Author: Esther Díaz Llanillo

Esther Díaz Llanillo (Havana, 1934-2015). PhD in Humanities, reference librarian, writer of fiction and critical essays. In 1957 she completed the coursework for her doctorate at the University of Havana, where two years later she finished her dissertation titled Jorge Luis Borges: su obra literaria (Jorge Luis Borges: His Literary Work). In 1960 the same institution awarded her the "Antonio Barreras" prize for her critical analysis El arte de novelar de Hernández Catá; (Hernández Catá and the Art of Novel Writing). She also has published in the area of library studies. Collections of her short stories have been published with the titles of: El castigo (The Punishment, Ediciones R, 1966), Cuentos antes y después del sueño (Stories Before and After Dreaming, Letras Cubanas, 1999; 2.ed. Letras Cubanas, 2007), Cambio de vida (Life Altering, Letras Cubanas, 2002, comprised of two shorter volumes that received honorable mention in the Alejo Carpentier Prize 1999 and 2000 respectively, Cambio de vida [Life Altering] and Regresión [Regression]); Entre latidos (Between Heartbeats, Ediciones Unión, 2005), Los rostros (Faces, Ediciones Unión, 2008) El vendedor de cabezas (The Head Trade, Letras cubanas, 2009) and an anthology of her favorite works, Hablando de fantasmas y mucho más (When It Comes to Ghosts and Much More, Letras cubanas, 2011). Her stories have appeared in many anthologies and literary journals, in Cuba and beyond; they have been translated into English, Danish, and Farsi. In 2004 she was recognized with the Distinción Por la Cultura Nacional for her many contributions to Cuban culture.

About Spirits and Other Mysteries/Sobre espíritus y otros misterios
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About Spirits and Other Mysteries/Sobre espíritus y otros misterios


Tales of the paranormal and the bizarre set in the city of Havana, by Cuban author Esther Díaz Llanillo, melding fantasy with black humor and metaphysical undertones. Bilingual edition. The bilingual collection of short stories ABOUT SPIRITS & OTHE...

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