(Bogotá, 1950) This Colombian writer started life in literature at an early age, writing her first story when she was nine. She studied Philosophy and Arts at the Universidad de los Andes and later Politics. After completing her studies, she taught literature classes at the National University and Rosario University, alternating this educational work with contributions to various media. After the publication of the report Historia de un entusiasmo (originally Historia de una traición) she had to leave the country for five years, going into exile in Mexico and Spain. In 2002 she published Olor a rosas invisibles and two years later she briefly ran the Bogota Institute of Culture and Tourism. With her novel Delirium, which won the 2004 Alfaguara Prize and the 2006 Grinzane Cavour Prize for the best foreign novel published in Italy, she became well known in the Hispano-American world. She had previously published works such as Isle of Passion (2013), Leopardin the Sun (2000), Dulce compañía (1995), The Dark Bride (2013), La multitud errante (2001) and Las vacas comen espaguetis (1989), this last book for children. Her journalism has been for publications such as the magazines Proceso and Semana and the Mexican newspaper La Jornada. Her latest novels are Hot Sur (2012) and Pecado (2016).
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