Project Description

VosNatalia Zito


Natalia Zito was born in Buenos Aires in 1977. She is a writer and psychoanalyst. She has a degree in psychology from the University of Buenos Aires and is the author of three novels, a book of short stories and an essay on writing fiction with autobiographical material. Her short stories appear in anthologies in Argentina, Mexico, and the USA. Zito writes the column My Personal Surrealism (“Mi surrealismo personal”) for the magazine Intervalo, published by the iconic bookshop Escaramuza in Uruguay. She has contributed to various cultural media such as JotDown (Spain), Clarín, Infobae and Anfibia, as well as to magazines and media specialising in psychoanalysis. She teaches at the EntrePalabras school and coordinates the reading and writing workshop Writing With Others.

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In You (“Vos”), a woman is struck by two life-altering news at the same time: the terminal diagnosis of her father and her pregnancy. Written in second person and based on the author’s diaries, “You” is addressed to the protagonist’s father in a style that resembles a long overdue reckoning and farewell.

As they go through the arduous process of facing the inevitable, the narrator explores the families´ past that both unites and separates its members. In an acute state of emotional crisis, and with her fathers´ condition worsening, she is trying to come to terms with fate and must decide, whether to keep her child: this second child would have a different father than the first one, one with whom she never planned to start a family which probably would be as disfunctional as the one in which she was born.

The protagonist revisits the memories of her growing up in a migrant family. Each flashback casts a light on the economic rise of her father, who provides legal service on the verge of illegality: each summer, the family cars become more comfortable and the holiday destinations more luxurious, but that doesn’t make the living together more harmonious.

With great emphasis Zito manages to depict the childish perspective on a family shaped by conflict:  the always tense relationship between the parents, the indelible memory of the not entirely explicit intra-familial abuse, the stratified roles of each sibling, the power of silence and objects as the thread of shared life. With lucidity and ferocity, Natalia Zito paints the family as a veil, as a blind device that sustains itself. The novel knows how to build up tension, providing a highly captivating lecture and evoking a strong sympathy for the protagonist, in an always clear and precise language.

You revolves around the universal questions: where do we come from? And what are we made of? From there, Zito seeks to expand the limits of the realist story in order to find a form capable of reflecting what happens in the destabilising presence of death.




Twenty-Seven Nights

One afternoon in June 2005, Sarah Katz, an eighty-eight-year-old writer, artist and patron is surprised in her flat in Recoleta by six nurses who, with the consent of her daughters, admit her to a psychiatric hospital. The reason? Sarah’s bizarre behaviour, which, according to her daughters, includes squandering the family fortune, an active sex life and a lifestyle inappropriate for her age. Added to that is a dubious diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia signed by the ambitious young neurologist Orlando Narvaja. What follows is Sarah’s struggle to break the siege that her family imposes on her, the media scandal, and the judicial dispute at the heart of one of the most illustrious families of the Argentine aristocracy.
With one foot in fiction and the other in reality, Natalia Zito immerses herself in the family conflict of a class whose codes seem indecipherable to outsiders, and tells a story that explores the limits of mental health and the vulnerability of old age.



Weird (“Rara”) is the interior monologue of a newly single woman as she waits for the removal van that will collect the objects of what was her and her partner´s home before their marriage fell apart. With each item put into a packing crate, the protagonist tries to unburden herself of the past: of the slow disappearance of passion, of the difficulties in conceiving, of the fertility treatments, of the devastating routine, of the loss of a pregnancy at an advanced stage, of her growing resentment. What seemed forgotten emerges with force

With sharp irony and implacable honesty, Natalia Zito narrates the intimate existential tragedy of a woman of our time. This powerful and viscerally human novel shows the reverse side of the dream of a perfect family and motherhood.




You (“Vos”)
Buenos Aires: Emecé (Planeta) 2023, 304 p.
English sample translation available

Twenty-Seven Nights (“Veintisiete noches“)
Buenos Aires: Galerna 2021, 288 p.

Weird (“Rara”)
Buenos Aires: Emecé (Planeta) 2019, 256 p.

Water from the Same Pipe (“Aguas del mismo caño”)
Buenos Aires: Pánico El Pánico 2014, 104 p.

Traitors, Writing Fiction with Autobiographical Material
(“Traidores, escribir ficción con material autobiográfico”)

Buenos Aires: Tilde 2022, 116 p.

The Naked Moment (“El momento desnudo”)
Based on four stories of Water from the Same Pipe, premiere in Buenos Aires in 2019, performance in the province of Santa Cruz 2021

How many Cuddly Toys Is Success Worth? (“¿Cuántos peluches vale el éxito?”)
USA: Firmament (Sublunary Editions) 2023