Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. A dazed adulteress, an accordion missing keys, an encounter between strangers that may (or may not) have taken place, a fallen man rummaging through garbage, a young woman starting a new life in Spain, another one contemplating ending hers in Buenos Aires and a border dispute between beggars are a few of the subjects of Argentinos: stories. In the ten stories that make up ARGENTINOS: STORIES, the characters speak for themselves through their intimacy, their relationships and their unique challenges and experiences. None of the protagonists are famous or extraordinary; they are just people: lovers, strangers and couples who aside from their particular conflicts and notions share a need to survive and prevail in the impulsive and erratic Argentina of the new millennium. The Spanish version of this collection, Argentina: se me hace cuento, was awarded Third Prize in the UC Irvine Chicano/Latino Literary Award.
Mariana Dietl is an Argentine-American writer with a major in International Relations from St. Andrew's University in Argentina. She worked for Clarín, the leading newspaper in that country, and for the Argentine Consulate in Los Angeles, as Chief Communications Officer. She studied creative writing at UCLA Extension and at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center. Her novel, Confined (The Litchfield Review Press, 2009), was awarded The Litchfield Review's Fiction Prize. A second edition of CONFINED was published by Ahadada Books in 2013. Argentina: Se Me Hace Cuento (her first story collection, received third prize in UC Irvine's Chicano/Latino Literary Award and was published by Ahadada Books as ARGENTINOS: STORIES in 2010) and other stories were finalists in contests from the U.S and abroad. Her second collection, Era: y otros cuentos, was published by Ediciones del Dragón (Argentina) in 2011. Her work can be found in Literary Chaos, Tertulia, Luces & Sombras, The Externalist, SNReview, Río Grande Review, Revista Baquiana, Rattle, The Litchfield Review, Tonopah Preview and Palabra. She is a member of PEN Center USA. Author City: BUENOS AIRES ARG