José Ignacio (Chascas) Valenzuela

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José Ignacio (Chaskas) Valenzuela is a Chilean writer and screewriter. His work includes more than twenty books published in different languages like the bestsellers Trilogía del Malamor, El filo de tu piel, La mujer infinita, Malaluna, Mi abuela la loca, Hashtag, Mi tío Pachungay, and the short story collections Con la noche encima y Salida de emergencia. Simultaneously, he has developed a career as a writer for film, theatre and TV in Chile, México, Puerto Rico and the United States. His soap operas, La casa de al lado and Santa Diabla, both produced by Telemundo-NBC, have gone around the world, reaching record audience shares figures. As a professor, he has given lectures on scriptwriting and creative writing in great part of Latin America and at universities in Mexico, Chile, the United States, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.


Throughout his career, he has been given several international recognitions, such as that of the Sundance Institute and one nomination to the Emmy Awards. He won the Prix du Gran Jury in France for his work as a screenwriter. His film Miente (Puerto Rico, 2009) was selected as the Puerto Rican entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in 2011.

The New York Times magazine included him in the list of the 10 best Latin American writers.