Héctor Tobar is the author of four books, 
including the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestseller...  
Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free
A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Deep Down Dark is published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, by Sceptre in the UK, Harper Collins Canada, and Belfond in France.
As previewed in The New Yorker. Listen to my podcast with the magazine here.
You can see a diagram of the mine here
and Moises Seman's wonderful photos of the miners for The New Yorker here.

Follow me on Twitter: @TobarWriter
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Ann Patchet calls Deep Down Dark, "The best book I've read all year...Riveting...A masterpiece of compassion."  
Read Ann's interview with me here.

How did I research Deep Down Dark? I conducted hundreds of hours of interviews with all 33 survivors of the 2010 mine disaster in northern Chile. I also entered a mine. I discuss how I wrote the book in this interview with my editor Sean McDonald from FSG. 

My novel The Barbarian Nurseries... 

...is published by Picador and FSG, by Sceptre in the UK,
and was a New York Times notable book, and won  the California Book Award Gold Medal for Fiction. You can hear my interview on The Barbarian Nurseries with Karen Grigsby Bates of NPR's Morning Edition here

Learn more about my first novel,The Tattooed Solider. Set in the tenements, tunnels, alleys and parks of immigrant Los Angeles, and in Guatemala during the  military dictatorship there, The Tattooed Soldier is a political novel about love, justice and revenge.

Learn more about my second book, a work of literary reportage published by Riverhead Books: Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States 

 You can write to me here.





I'm the son of Guatemalan immigrants, and I've also written many essays and several hundred newspaper stories for the Los Angeles Times, my hometown newspaper--my father used to deliver it.

Some years back, I got an MFA in Creative Writing at the prestigious fiction writing program at UC Irvine.

And for a decade, I was a National and Foreign Correspondent for the L.A. Times. Below, a picture of me taken by one of my sons when I was the Mexico City Bureau Chief of the L.A. Times.

Click here to read my reporting from Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina, Iraq, Los Angeles and many other places around the world.