Carmen Boullosa

Carmen Boullosa (September 4, 1954) is a Mexican author.

She grew up in a middle-class family in Mexico City and attended a Catholic school. Her mother died when she was fourteen.

Boullosa studied Hispanic Letters at Universidad Iberoamericana, from 1972 to 1973, and at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, from 1974 to 1976. From 1977 to 1979, she worked as an editor for the Diccionario del Español de México (Dictionary of Mexican Spanish) at the Colegio de México.

She was awarded a number of awards, grants, and scholarships, and lectured at numerous universities, such as Oxford, Cambridge, Heidelberg, Graz, Berkeley, UCLA, London School, Yale, Princeton, New School in New York, NYU, Columbia University, among others.

Together with Salman Rushdie, Boullosa co-founded the Mexico City House for Persecuted Writers in Mexico City. In 2007, she co-founded the Café Nueva York, a group of writers who work in Spanish and live in New York.

In a piece for the newspaper El País, published on August 25th, 2000, Roberto Bolaño wrote that Carmen Boullosa was “the best woman writer in Mexico”.

Books

Novels

  • Mejor desaparece, 1987.
    • English: Mejor Desaparece/Just Disappear: A full English translation and critical analysis of the novel by Carmen Boullosa (2009, tr. Christy Rodgers)
  • Antes, 1989.
    • English: Before (2016, tr. Peter Bush)
  • Son vacas, somos puercos: filibusteros del mar Caribe, 1991
    • English: They’re Cows, We’re Pigs (1997, tr. Lee Chambers)
  • El médico de los piratas: bucaneros y filibusteros en el Caribe, 1992.
  • Llanto: novelas imposibles, 1992.
  • La milagrosa, 1992.
    • English: The Miracle Worker (1994, tr. Amanda Hopkinson)
  • Duerme, 1994.
  • Cielos de la tierra, 1997.
    • English: Heavens on Earth (2017, tr. Shelby Vincent)
  • Prosa Rota, 2000.
  • Treinta años, 1999.
    • English: Leaving Tabasco (2001, tr. Geoff Hargraves)
  • De un salto descabalga la reina, 2002.
    • English: Cleopatra Dismounts (2002, tr. Geoff Hargraves)
  • La otra mano de Lepanto, 2005.
  • La novela perfecta, 2006.
  • El Velázquez de París, 2007.
  • La virgen y el violín, 2008.
  • El complot de los románticos, 2009.
  • Las paredes hablan, 2010.
  • Texas, 2013.
    • English: Texas (2014, tr. Samantha Schnee)
  • El libro de Ana, 2016.
  • Infancia e invención, Biblioteca Carmen Boullosa, Novelas I, 2018. (Collected novels: Antes, Mejor desaparece, Así pensó el niño, Treinta años, La novela perfecta, La milagrosa, Texas.)
  • El mundo, Biblioteca Carmen Boullosa, Novelas II, 2018. (Collected novels: Son vacas, somos puercos, Duerme, La otra mano de Lepanto, La virgen y el violín, El libro de Ana.)

Plays

  • Trece señoritas, 1983.
  • XE Bululú, 1984.
  • Los totoles, 1985.
  • Cocinar hombres: obra de teatro íntimo, 1985.
  • Teatro herético: Propusieron a María, Cocinar hombres, Aura y las once mil vírgenes, 1987.
  • Mi versión de los hechos, 1997.

Poetry

  • La memoria vacía, 1978.
  • El hilo olvida, 1979.
  • Ingobernable, 1979.
  • Lealtad, 1981.
  • La voz y método completo de recreo sin acompañamiento, 1983.
  • Abierta, 1983.
  • La salvaja, 1988.
  • Soledumbre, 1992.
  • Envenenada: antología personal, 1993.
  • Niebla, 1997.
  • Todos los amores: Antología de poesía amorosa, 1997.
  • La Delirios, 1998.
  • Jardín Elíseo, 1999
    • Elyssian Garden (1999, tr. Psiche Hugues)
  • Agua, 2000.
  • La bebida, 2002.
  • Salto de mantarraya, 2004.
  • La patria insomne, 2012.
  • Corro a mirarme en ti, 2012.
  • Hamartia o Hacha, 2015.
  • La impropia, 2017.
  • La aguja en el pajar, 2019.

Short stories and essays

  • Papeles irresponsables, 1989.
  • El fantasma y el poeta, 2007.
  • Cuando me volví mortal, 2010.
  • Azúcar Negra, 2013.

Childrens books

  • La Midas, 1986
  • Sólo para muchachos, 1997.

About her

  • El gesto de Antígona o la escritura como responsabilidade: Clarice Lispector, Diamela Eltit y Carmen Boullosa, by Eleonora Cróquer Pedrón, 2000
  • Nueva narrativa mexicana, by Elizabeth Hernández Alvidrez, 2014.
  • The many voices of Carmen Boullosa, by Sarah La Setta Beyer, 1996.
  • The Boom Femenino in Mexico: Reading Contemporary Womens Writing, ed. Nuala Finnegan and Jane E. Lavery (2010)
  • Máscaras suele vestir. Pasión y revuela: escrituras de mujeres en América Latina, by Sonia Mattalia, 2003.
  • Bending the Rules: The Quest for an Authentic Feminine Identity in the Narrative of Clarice Lispector & Carmen Boullosa, by Cristina Santos, 2003.
  • Interview, BOMB Magazine, 2001
  • Interview, Guernica, 2016

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