José Pérez Reyes

José Pérez Reyes. Asunción, Paraguay, 1972. Writer, lawyer, university professor. He has had three collections of short stories published: Ladrillos del tiempo (2002), Clonsonante (2007; his best-known work) and Asunscenarios (2012). In 2007 he was named among the Bogotá39, a Hay Festival initiative recognising the continent’s best young authors. His stories have been included in international anthologies in Colombia, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, Chile, Portugal and Spain. He has had work translated into English and published by Words Without Borders in 2011. His webpage and blog can be found at His work frequently combines Guaraní with Spanish: in ‘Loyalty Card’, the Guaraní words appear in italics.

‘Loyalty Card’ (‘Carnet de fiel consumidor’) was first published in Asuncenarios (Editorial Arandurá).