Maria Luisa Bombal
Maria Luisa Bombal Anthes was a Chilean author. Daughter of Martin Bombal Videla and Blanca Anthes Precht. Her work is now highly regarded, incorporating themes of eroticism, surrealism and proto-feminism, and she ranks among a small number of Latin American female authors whose works received worldwide acclaim.
Following the death of her father, Martin Bombal Videla, in 1922, the twelve-year-old Maria Luisa was sent to Paris, where she studied at the college Sainte Genevieve. At the institute for literature at the University of Paris she studied literature and philosophy until her return to South America.
After her return, she married Elogio Sanchez, who did not share her interest in literature. During their marriage, Bombal began to suffer from depression, and shot her husband after a failed suicide attempt, although he survived. With the help of friends, Maria Bombal fled the country to Argentina, where in 1933 she met Jorge Luis Borges and Pablo Neruda in Buenos Aires. In 1940, she and her third husband emigrated to the USA, where she lived until 1971, when she returned to South America; living first in Argentina and then in Vina del Mar, Chile. There, the 18th September 1976, Bombal again met Jorge Luis Borges. She remained in Chile until her death in 1980.
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