Listen to novelist Eduardo Halfon (The Polish Boxer, Monastery) discuss Guatemalan politics and protest movements with Linda Wertheimer on NPR Weekend Edition and read more from him about Guatemala in the Guardian.
Read an NPR interview with Eduardo Halfon, then tune in to NPR’s Alt.Latino to hear him spin tunes and talk about Guatemala, Latin American cultural identity, jazz, writing, living in Florida and Nebraska, the influence of Bob Dylan, and much more.
Listen to Eduardo Halfon talk about his life and work on the BBC program The Strand and in these videos from the City of Asylum/Pittsburgh’s “Writer’s Block” series and the UNESCO City of Literature “On the Fly: Writers on Writing” series.
Find out why Eduardo Halfon says he’s “only writing one book, and everything I publish along the way is just part of it” in a Shelf Awareness feature about the different ways Halfon and Andrés Neuman approach the art of fiction.
Find out why Eduardo Halfon writes fiction exclusively in Spanish (via The Believer), the remarkable story behind The Polish Boxer’s path to English publication (via New Spanish Books), and how strange it is to be “Translated from English to English, by Way of Spanish” (via Words Without Borders). Discover more about The Polish Boxer and Eduardo Halfon via interviews with Guernica: A Magazine of Art and Politics, Sampsonia Way, and Untitled Books.
Eduardo Halfon was born in Guatemala City, moved to the United States at the age of ten, went to school in South Florida, studied Industrial Engineering at North Carolina State University, and then returned to Guatemala to teach literature for eight years at Universidad Francisco Marroquín. Named one of the best young Latin American writers by the Hay Festival of Bogotá, he is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the prestigious José María de Pereda Prize for the Short Novel. He has published eleven previous books of fiction in Spanish. The Polish Boxer, his first book to appear in English, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection and finalist for the International Latino Book Award. Halfon is currently the Harman Writer in Residence at Baruch College in New York and travels frequently between his homes in Nebraska and Guatemala.