Alejandro Zambra

Alejandro Zambra is a Chilean writer. He is the author of Bonsai, The Private Lives of Trees, Ways of Going Home, My Documents, Multiple Choice, Not to Read and Chilean Poet. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, Harper’s, Zoetrope, and McSweeney’s, among other places.

Books in (English/Spanish) order of publication:


  • 1998 – Bahía Inútil, poems 1996–1998, Ediciones Stratis, Santiago,
  • 2003 – Mudanza, Santiago, Quid Ediciones.


  • 2006 – Bonsái, Barcelona, Anagrama.
  • 2007 – La vida privada de los árboles, Barcelona, Anagrama.
  • 2011 – Formas de volver a casa, Barcelona, Anagrama.
  • 2014 – Facsímil, Santiago, Hueders; Buenos Aires, Eterna Cadencia (2015); Madrid, Sexto Piso (2015).
  • 2020 – Poeta chileno, Barcelona, Anagrama.

Short stories

  • 2013 – Mis documentos (Anagrama, Barcelona), 11 stories, translated as My documents

Criticism and essays

  • 2010 – No leer, compilation of critiques, Barcelona, Alpha Decay, 2012.
  • 2019 – Tema libre, compilation of short stories, essays, and chronicles, Barcelona, Anagrama.

Movies adaptions

  • Bonsái, 2017
  • Family Life, 2011

English translations

  • Bonsai. Translated by Carolina De Robertis. Melville House Publishing, 2008.
  • The Private Lives of Trees. Translated by Megan McDowell. Open Letter Books, 2010.
  • Ways of Going Home. Translated by Megan McDowell. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
  • My Documents. Translated by Megan McDowell. McSweeney’s, 2015.
  • Multiple Choice. Translated by Megan McDowell. Penguin Books, 2016.
  • Not to read. Translation of No leer by Megan McDowell. London: Fitzcarraldo Editions. 2018.
  • Chilean Poet. Translated by Megan McDowell. Viking Books, 2022.
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