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Windows on the World

Alejandro Zambra, Santiago, Chile

April 5, 2013 | by

A series on what writers from around the world see from their windows.


I’m not sure that my little studio is the best place in the house to write. It’s too hot in summer and too cold in winter. But I like this window. I like those trees crossed by power lines and that slice of available sky. The silence is never absolute, or maybe it is—maybe my idea of silence now includes the constant barking of dogs and the uneven roar of motors. I take enormous pleasure in watching passersby, the odd cyclist, the cars.

When the writing isn’t happening I just sit there, absorbing the scenery, adoring it. I’m sure those minutes, those apparently lost hours, are useful in some way, that they’re essential for writing: that my books would be very different if I had written them in another room, looking out another window. —Alejandro Zambra

Translated from the Spanish by Harry Backlund.




  1. H | April 6, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Is there any possibility of being able to read the original version in Spanish?

  2. Ana | May 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Lindas palabras. Y puedo imaginar esta imagen, en foto.

  3. enrique alejandro isturiz | January 18, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Spot on with this write-up, I really think this website
    needs a great deal more attention. I’ll probably be back again to see more, thanks
    for the information!

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