Ana María Shua  

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Ana María Shua (born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 22, 1951) is an Argentine writer of fiction and short fiction, and a children's author.



Shua published her first book on poetry, El sol y yo, when she was 16 years old, in 1967, for which she received the Honor Strip given by the Argentine Society of Writers. She studied at the University of Buenos Aires and obtained a master's degree in Arts and Literature. During the military dictatorship she exiled to France where she worked for the Spanish magazine Cambio 16. Once back in Argentina, she published her first novel, entitled Soy paciente, in 1980, for which she won an award given by Losada publishing house. In 1984, she published La sueñera, a collection of micro-stories, a genre she would keep practicing on the following years, and that made her one of the most distinguished representatives on the genre. She has worked as a journalist, a publicist, and a screenwriter, adapting some of her writings. She has also written books for children, for which she received some international awards.



  • Patient (Soy paciente, 1980)
  • Los amores de Laurita (1984)
  • The book of memories (El libro de los recuerdos, 1994)
  • La muerte como efecto secundario (1997)
  • El peso de la tentación (2007)

Short story

  • Los días de pesca (1981)
  • Viajando se conoce gente (1988)
  • Como una buena madre (2001)
  • Historias verdaderas (2004)


  • La sueñera (1984)
  • Casa de geishas (1992)
  • Botánica del caos (2000)
  • Temporada de fantasmas (2004)

Children's books

  • La batalla de los elefantes y los cocodrilos (1988)
  • La fábrica del terror (1991), Honor List Award by the International Board on Books for Young People
  • La puerta para salir del mundo (1992)
  • Cuentos judíos con fantasmas y demonios (1994)
  • Ani salva a la perra Laika (1996)
  • Historia de un cuento (1998)
  • Cuentos con magia (1999)
  • La luz mala (2000)
  • Los monstruos del Riachuelo (2001)
  • Planeta miedo (2002)
  • Su primera zanahoria (2005)
  • Un ciervo muy famoso (2005)

Humorous fiction

  • El marido argentino promedio (1991)
  • Risas y emociones en la cocina judía (2003)


  • El sol y yo (1967)

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