Isabel Mellado

Isabel Mellado

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Santiago de Chile, 1977

Easily flowing between the exploration of the literary possibilities of musical language, to the professional practice of classical violin, Isabel Mellado is one of the most original contemporary fiction writers from Chile. 

A former scholar of the prestigious Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic, she settled in the german capital more than twenty years ago, and she currently splits her musical activity between chamber music projects in Berlin, and her position as first violinist at the Ciudad de Granada Orchestra (Spain). 

Mellado is the author of a delightful debut novel, Vibrato (2018, Alfaguara), and the stories collection El perro que comía silencio (Páginas de Espuma, 2011), both of them showcasing a persistent and delicate presence of music.

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"A feast of talent"

—Andrés Neuman

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“An extraordinary writer”

—Fernando Aramburu

“There is something about Isabel Mellado’s work that makes it exceptional: a delicate balance between a remarkable plot, and brilliant turns of phrase”

—Ronaldo Menéndez

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“I’m going to miss this world as soon as I close the book”

—Samanta Schweblin