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Abad is considered one of the most talented post- Latin American Boom writers in Latin American literature. Abad is best known for his bestselling novel Angostaand more recently, El Olvido que Seremos t.

While in Mexicohe attended literature, creative writing and poetry workshops at La Casa bector Lago, the first off campus cultural center of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Later inhe was expelled from the University for writing an irreverent article against the Pope.

Abad returned to his home town in Colombia inbut later that year his father was murdered by the paramilitaries in a crime that brought about shock in Colombia.

Abad himself was threatened facioilnce death and had to fly back immediately to Europe; first to Spain and finally to Italy, where he established his residence for the next five years.

At this time, he also earned a living translating literary works from Italian to Spanish. Upon returning to Colombia, Abad was appointed director of the University of Antioquia Journal — He is a regular contributor to other Latin American and Spanish papers and magazines. Since MayAbad has been a member of the editorial board of El Espectadorthe oldest newspaper in Colombia. Abad is an atheist. Abad started his literary career at a very young age. He was just 12 years old when he wrote his first short stories and poetry works.

Stones of Silencea short story about a miner trapped deep underground. While still in Italy, he published his first book, Malos Pensamientos but it was only upon returning basjra Colombia inthat Abad become a full-time writer. Abad forms part of a new generation of authors that emerges in Colombia beyond magical realism. The richness, plot, irony, permanent enticement of the reader, the intensity of his stories, as well as the seriousness of the social, historical, and human research behind his confessional narrative, stand Abad as a brilliant recreator of the contemporary Colombian society through literature.


Asuntos de un Hidalgo Disoluto ; Eng.

The Joy of Being Awake, deliberately models itself on two key 18th-century works: Like Sterne’s eccentric novel, The Joy of Being Awake is a bittersweet account of the life and opinions hsctor a man at odds with himself, narrated in nonchronological fashion with plenty of entertaining digressions and the occasional formal game.

Narrated by a character who is a year-old Colombian millionaire, this work is a Colombian version of the Spanish picaresque novel. Writing at the end of his life, the narrator looks back on his life of debauchery — and the failure of his high pretensions — through fackolince to his younger mute secretary and lover, Cunegunda Bonaventura.

The narrator often gives two versions of a memory: Abad’s novel has a surface geniality that barely conceals undercurrents of discontent and despair. Tratado de Culinaria para Mujeres Tristes ; t: Recipes for Sad Women is a book of uncertain literary genre that combines a collection of false recipes coelacanth, dinosaur, or mammoth meat with real recipes.

Héctor Abad Faciolince

The book is neither a novel nor a collection of recipes, but rather a collection of sensitive short reflections about unhappiness. With a love for droll turns of phrase, Abad blends melancholy with even-seasoned irony in well-composed sentences. Fragmentos de Amor Furtivo ; t: Fragments of Furtive Love.

Every night, a woman delays her lover’s departure by telling him stories of her past lovers. As in the DecameronSusana and Rodrigo lock themselves up in the hills, far away from the city pestilence, and bawura each other stories that would save them from death. It alludes to role models, such as the storytellers Kafka or Pavese who were angst ridden for life, and tells of a writer, Bernardo Davanzati, who tosses his works directly into the garbage can.

His neighbour finds the texts and over time turns into an assiduous and diligent reader, to whom the wbad woes of being a writer are revealed. The act of writing and the role of the reader in literature are topics which are highlighted time and again. Palabras sueltas ; t.

Oriente Empieza en El Cairo ; t. Echoes of Hyperrealism rather than Magic Realism are clearly present in this award-winning novel.

Héctor Abad Faciolince – Wikipedia

In a fantastical hectoe of Colombian society, Abad describes a fictitious city whose population has been divided into three different castes living in separate sectors. Against the backdrop of the violent perpetuation of this system, a kaleidoscope of eccentrics from the ruling class is depicted. Abad provides us with one of the very best novels on the second wave of violence during the twentieth century in Colombia. Among the thirty books to have received multiple votes was Abad’s Angosta.


El Olvido que Seremos ; t. It took Abad nearly 20 years to get the courage to write this book about his father, his life and the circumstances of his murder by Colombian paramilitaries. Las Formas de la Pereza y Otros Ensayos ; t.

The Forms of Laziness and Other Essays is a book about the origin and manifestations abaad laziness. Abad started to write in Newspapers and Magazines since he was in school and later when he was in college.

After college, he wrote in newspapers such as El Espectador and continued for more than 15 years. In the newspaper El Espectador, Faciolince publishes a weekly column where he clearly expresses his opinion.

By doing this, he allows one to see sections that talk about writing and grammar in the 21st century. Faciolince, in collaborations in literature magazines like El Malpensanteexhibits his critical view of literature, what he considers to be a good writer and a good book. If Coelho sells more books than all of the other Brazilian writers combined, then that means his books are foolish and elementary. If they were profound books, literarily complex, with serious ideas and well elaborated, the public would not buy them because the masses tend to be uneducated and have very bad taste.

Abad does not try to be a best-seller but creates complete characters like Gaspar Medina in the novel Asuntos de absd hidalgo disoluto, where one can see Medina’s periodization of being a hidalgo and dissolute.

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