‘If I can’t be free in my writing, I cannot be free anywhere else’
The first of two events featuring Edinburgh publisher Charco Press and their talented authors experimenting with fiction and autobiography. In Older Brother, author Daniel Mella attempts to narrate his brother’s fatal accident and navigate his own grief by using the future tense, in a luminous exploration of brotherhood and death. With Charco co-director Carolina Orloff.
About Daniel Mella
Daniel Mella (Montevideo, Uruguay, 1976) began his career as a writer when he was only 21, with the publication of his first novel, Pogo. Derretimiento, published only a year later in Spain, would gain him the recognition of critics and peers. At the age of 24, after his third novel Noviembre, he retired from writing and returned thirteen years later with a book of short stories entitled Lava, which obtained the Bartolomé Hidalgo Prize, the most prestigious literary prize in Uruguay. His fourth novel, El hermano mayor, which has been very well received by critics in Uruguay, Argentina and Spain, also made Mella a second-time winner of the Bartolomé Hidalgo Prize (2017). Mella’s writings have appeared in several anthologies. He lives in a small coastal town in Uruguay.