Death of Sergio Chejfec, the author who saw the world as a “linguistic structure”

Death of Sergio Chejfec, the author who saw the world as a “linguistic structure”

He is 65 years old and has lived in New York since 2005 after a long stay in Caracas. He writes novels, short stories, poetry and essays. He was the benchmark for a generation of writers who experienced the transition from the violent decade of the 1970s to the democratic life of the 1980s.

This Saturday afternoon was announced in New York the death of the Argentine writer Sergio Chejfec, who had been living since 2005 after a long stay in Venezuela between 1990 and 2005. He had recently suffered the obvious physical deterioration of pancreatic cancer . His departure caused sadness and pain in Argentine and Latin American literary circles, and he was much loved.

The author teaches literature courses and seminars in New York University’s Spanish Creative Writing Program, and in Argentina he teaches two master’s programs at the National University of Argentina: Creative Writing ( Untref) and Argentine literature. Rosario (UNR).

Born in Buenos Aires in 1956, Chejfec began publishing in literary journals while working as a bookseller, taxi driver or office worker. In his own words, it is “the comparison of study and life”. In 1990, he moved to Caracas and became the editorial team of Nueva Sociedad, a cultural and social science magazine. Chejfec is headquartered in Venezuela and published the novels Lenta biografía and Moral (1990). Such as The Air (1992), Five (1996), The Call of the Species (1997), The Planets (1999), Boca de lobo (2000), The Unfinished (2004), Baroni: A Journey (2007) later. , Minecraft (2008), Theatrical Experience (2012), and Storyset Lantern Mode (2013).

He has also published poetry collections such as Three Poems and Compassion (2002), Garros and Bones (2003) and the essays El punto vacillante (2005) and Sobre Giannuzzi (2010). His latest books are Latest Reading News (2016), The Visitor (2017), Elevator Theory (2018) and 5 (2019).

Sergio Chejfec was interviewed by the Telam SE agency on the occasion of the release of his book “Elevator Theory”. He assures that “for the writer, the world is a linguistic construction”, referring to the world of texts without genre or linearity, carried by the experience of prose, autobiography and fiction, which allows him to give the work an “installation” impulse. . , as he defines himself.

“The idea is an installation book. The facility is a semi-hidden system that does not represent a single path or hierarchy of rooms. But it is not a folding book or a puzzle, since both refer to the concept of totality. no element around the text; original title, date of publication or writing”, specify the authors.

“It doesn’t bother me -continues the author of books like The Latest Writing News and Flashlight Mode- to exercise this violence, because that’s how they are presented as semi-inorganic units of new books. I don’t mind re-editing the interest, but reviving them in something else, which happens with the desire to rewrite them, expand them, divide them, or shrink them.

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