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Michi Strausfeld in conversation with Luis Rodriguez Pastor

A Legendary Editor

Arequipa 2021, 

The renowned publisher Michi Strausfeld will talk to the cultural journalist Luis Rodríguez Pastor about her exceptional career in the book industry, working in two different languages (German and Spanish) and two literary traditions. After studying French, English and Spanish at the University of Cologne (1969), Strausfeld has lived in Bogota, Madrid, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona. From 1974 to 2008 she was in charge of the Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese collection at the Suhrkamp publishing house, where she was responsible for the publication of more than 350 books. In July 2008 she moved to the publisher S. Fischer Verlag (Frankfurt) in order to create a new Spanish-language literature collection. She also directed the child and young adult collection for Alfaguara between 1977 and 1999, which published over 550 titles; and, from 1990, Siruela’s Las Tres Edades collection, aimed at readers between 8 and 88, where she has been responsible for the release of around 250 books. In 2009 she received the Order of Isabel la Católica for her work disseminating Spanish-language literature in Germany. Her most recent book is Mariposas amarillas y los señores dictadores. América Latina narra su historia (2021).