of the best short-story writers in Argentina today, published in many anthologies, she has won several prestigious awards in Argentina and in Spain.
El cielo no existe
Alfaguara, 2013. 256 p.
Cala, a fifty-year-old unmarried journalist, Cala suddenly finds herself in charge of a baby. Sabrina – the girl who takes care of her authoritarian old mother – literally dumped it upon her before vanishing into thin air. With an unstable life but an always renewed spirit, Cala takes care of the baby while she starts looking for Sabrina, just as her old high-school love shows up out of the blue.
With Buenos Aires as a disconcerting backdrop, where poverty and frivolousness live alongside, this middle-class woman will be confronted with a harsh world which imposes upon her its daily presence: prostitution, human trade and drugs, poverty, dilapidated hospitals, suburban slums.
Inés Fernández Moreno shows once again an unmistakable skill for creating endearing characters, and for addressing the most awkward situations with humour and bewildered irony. A real page-turner with a bittersweet happy ending, El Cielo no existe is a wonderful sociological comedy combined with a thriller.
Rights sold: France (Ed. JC Lattès)
La última vez que maté a mi madre (Last Time I Killed My Mother).
Alfaguara, 1999, 300 p.
Lina and Tomás belong to a generation that has been wiped out by the dictatorship of the 70’s and early 80’s. Lina struggles in a complicated relationship with a very neurotic and cruel mother. Tomás – the son of German Jews who fled Nazi Germany and immigrated to Argentina – is now living in Brazil and is back in Buenos Aires for just few days. Although they have not met, they are deeply connected to each other. The possible encounter – much expected but always postponed – between the two maintains the suspense until the finale. It is a moving, engrossing story, wonderfully written and spiced with sharp-witted humor.
Rights sold: Italy (Avagliano)
La Profesora de Español
(Alfaguara, 2005, 258 p.) An Argentinean woman moves to Spain as a result of the economic crisis Argentina suffered in 2001 and gets a job, teaching Spanish to foreigners. A wonderful story about exile and adjustment, as well as a subtle into the cultural and language differences between Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries.
Hombres como médanos (Men Are Like Sand Dunes)
Short stories (Alfaguara 2006, 315 p.). Ranging from the humorous to the absurd, from intimate realism to telltale fantasies, these stories are about men and women who try to transcend the boundaries of their day-to-day lives.
Short tories (Alfaguara, 2009, 192 p.) A wonderful collection of short stories in which political activism, the military violence of the last dictatorship, the 2001 crisis are mere backdrops. In the foreground are always the rich details of individual lives portrayed with humor as if by a passionate collector.