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Evelio Rosero

Evelio Rosero Diago was born in Bogota, Colombia, on March 20, 1958. He is a Colombian writer and journalist, who reached international acclaim after winning in 2006 the prestigious Tusquets Prize.

Evelio Rosero studied primary school in Colombias southern city of Pasto, and high school in Bogota, where he later attended Universidad Externado de Colombia obtaining a degree in Journalism. When he was 21, he won Colombias Premio Nacional de Cuento 1979 (National Short Story Award), for his piece Ausentes (The Departed) that was published by Instituto Colombiano de Cultura in the book 17 Cuentos colombianos (17 Colombian Short Stories). In 1982 he was awarded with the Premio Iberoamericano de Libro de Cuentos Netzahualcoyotl, in Mexico City for his earlier stories, and that same year, a novella under the title Papa es santo y sabio (Dad is holy and wise) won Spains Premio Internacional de Novela Breve Valencia. After these early successess, Rosero fled to Europe and lived first in Paris and later in Barcelona.

With his second book in 1986, Juliana los mira (Juliana is watching), Evelio Rosero was translated into Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and German to great acclaim. Once again, the visual experience of a child, this time a girl, builds the world of grownups and family, unveiling all the brutality and meanness of adults as seen with her ingenuousness. Julianas world is her own house and family. As Juliana watches her parents and relatives, she builds them. Her sight alters objects as she contemplates them. This was the first book where Rosero involved other themes from Colombias tragical reality such as kidnapping, presented here as a permanent threat that in the end justifies Julianas own confinement.

Related websites

Evelio Rosero Wins Premio Tusquets

Evelio RoseroCreating Fiction to Comprehend Reality

Author shows plight of the innocent in times of civil war (Spanish and English)

Stories of Violence and War from Colombia (University of Wisconsin Press)

Evelio Rosero's books on Barnes & Noble

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