I am convinced that in this uncertain world we live in, where words have been torn from their meaning because of the violence and abuse of human stupidity, writing and reading from the literary reasons exposed in this story, will continue to be the acts that justify my way through life.
Perla Suez was born in Córdoba, Argentina, but lived the first fifteen years of her life in Basavilbaso in the province of Entre Ríos. She is a writer and professor of contemporary literature, and graduate of the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.
She was the recipient of fellowships from the French government and worked at the Centro Internacional de Estudios Pedagógicos de Sèvres, and in 1998, she also received fellowships from the Canadian government.
Upon returning to Argentina in 1985, she was named a delegate to the CRILJ, (Centre de Recherche Internacional de Littérature pour la Jeunesse) and organized a group of collaborators to found the CEDILIJ (Centro de Difusión e Investigación de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil). She served as the director of the CEDILIJ for several years, and also as director of the literary magazine, Piedra Libre.
During this period, she presented lectures, panels, and seminars in Latin America and the Caribbean, some sponsored by the OAS for the promotion of reading and the difusion of high quality books. Among her publications for children and young adults are: Dimitri en la Tormenta, Memorias de Vladimir, Un golpe de buena suerte, El viaje de un cuis muy gris, and Tres pajaritos.
Her novel for young adults, Memorias de Vladimir, published in 1992, won the Premio White Ravens, awarded by the International Library of Munich, Germany in 1993. The same award was bestowed upon her children’s book El viaje de un cuis muy gris.
In 1997, she received an Honorable Mention for the Premio Mundial de Literatura Infantil José Martí in recognition of her contributions to children’s literature.
In 1998, she was invited to participate as a jury member for the Premio Internacional de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil, CIELJ, Premio Octogonal, in París, France.
In 2001, she was named a Finalist of Rómulo Gallego’s Prize for her Letargo (Norma, 2000) and in the same year she published El Arresto, and in 2004, Complot, which was a first place finalist in the Premio Internacional de Novela Grinzane Cavour – Montevideo, 2005, Fundación Grinzane Cavour, Torino, Italy.
In 2006, Letargo, El Arresto y Complot were published in one volume by the Editorial Norma, Buenos Aires, Argentina in the collection, La otra orilla, under the title Trilogía de Entre Ríos, an edition that has garnered praise in Argentina and abroad.
The publication of the Trilogía de Entre Ríos, coincided with the 2006 publication of The Entre Ríos Trilogy: Three Novels, translated by Rhonda Dahl Buchanan and published by The University of New Mexico Press in their Jewish Latin America Series.
In 2008, she won the Primer Premio Internacional Grinzane Cavour of the Fundación Grinzane Cavour, Turín, Italy and its counterpart in Montevideo for the Trilogía de Entre Ríos, which was translated to Italian by Elena Rolla and Luigi Cojazzi and published in 2009 with the title I Fiumi Della Memoria, by Alacrán Edizioni, Milano, Italy.
In 2007, Perla Suez won a Guggenheim Fellowship for the novel La pasajera, which was published in 2008 by Grupo Editorial Norma in Buenos Aires.
In 2008, the novel Dimitri en la tormenta received the Premio Destacado de ALIJA, awarded by the Asociación de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil Argentina, Sección Nacional de IBBY.
In 2008, the book Arciboldo, illustrated by Jorge Cuello, was published in Córdoba, Argentina by Editorial Comunicarte, in their collection, Vaquita de San Antonio.
In 2011 Blum, illustrated by María Jesús Alvarez, was published in Argentina by Editorial Comunicarte, in their collection Cola de ratón.
Actually it is found in press the special books El hombrecito de Polvo and Las flores de hielo in Editorial Comunicarte, Córdoba, Argentina.
Dimitri en la tormenta has been translated to Serbian by Jelena Dosen and was published by PiPress in November 2011, Belgrade, Serbia.
She received the Municipal Prize of Novel gave by the government of Buenos Aires city for Trilogía de Entre Ríos.
Dreaming of the Delta, the English version of the novel La pasajera, has been translated by Rhonda Dahl Buchanan and be published recently, in the Americas Series of Texas Tech University Press.
La pasajera has also been translated to French by Mathias de Breyne as La passagère, and was published in February 2012 by Rouge Inside, under the direction of François Collet.
Her novel for adults, Humo Rojo, published by Edhasa, Buenos Aires, Argentina in August 2012.
In 2013 Perla Suez received the Municipal Prize Glauce y Romilio by the government of Córdoba city. Humo rojo was one of the Rómulo Gallego’s Prize finalists. Besides that, the book was awarded the Argentina’s National Prize for Novel.
In 2014, Editorial Comunicarte published three books that Suez wrote for children: El huemul, Un oso, and Lara y su lobo, and her novel Letargo was released in a new edition by Editorial Edhasa. Perla Suez was invited by the Argentine Ministry of Culture as one of the 45 writers who represented Argentina at the Book Fair (Salón del Libro) in Paris in 2014.
