Laura Restrepo

Laura Restrepo (born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1950) is a Colombian author. She graduated with a degree in philosophy from the University of the Andes, Colombia, and earned a post-graduate degree in political science.  After joining the Socialist Workers Party in Spain, she soon went to Argentina for four years where she was part of the underground resistance that opposed the military dictatorship. After three years with the Socialist Workers Party in Madrid, she became a journalist and began writing political columns for the magazine Semana. Over time she became the political editor of Semana and wrote about ongoing peace negotiations. She received death threats and was forced into a six-year exile in Mexico. Many of the investigations she did ended up as plots or ideas in many of her novels.

Books

  • Story of a Fascination (Historia de un Entusiasmo) (1986)
  • Isle of Passion (Isla de la pasión) (1989)
  • The Cows Eat Spaghetti (Las vacas comen espaguetis) (1989) (for children)
  • Leopard in the Sun (El Leopardo al Sol: Novela) (1993)
  • The Angel of Galilea (Dulce Compañía) (1995)
  • The Dark Bride, transl. Stephan Lytle (La Novia Oscura: Novela) (1999)
  • A Tale of the Dispossessed (La Multitud Errante: Novela) (2001)
  • Olor a rosas invisibles (The Scent of Invisible Roses) (2002)
  • Delirium (Delirio) (2004)
  • Demasiados heroes (Too Many Heroes) (2009)
  • Hot Sur, novela (2012).

Honors and prizes

In 1997, Restrepo won the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize at the Guadalajara International Book Fair for her novel The Angel of Galilea. In 2002 she won the Arzobispo San Clemente Award for her novel Leopard in the Sun. In 2004 Restrepo won the VII Premio Alfaguara de Novela for Delirium. She won the Grinzane Cavour Prize in Italy for best foreign fiction in 2006. In 2007 she won the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Her novel Dulce Compañía won the Prix France Culture in France.

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