Despite the fact that Cristina Peri Rossi’s collection of novels may not be as extensive as some of her other genres, it is in no way any less worthy. Often praised for its clever use of allegory and satire, the novels address various themes ranging from political and social hardships to adversity of exile and obsessions with love, gambling and desire. After publishing her first novel in 1969 called El libro de mis primos (My Cousins’ Book), Peri Rossi received a letter from Julio Cortázar, an acclaimed Argentinean author, thus establishing their long friendship. In the letter Cortázar told Peri Rossi that he had to throw out the first version of his novel A Manual for Manuel due to their extreme similarities. The novel also won the Marcha Library’s Prize for Novels the same year. Considered as the author’s most important novel, La nave de los locos (The Ship of Fools) deals with the hardships of exile, sexuality, and social tensions, and is the authors most translated piece of writing. The most recent novels written by Peri Rossi have the reoccurring theme of obsession, whether it’s for a woman, gambling, or desire.


1969 El libro de mis primos, Montevideo, Biblioteca Marcha.

1984 La nave de los locos, Barcelona, Seix-Barral.

1988 Solitario de amor, Barcelona, Grijalbo.

1992 La ú́ltima noche de Dostoievski, Madrid, Mondadori.

1999 El amor es una droga dura, Barcelona, Seix-Barral.

2003 Mi querido Cronopio, Barcelona, Omega.