Carmen Naranjo

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Carmen Naranjo Coto (January 30, 1928 – January 4, 2012) was a Costa Rican novelist, poet and essayist.

Naranjo was born in Cartago, the capital city of the Cartago Province. She received her primary education there at the Escuela República de Perú and her secondary at the Colegio Superior de Señoritas.

She received her licenciatura in Philology from the University of Costa Rica and pursued post-graduate studies at the Universidad Autónoma de México and the University of Iowa.

Naranjo served as Costa Rica's ambassador to Israel in the 1970s and also as the country's minister of culture.[1] She was the author of the Costa Rican system of social security.[2]


  • Cancion de la ternura, 1964
  • Misa a oscuras, 1964
  • Hacia tu isla, 1966
  • Los perros no ladraron, 1966
  • Memorias de un hombre palabra, 1968
  • Diario de una multitud, 1974
  • Cinco temas en busca de un pensador, 1977
  • Mi guerrilla, 1977
  • Nunca hubo alguna vez, 1984
  • El caso 117.720, 1987
  • En partes, 1994
  • Más allá del Parismina, 2001
  • En esta tierra redonda y plana, 2001
  • Marina Jiménez de Bolandi: recordándola, 2002
  • El Truco Florido,

Translations of her short stories into English include:

  • Rosario Santos (ed.), And We Sold the Rain: Contemporary Fiction from Central America (title story in the collection), Seven Stories Press, (2nd edition 1996); ISBN 1-888363-03-7
  • Barbara Ras (ed.), Costa Rica: A Traveler's Literary Companion, Whereabouts Press (1993); ISBN 1-883513-00-6
  • Linda Britt (trans.), There Never Was a Once Upon a Time, Latin American Literary Review Press (1989); ISBN ISBN 978-0935480412
  • Andrés Alfaro (trans.), "Wouldn't You Believe It?" Trinity Jolt Journal of Literary Translation. Vol. 2. (Apr. 2014). Translated from the short story "A qué no me van a creer?" by Carmen Naranjo.


  1. ^ Arizpe, Lourdes; Carmen Naranjo (Autumn 1979). "Interview with Carmen Naranjo: Women and Latin American Literature". Signs (University of Chicago Press) 5 (1): 98–110. doi:10.1086/493686. JSTOR 3173537. 
  2. ^ Agosín, Marjorie (1994). These are not sweet girls: Latin American women poets. White Pine Press. p. 205. ISBN 1-877727-38-5. 

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