In 2015, Perla featured two illustrated children’s books El hombrecito de polvo and Espero. Her last novel, El país del diablo, was published by Editorial Edhasa in April, and won the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Price, granted by the Guadalajara International Book Fair.
In 2016, she was invited to the Frankfurt Book Fair, where the translation to Greek of her novel Humo Rojo was presented.
In 2017 a new edition of El arresto came out, and a new edition of Complot is coming soon.
Currently, Perla has just finished her last novel for adults.
In March 2018 her book Espero was selected as one of the 10 best books in the world and is a candidate for the “Best children and young adults books 2018″ of Banco del Libro.
Recent publications by Perla Suez
Letargo. Buenos Aires: Grupo Editorial Norma, Colección La otra orilla, 2000. (Novel)
El arresto. Buenos Aires: Grupo Editorial Norma, Colección La otra orilla, 2001. (Novel)
Tumba, Tumba, Retumba, Poetas de América. Córdoba, Argentina: Alción Editora, 2001. (Anthology, selection, prologue and notes by Perla Suez)
Complot. Buenos Aires: Grupo Editorial Norma, Colección La otra orilla, 2004. (Novel)
Trilogía de Entre Ríos. Buenos Aires: Grupo Editorial Norma, Colección La otra orilla, 2006. (Novel with a prologue by Guillermo Saccomano)
The Entre Rios Trilogy, Three Novels. Translated by Rhonda Dahl Buchanan. Albuquerque, New Mexico: The University of New Mexico Press, Jewish Latin America Series, 2006. (novels, with an Introduction by Ilan Stavans and Preface by Rhonda Dahl Buchanan).
Un golpe de buena suerte. Buenos Aires: Ediciones e.d.b., 2006. (short stories for children)
Memorias de Vladimir. Buenos Aires: Ed. Alfaguara, Alfaguara Juvenil, new edition, 2007. (Novel)
Dimitri en la Tormenta. Buenos Aires: Ed. Sudamericana, new edition, 2008. (Novel for young adults)
La pasajera. Buenos Aires: Grupo Editorial Norma, Colección La otra orilla, 2008. (Novel)
I Fiumi Della Memoria, Translated by Elena Rolla and Luigi Cojazzi. Milan, Italy: Alacrán Edizioni, 2009. (Novel)
El viaje de un cuis muy gris. Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 7th ed. 2009. (Short stories for children, illustrated by Oscar Rojas, White Ravens Prize).
Arciboldo. Córdoba, Argentina: Editorial Comunicarte, 2009. (Illustrated children’s book)
El árbol de los flecos. Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 5th ed., 2010. (short stories for children)
Tres pajaritos. Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, Colección Puercoespín, 3rd ed., 2011. (Short stories for children)
Blum. Córdoba, Argentina: Editorial Comunicarte, new edition, 2011. (Short stories for children)
Dimitri u oluji, Belgrado, Serbia: PiPress, new edition, 2011 (Novel for young adults)
La Passagère, Lyon, France: Rouge Inside, new edition, 2012 (Novel)
Humo rojo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Editorial Edhasa, 2012 (Novel)
El huemul, Córdoba, Argentina: Editorial Comunicarte, 2014 (Illustrated children’s book)
Lara y su lobo, Córdoba, Argentina: Editorial Comunicarte, 2014 (Illustrated children’s book)
Un oso, Córdoba, Argentina: Editorial Comunicarte, 2014 (Illustrated children’s book)
Letargo. Editorial Edhasa, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2014 (New edition of 2000 novel)
Dreaming of the Delta, Lubbock, USA, Texas Tech University Press, 2014 (Novel)
El hombrecito de polvo, Córdoba, Argentina: Editorial Comunicarte, 2015 (Illustrated children’s book)
Espero, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Editorial Comunicarte, 2015 (Illustrated children’s book)
El país del diablo. Editorial Edhasa, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2015
Year | 15
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize for her novel The devil’s country, Edhasa 2015. Granted by Guadalajara International Book Fair
Year | 13
Argentina’s National Prize for Novel, Humo rojo, Edhasa 2012
Municipal Prize Glauce y Romilio by the government of Córdoba city by literary trajectory.
Rómulo Gallego’s Prize finalists, Humo rojo, Edhasa 2012
Year | 12
Municipal Prize of Novel granted by the government of Buenos Aires city, Biennium 2006-2007, Trilogía de Entre Ríos, Norma 2006.
Year | 09
Distinction Prize ALIJA 2008. Dimitri en la tormenta. Granted by ALIJA (Association of Children’s Literature of Argentina), National section of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People), at the International Book Fair Buenos Aires, 2009.
