Jul 7, 2019
Series: Biblio File in Buenos
Liliana Heker was born in 1943 in Buenos Aires.
Her writing career began at age 17 thanks to a letter she
Castillo requesting a job at a magazine he
edited. During Argentina's so called Dirty War in the
seventies and eighties, she defiantly wrote and edited several
well known left-wing literary journals, subtly protesting her
country's violent, repressive regime, while defending the practice
of literature. She also famously engaged in correspondence
Cortázar, arguing that resistance to tyranny is better staged
at home where the people can read your work and take faith from it,
rather than from abroad.
This from Biblioasis
is the author of two novels and numerous books of short stories and
essays, in addition to being a founder of two important Argentine
literary magazines. Her collected short stories were published in
Spanish in 2004 and translated into Hebrew; her stories have been
included in anthologies in many countries and languages. Her
collection, The Stolen Party and Other Stories
available in English. Her novel The End of the
was not only a literary success, but a cultural
event that provoked controversy and avid discussion of how best to
remember the years of the Argentine dictatorship."
I met Liliana at her home in Buenos Aires to talk about all of
the above, and more.
Her collection of short stories, Please Talk to Me
translated by Alberto Manguel and Miranda France, is available from