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, graduate of the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.
She was the recipient of fellowships from the French government and worked at the International Centre for Educational Studies of 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 (Dissemination and Research Center of Children’s Literature). 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.
As writer, she has a lot of publications for children and young adults: Dimitri en la Tormenta, Memorias de Vladimir, Un golpe de buena suerte, El viaje de un cuis muy gris, and Tres pajaritos. In 1997, she received an Honorable Mention for the World Children’s Literature Prize José Martí in recognition of her contributions to children’s literature. In 1998, she was invited to participate as a jury member for the Octagonal International Prize for Children’s Literature, CIELJ, in Paris, France.
Her novel for young adults, Memorias de Vladimir, published in 1992, won the White Ravens Prize, 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 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 2001, she was named a Finalist of Rómulo Gallego’s Prize for her Letargo, in the same year she published El Arresto, and in 2004, Complot, which was a first place finalist in the International Novel Prize Grinzane Cavour – Montevideo, 2005, Grinzane Cavour Foundation, Torino, Italy.
In 2008, the publication of the Trilogía de Entre Ríos (consisting of Letargo, El arresto and Complot), won the International Novel Prize Grinzane Cavour-Montevideo, Grinzane Cavour Foundation, Torino, Italy, and was translated and published in italian under the title I fiumi della memoria. The trilogy was also translated to english and published as The Entre Ríos Trilogy. The city government of Buenos Aires granted in 2013 the First Municipal Novel Prize Biennium 2006-2007 for the trilogy.
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. This novel has also been translated into english and french, published under the Dreaming of the Delta and La passagère titles respectively. The french edition was presented in March 2012 at the Paris Book Fair and Book Fair in Brussels.
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.
Her novel for adults, Humo Rojo, was 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 her books El hombrecito de polvo, Las flores de hielo y Espero was published; and also her last novel for adults El país del diablo, the book was awarded by the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize, Guadalajara, México.
Her last illustrated book, Uma, was edited in july 2016. A new edition of El arresto y Complot is coming soon; and Editorial Opera will translate to greek Humo rojo, and to macedonian a version of El país del diablo (Vostok). She is actually working on a new novel.
Year | 15
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize 2015, Guadalajara International Book Fair, El país del diablo, Edhasa 2015
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.
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