Year | 08
Grinzane Cavour-Montevideo International Award. First prize for her book Trilogía de Entre Ríos.
ALIJA Outstanding Performance Award. In the category “Rescate Editorial”.
Year | 07
Guggenheim Fellowship for her carree and to the novel La pasajera
Year | 05
Finalist in the Grinzane Cavour-Montevideo International Award, Complot, Norma 2004.
Year | 01
Finalist of Rómulo Gallego’s Prize for Letargo, Norma, 2000.
Year | 00
Finalis World Children’s Literature Award Apel Les Mestres, Barcelona, Tan lejos, tan cerca.
Year | 97
Scholarship as the Goverment of Canada as a writer.
Honorable Mention for the World Prize for Children’s Literature José Martí.
Year | 96
Scholarship French Goverment Honours Award.
White Ravens, awarded by the International Library of Munich, Germany, El árbol de los flecos, Sudamericana.
ALIJA Honour List for Illustrations 1996. Honor Figures Futur fur illustrations (France) 1996. El árbol de los flecos. Perla Suez. Illustrations: María Roja.
Year | 77
Research Scholarship in Literature, to work in Paris at International Center of Pedagogical Studies of Sèvres.
Key week for argentinian children’s literature
March 26, La Nación. – Link
A book by Perla Suez, illustrated by Natalia Colombo, is postulated between the ten best books in the world.
March 23, Telam. By Maria Claudia Lorenzon – Link
A book by Perla Suez is chosen between the 10 best books in the world
March 23, La Nueva Mañana. – Link
Countdown to Filba
March 11, La Voz del Interior. By Redacción VOS – Link
How do writers use the dictionary?
February 18, La Voz del Interior. By Carlos Schilling – Link
Perla Suez, The arrest and History as a mirror
December 21, Hoy Día Córdoba. By Ariel Toledo – Link
Christmas special. The season’s novels. J. A. Masoliver Ródenas’s favorites
December 16, Culturas La Vanguardia – Link
The coffee grounds don’t erase words
November 12, Puntal Villa María. By Iván Wielikosielek – Link
We are X-rayed by the past, it’s what we are. Interview.
May 23, Clarín. By Daniela Pasik. – Link
“We have to paddle against the current of cultural emptying”. Interview
April 30, Tiempo Argentino. By Fernando Capotondo – Link
Family bonds. Review of Letargo.
March 28, Revista Arcadia. By Martín Franco Vélez. – Link
Argentinian writers prepare to go to international fairs
September 13, Clarín. By Susana Reinoso – Link
Presence of local authors at the Buenos Aires Book Fair
April 25, La mañana de Córdoba. – Link
A desert without barbarians
November 09, La gaceta UdeG. By Roberto Estrada – Link
Perla Suez presents this thursday her last book
June 03, Ciudad Equis. By Eugenia Almeida – Link
Interview with Perla Suez: fiction for the source
May 30, Los Andes. By Patricia Slukich – Link
Perla Suez: “I believe in the power of well-constructed stories”
May 25, La Nación. By Natalia Blanc. – Link
“I wanted to build a western Patagonia”
May 18 de 2015, Página/12. By Silvina Friera – Link
The desert portrayed with beauty, violence and magic of dreams
April 20, Telam. By Claudia Lorenzon – Link
“One will never achieve what you really have wanted to tell”
February 15, Revista Ñ. By María Luján Picabea – Link
Perla Suez portrait: things by their name
December 11 2014, Ciudad Equis. By Eugenia Almeida – Link
“I want to emphasize in young writers from Córdoba”
March 20 2014, Ciudad Equis. By José Playo – Link
“Much more tan summer reading”
February 07 2014, Revitsa Ñ. By Perla Suez. – Link
Reading between the lines
January 2014, Revista Deodoro. By Perla Suez. – Link
“Everything is based in the quality of works” About the Nationals Awards
October 1st 2013, Página/12. By Silvina Friera. – Link
Perla Suez: Argentina’s National Prize for Novel 2013
30 de septiembre de 2013, Telam Agency. – Link
“Brothers by blood”, about Humo rojo (Red smoke)
October 2012, Revista Ñ. By Margara Averbach. – Link
“Disunited brothers”, about Humo rojo (Red smoke)
August 2012, adn Cultura, La Nación. By Willy G. Bouillon. – Link
“Stories of invisible beings”, about Red smoke
Interview in Ciudad X magazine, August 2012.
“Open wounds”, about Red smoke
Interview in Página/12, July 2012.
“The children of the land”, about Red smoke
Interview in Suplemento Radar, July 2012.
Perla Suez, a writer of few words
Interview in Rumbos magazine, December2011
Reference to Letargo In “Aquí América Latina. Una especulación”. By Josefina Ludmer, July of 2010. Eterna Cadencia