Bárbara Mujica is a novelist, short story writer, scholar, and theater director. Mujica’s latest novel, I Am Venus,explores the identity of the model for the famous Rokeby Venus, the only extant nude of seventeenth-Spanish painter Diego de Velázquez. It is scheduled for publication in summer 2013. Her critically acclaimed novel, Sister Teresa, (Overlook 2007; paperback, Penguin 2008) depicts the life of Teresa de Avila, the most beloved saint of the Spanish-speaking world, after the Virgin. A play based on the novel is currently being developed by The Actors Studio in Los Angeles. Mujica’s novel frida (Overlook 2001; paperback, Plume 2002) was an international bestseller that has appeared in seventeen languages. Based on the tumultuous relationship between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera,frida was a Book-of-the-Month Club alternate. Her other book-length fiction includes The Deaths of Don Bernardo(novel, 1990), Sanchez across the Street (stories, 1997), and Far from My Mother’s Home (stories, 1999; French edition 2007).
17 entries by Bárbara Mujica
By Gillian T.W. Ahlgren
An acclaimed theologian delivers a delightfully readable exploration of two medieval saints whose ideas are of great contemporary relevance.
By Kathy Chamberlain
“A suffering wife…sadly neglected by her...self-absorbed husband” finally gets recognized for her own intelligence.
By Marjorie Agosín; translated by Jacqueline Nanfito
One of Chile’s most celebrated poets captures the voice and soul of Sephardic women.
By Derek Palacio
The pull of family and Cuba loom large in this fascinating story reminiscent of Márquez.
By Anuk Arudpragasam
A husband and wife struggle to stay alive for a single day during the Sri Lankan civil war.
By C.W. Gortner
This biographical novel about a Hollywood legend draws in readers from the very first line.
By Sebastian Junger
A thoughtful reconsideration of war and PTSD.
By Gillian T.W. Ahlgren
By Domnica Radulescu
Despite war, separation, and loss, two women find strength in their love for one another.
By Eduardo Lalo; translated by David Frye
A slow-moving yet thoughtful story set in 20th-century San Juan.
By Nancy Sherman
A philosophical examination of the toll emotional pain takes on service members.
By Kirstin Downey
This compelling, thoughtful biography humanizes the iconic Spanish monarch.
The bestselling French author transports readers to 12th-century France, while still providing hard-hitting social commentary.
Sun-Mi Hwang; translated by Chi-Young Kim; illustrated by Nomoco
A deceptively simple barnyard fable broaches many existential themes.
Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Memories of brutality form a common language for the people of Bogotá, Colombia. Can these citizens build a future different from the past?
Patricio Pron, translated by Mara Faye Lethem
A young writer estranged from his past wrestles with the suppressed truth of his father’s political activity during Argentina’s “dirty war.”