Guadalupe Nettel Interview: On the Moon


“We Mexicans, when we see the Moon, we see a rabbit there.” Enjoy this video with the prizewinning Mexican writer Guadalupe Nettel, who talks about the Moon as our ultimate reference point, and explains how an old tale inspired the common Mexican perception of it.

The Moon, Nettel feels, also represents the unconscious and the intuitive side of a human being, and in her books, it is the ultimate reference point: “Without the moon, we would be lost.” She considers herself very affected by the Moon and argues that this is also due to our body’s high percentage of water – our body is affected in the same way that water is swept by the moon’s magnetism.

Guadalupe Nettel (b. 1973) is a Mexican writer, who has been compared to “an alien sun shining down upon our world” by her colleague Valeria Luiselli, and who was voted one of thirty-nine most important Latin American writers under the age of thirty-nine at the Bogotá Hay Festival in 2006. Nettel has published in several genres, both fiction and non-fiction, and her collection of short stories ‘Natural Histories’ (2014) (El Matrimonio de los peces rojos, 2013) won the prestigious Premio Internacional de Narrativa Breve Ribera del Duero. In 2014, she won the Premio Herralde for her novel ‘After the Winter’ (2014) (Después del inverno, 2014). Her novel ‘The Body Where I Was Born’ (2015) (El cuerpo en que naci, 2011) was recognized on the Three Percent Best Translated Book Longlist.

Guadalupe Nettel was interviewed by Christian Lund at the Louisiana Literature festival at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark in August 2018.

Camera: Klaus Elmer
Edited by: Kasper Bech Dyg
Produced by: Kasper Bech Dyg and Christian Lund
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2018

Supported by Nordea-fonden

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