Bárbara Mujica

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

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An acclaimed theologian delivers a delightfully readable exploration of two medieval saints whose ideas are of great contemporary relevance.

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“A suffering wife…sadly neglected by her...self-absorbed husband” finally gets recognized for her own intelligence.

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The White Islands / Las Islas Blancas

By Marjorie Agosín; translated by Jacqueline Nanfito

One of Chile’s most celebrated poets captures the voice and soul of Sephardic women.

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The Mortifications: A Novel

By Derek Palacio

The pull of family and Cuba loom large in this fascinating story reminiscent of Márquez.

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A husband and wife struggle to stay alive for a single day during the Sri Lankan civil war.

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This biographical novel about a Hollywood legend draws in readers from the very first line.

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A thoughtful reconsideration of war and PTSD.

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Country of Red Azaleas: A Novel

By Domnica Radulescu

Despite war, separation, and loss, two women find strength in their love for one another.

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Simone: A Novel

By Eduardo Lalo; translated by David Frye

A slow-moving yet thoughtful story set in 20th-century San Juan.


The acclaimed Chilean writer discusses revolution, poetry, and the role of Judaism in her life.

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A philosophical examination of the toll emotional pain takes on service members.

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Isabella: the Warrior Queen

By Kirstin Downey

This compelling, thoughtful biography humanizes the iconic Spanish monarch.

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The Castle of Whispers

Carole Martinez

The bestselling French author transports readers to 12th-century France, while still providing hard-hitting social commentary.

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The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

Sun-Mi Hwang; translated by Chi-Young Kim; illustrated by Nomoco

A deceptively simple barnyard fable broaches many existential themes.

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The Sound of Things Falling

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?

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My Father’s Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain

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.”