Emiliano Monge

Emiliano Monge (Mexico, 1978) is a political scientist and writer. He has published the books of short stories Arrastrar esa sombra (2008), short-listed for the Antonin Artaud Prize and La superficie más honda (2017); the novels El cielo árido (2012), winner of the XXVIII Jaen Novel Prize and of the Otras Voces, Otros Ámbitos Prize , Las tierras arrasadas (2015), winner of the Elena Poniatowska Iberoamerican Novel Prize, and No contar todo (2018), as well as the children book Los insectos invisibles (2013). Some of his short-stories have appeared in the anthologies Lo desorden (Alfaguara, 2013) and Mexico20, New Voices, Old Traditions (2015). In 2011 he was recognized by the Guadalajara International Book Fair as one of the 25 most important writers in Latin America, and in 2017 was selected as one of the 39 best Latin American writers under 39 by the Hay Festival in Bogotá. He is a regular contributor to El País newspaper. His works have been translated into several languages. He lives in Mexico City.


Rarely have we witnessed literature like this.
— Miguel Ángel Ángeles, Rolling Stone
Emiliano Monge’s use of grim humour recalls that of works such as Bolaño’s 2666 and McCarthy’s The Crossing.
— Tom Bunstead, Times Literary Supplement
Imagine the possibility of reading a text that joins the silent violence of Cormac McCarthy, the destructive solitude of Malcolm Lowry, the uneasiness of Roberto Bolaño, the icy despair of Juan Carlos Onetti, the sinuous style of Juan Benet and the unbounded ambition of James Joyce.
— Ricardo Baixeras, El Periódico
High voltage writing, so lyrical it should be read out loud.
— Álvaro Enrigue, El Universal


No contar todo
NOVEL, 2018
La superficie más honda
Las tierras arrasadas
NOVEL, 2015
Los insectos invisibles
El cielo árido
NOVEL, 2012
Morirse de memoria
NOVEL, 2009
Arrastrar esa sombra