Fernando Butazzoni

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Fernando Butazzoni
Butazzoni en 2015.jpg
Born 1953 (age 64–65)
Nationality Uruguayan
Notable work
Slave of God, El profeta imperfecto, Las cenizas del Condor
Movement Novel, journalism

Fernando Butazzoni (born 1953) is a Uruguayan novelist and journalist. Translated into a dozen languages, is winner of many international awards for literature and cinema. In 1979, at the age of 25, he won the Casa de las Américas Literature Award.[1] The Mexican writer and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga described this work as "A pretty fucking powerful look at the relationship between life and death"[2]

His first novel (The open night) was awarded by the Confederation of Universities of Central America with the Latin American Narrative Award EDUCA, in 1981. His works have been translated into English,[3] French,[4] Portuguese, Swedish, Italian,[5] Rumanian[6] Russian[7] and others languages.

In the Columbia Guide to the Latin America Novel... (2007)Raymond Williams wrote about is novel Prince of death: "Is a vast historical work set in nineteenth century". And Alexandra Falek, in her thesis The Fiction of Afterwards(New York University, 2007) enphasized that the Butazzoni's work is "an example of testimonial fiction".[8]

In 2009, director José Ramón Novoa filmed his novel “A distant place”.[9] The film was starring Erich Wildpret and Marcela Kloosterboer.

In 2013 the film God's Slave, written by Fernando Butazzoni, directed by Joel Novoa, have won several international film awards (in Huelva, Santa Barbara,[10] Lleida, among others).[11] The film was described as riveting by Anath White in Roger Ebert site[12]

In 2014, Planeta Group publish “Ashes of Condor”, an extensive report about terrorism in Latin America. The Uruguayan Book Chamber granted the Bartolomé Hidalgo Award 2014 during the International Book Fair in Montevideo.[13]

In 2016, Mario Vargas Llosa put the book Ashes of Condor on the short list of his Hispano-American Bienal,[14] and Casa de las Américas granted the book with the José María Arguedas Award.


  • Los días de nuestra sangre (short stories), 1979.
  • La noche abierta (novel) 1981. ( ISBN 84-8360-255-5)
  • Con el ejército de Sandino (chronic), 1983.
  • El tigre y la nieve (novel), 1986. ( ISBN 9974-95-080-5)
  • Nicaragua: news of war (chronic), 1986.
  • Dance of the Lost (novel), 1987.
  • Prince of Death (novel), 1997. ( ISBN 950-731-173-4)
  • Lautréamont Kingdom (essay), 2004. ( ISBN 950-731-437-7)
  • Imperfect Prophet (novel), 2009. ( ISBN 978-9974-643-29-1)
  • A distant place (novel), 2009. ( ISBN 978-9974-643-82-6)
  • Las cenizas del Cóndor (novel), 2014. ( ISBN 978-9974-700-65-9)
  • La vida y los papeles (Chronic), 2016. ( ISBN 978-9974-737-23-5)
  • Una historia americana (novel); 2017 ( ISBN 978-9974-881-16-7)

Filmography (as writer)

  • Seregni-Rosencof (2002)
  • A distant place (2010, Avalon-Alpeh-Joel Films)
  • God' Slave (2013, Joel Films)
  • Solo (2014, Unity Films)
  • Tamara (2016, Unity Films, Joel Films)


  1. ^ "The Columbia Guide to the Latin American Novel Since 1945, by Raymond Williams, Columbia University Press, 2007".
  2. ^ "Guillermo Arriaga in Bomb Magazine, 76, New York, Summer 2001".
  3. ^ "The most beloved..."
  4. ^ Bibliotheque de Bordeaux. "Le tigre et la niege".
  5. ^ Reviste Universitá di Milano. "Elogio dei regni imaginari".
  6. ^ Picu, Hora. ""La căderea nopţii" de Fernando Butazzoni".
  7. ^ металл, нас много, trad. de Yuri Vannikov, edited by Joven Guardia, Moscow, 1986
  8. ^ "The fiction of afterwards: 'Mnemonic manifestations' in cultural works from Uruguay (1995--2005)".
  9. ^ "The International Movie Database".
  10. ^ "God's Slave in Santa Barbara".
  11. ^ "Esclavo de Dios se estrena con polémica incluida". El Universal. June 30, 2013. Retrieved June 4, 2014. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Nice work if you can get it".
  13. ^ El País (April 6, 2014). "Las cenizas del Cóndor al cine". Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  14. ^ http://www.uypress.net/auc.aspx?66329

External links

  • Official Website
  • Fernando Butazzoni on IMDb
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