Rodrigo Fresán (born 1963 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a fiction writer and journalist.He has published Historia argentina, Vidas de santos, Trabajos manuales, Esperanto, La velocidad de las cosas, Mantra and Jardines de Kensington, El fondo del cielo, La parte inventada (Best Translated Book Award 2018 as The Invented Part) and La parte soñada. They have been translated into many languages.
Mantra, a portrait of Mexico City ca. 2000, reveals the deep influence of science fiction novels (Philip K. Dick in particular), movies (Stanley Kubrick) and TV shows (The Twilight Zone). His novel Kensington Gardens was translated into English by Natasha Wimmer and published in 2006. According to Jonathan Lethem, "he's a kaleidoscopic, open-hearted, shamelessly polymathic storyteller, the kind who brings a blast of oxygen into the room."
Since 1999, Fresán has lived and worked in Barcelona, Spain.
He was a close friend of the late Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño.
In 2017, Rodrigo Fresán received the prestigious French Prix Roger Caillois.
In 2017, La parte inventada was translated into English and published in America as The Invented Part. In 2018 this novel won the BTBA (Best Translated Book Award, USA, with a translation by Will Vanderhyden). El fondo del cielo was translated into English by Will Vanderhyden and published by Open Letter as The Bottom of the Sky in 2018.