Bárbara Mujica

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). 


36 entries by Bárbara Mujica

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L.A. Weather: A Novel

By María Amparo Escandón

L.A. Weather: A Novel

A Mexican American family navigates change in an exuberant, complicated city brought vividly to life.

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Bonhoeffer’s America: A Land without Reformation

The German theologian came to New York twice. What he saw appalled him.

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Black Sheep: A Blue-Eyed Negro Speaks of Abandonment, Belonging, Racism, and Redemption

The mixed-race son of addicts spends his life struggling to fit in.

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Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons for Modern Resilience

Nine timeless lessons for living a calmer, happier life.

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How We Read Now: Strategic Choices for Print, Screen, & Audio

A well-researched, accessible treatise on all the ways we experience and absorb words.

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Marjorie and Me

Circles of Madness not only introduced me to an extraordinary poet but launched a lifelong literary friendship.

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The Scent of Buenos Aires

By Hebe Uhart; translated by Maureen Shaughnessy

The Scent of Buenos Aires

These delicate tales of everyday lives in and around Argentina’s capital reflect on the passage of time and small pleasures.

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Igifu

By Scholastique Mukasonga; translated by Jordan Stump

Igifu

For Rwandan Tutsis forced into exile, hunger, fear, and grief are constant companions.

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A Trenchant Trickster

In the precarious world of early 17th-century Germany, Tyll Ulenspiegel learns life is a tightrope.

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Silver, Sword & Stone

By Marie Arana

Silver, Sword & Stone

A trio of themes dominates the saga, argues the author: mineral wealth, violence, and spirituality.

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An Interview with Domnica Radulescu

The celebrated Romanian novelist and playwright discusses the fiction of protest, experimental theater, and her invincible, positive outlook.

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Exquisitely Evocative

In Braided Memories, Marjorie Agosín pays homage to her great-grandmother, who escaped Nazi-dominated Vienna and made her way to Chile.

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The Scent of Buenos Aires: Stories

By Hebe Uhart; translated by Maureen Shaughnessy

The Scent of Buenos Aires: Stories

These delicate tales of everyday lives in and around Argentina’s capital reflect on the passage of time and small pleasures.

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Quichotte: A Novel

By Salman Rushdie

Quichotte: A Novel

A traveling salesman struggles to distinguish between reality and fantasy in this uneven re-imagining of Don Quixote.

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Silver, Sword & Stone: Three Crucibles of the Latin American Story

A trio of themes dominates the saga, argues the author: mineral wealth, violence, and spirituality.

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The White Islands

By Marjorie Agosín; translated by Jacqueline Nanfito

The White Islands

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

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The Sagrada Família: The Astonishing Story of Gaudí’s Unfinished Masterpiece

A fascinating depiction of an architect and his struggle to create a singular basilica.

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The Tenderness of God: Reclaiming Our Humanity

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

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Jane Welsh Carlyle and her Victorian World: A Story of Love, Work, Marriage, and Friendship

“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

The White Islands / Las Islas Blancas

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 Mortifications: A Novel

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

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The Story of a Brief Marriage: A Novel

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

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Marlene: A Novel of Marlene Dietrich

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

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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

A thoughtful reconsideration of war and PTSD.

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Country of Red Azaleas: A Novel

By Domnica Radulescu

Country of Red Azaleas: A Novel

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

Simone: A Novel

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

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An Interview with Marjorie Agosín

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

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Afterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of Our Soldiers

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

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Isabella: the Warrior Queen

By Kirstin Downey

Isabella: the Warrior Queen

This compelling, thoughtful biography humanizes the iconic Spanish monarch.

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The Train to Warsaw: A Novel

Two lovers haunted by the Holocaust return to Poland to find nothing of their past remains.

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The Castle of Whispers: A Novel

By Carole Martinez

The Castle of Whispers: A Novel

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

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

A deceptively simple barnyard fable broaches many existential themes.

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The Sound of Things Falling

Juan Gabriel Vásquez

The Sound of Things Falling

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

My Father’s Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain

A young writer estranged from his past wrestles with the suppressed truth of his father’s political activity during Argentina’s “dirty war.”