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Pola Oloixarac

Pola Oloixarac - foto Denise Giovanelli
Pola Oloixarac - foto Denise Giovanelli

(Argentina, 1977) writes fiction and essays and is a translator and blogger. She studied philosophy at the university in Buenos Aires and was selected in 2010 as one of the best young Spanish-language authors by Granta magazine. Her books often tackle themes such as fear and violence, war, sex, eroticism, drug use and philosophy. Her debut, Las teorías salvajes (2008; English translation Savage Theories), is an extreme and satirical portrait of the Buenos Aires university bubble in which complex personalities wrangle with a mess of visionary theories, seeking their place in the fragmented digital world. Las constelaciones oscuras (Dark Constellations, 2015) is a novel that races from the era of 19th-century science to an ultra-surveilled near future. In Mona (2019), success takes a dark turn for a young Latin American woman during a literary festival in Sweden. The novel employs gothic elements to deal with sexuality, sensuality and violence against women, with dead animals and mysterious men in black making appearances.

(WN 2022)

Archive available for: Pola Oloixarac

  • Winternachten 2022

    Phantom Voices

    With: Corinne Heyrman, Pola Oloixarac, Vampire Boyfriend, Yentl van Stokkum

    The spirits visit us during this afternoon at PIP! Will you come too? A literary haunted house in bright daylight, where you can enjoy poetry, literature and music to your heart's content. During this Winternachten event, you will see and hear the complete spectrum of modern, feminist horror, haunted stories and poetry in one Saturday afternoon. You'll hear poetry by Yentl van Stokkum (from her spooky volume Ik zeg Emily); Corinne Heyrman performs the experience of psychosis via music and text; and Argentinian writer Pola Oloixarac, whose novel Mona delightfully satirizes the literary world, reads some wonderfully gruesome literature. The Dutch/Flemish band Vampire Boyfriend joins sweetness and darkness in self-assured, frayed songs.

    Ticket: €11, including a spooky cocktail
    Or buy a combination ticket (€17,50) for this event and When did it all go terribly wrong?, the film discussion with Pola Oloixarac.

    English and Dutch spoken.

  • Winternachten 2022

    When did it all go terribly wrong? Or did it?

    With: Gerlinda Heywegen, Pola Oloixarac

    Mona, by Argentinian author Pola Oloixarac, reads almost like a film. The book pokes fun at the literary in-crowd, is both feminist and violent, and at times deeply weird... Festival programmer and film editor Gerlinda Heywegen did a deep dive into Mona and sought out film clips that connect, challenge and clash. By watching and discussing these clips with Oloixarac, the funny, cynical universe of protagonist Mona comes to life. Is this at all comfortable? Not likely! But certainly it will be exciting. Come to PIP and get to know Mona in word and image!

    English spoken.

  • Winternachten 2022 – Friday Night Unlimited

    This House is Haunted

    Magnificent literary nightmares from Latin America - with Pola Oloixarac, Agustina Bazterrica, Yentl van Stokkum & Elfie Tromp (moderator)

    Dreamy jungle villages, the mysterious mazes of Borges and the tender poetry of Pablo Neruda - that is how we know "traditional" Latin-American literature. But in recent years a new generation of (primarily) female writers has emerged that requires a different, darker imagery to describe its (political) realities. In the new, encroaching magic realism of these authors, you won't find dreamy mazes but ghosts, voodoo, blood and horror. Gothic and horror elements are used by these writeres to strengthen stories and drag readers into the depths. What does this genre offer writers, and how does it affect readers?

    During this event, we talk to writers who bring nightmares to life in brilliant, literary ways. Argentinian authors Pola Oloixarac and Agustina Bazterrica are invited. Oloixarac's work sketches a reality that doesn't quite make sense with subtle, eerie imagery, and in her book Tender Is the Flesh, Bazterrica depicts a blood-curdling world in which cannibalism has become the norm. Writer and poet Yentl van Stokkum wrote a haunted summer poem especially for this event and will perform it live. Author and enthusiastic horror fan Elfie Tromp moderates the event. Walid Ben Salim, half of the musical duo N3rdistan, will also be there: he and Pola Oloixarac will bring a musical performance about which we cannot say too much yet, except that you don't want to miss it!

    English spoken.

    Not familiar with the work of these two Argentinian literary sharpshooters? Some reading tips for those who want to familiarize themselves:

    • Mona by Pola Oloixarac
    • Savage Theories by Pola Oloixarac
    • Dark Constellations by Pola Oloixarac
    • Tender Is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica
  • Winternachten 2022 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Whose House is This?

    A literary relay with Rachel Cusk, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Neske Beks, Aafke Romeijn, Rebecca Solnit (online), Robin Block, Pola Oloixarac et al.

    Whose House is This? is Winternachten 2022's festival theme. In this event, we present an exciting relay of readings and music, in which our festival authors put their own spin on the theme. Together they breathe new life into the house of family, society and literature.

    All angles of the four-day Winternachten Festival are covered in Whose House is This? during a colourful parade of authors and performers. Various voices give completely different answers to the great question underlying the festival. Come and listen to stories about being at home, to critical stories about the institutions to which we are subject, to cozy stories built on a solid foundation, and much more.

    So as not to miss anything, we recommend that you experience this event from start to finish. But we can already give you some hints: author and artist Neske Beks gets her teeth into our theme (and the question is what will be left over); author Pola Oloixarac lets us in on the fun of Mona, a parody of the literary world; multitalent Aafke Romeijn treats us to music; and writer and activist Rebecca Solnit (Men Explain Things to Me) will come home to us on the podium all the way from the United States. Hang up your coat, kick off your shoes and get carried away by these and many other writers and artists!

    English spoken.