Jorge Edwards Valdés (born June 29, 1931) is a Chilean novelist, journalist and diplomat. He was the Chilean ambassador to France during the first Piñera presidency.
Life and career
During the presidency of Salvador Allende, Edwards reopened the Chilean embassy in Havana, Cuba, but only three months later, the government of Fidel Castro declared him persona non grata. From this episode he wrote, perhaps, his most famous work, Persona non grata (1971).
In June 1994, Edwards accepted the post of Ambassador for Chile before the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which has its headquarters in Paris, a city where Edwards resided for many years. Edwards currently lives in Santiago de Chile.
In 2008 his novel La Casa de Dostoievsky won the prestigious Premio Iberoamericano Planeta-Casa de América de Narrativa, one of the richest literary prizes in the world, worth $200,000.
Awards and honors
- 1979 He entered the Academia Chilena de la Lengua
- 1994 Chilean National Prize for Literature
- 1999 Cervantes Prize
- 2000 Gabriela Mistral Order of Educational and Cultural Merit
- 2008 Premio Iberoamericano Planeta-Casa de América de Narrativa
- 2016 Grand Cross of the Civil Order of Alfonso X, the Wise
The youngest of the Edwards Valdés brothers (Carmen, Laura, Angélica, Luis Germán and himself). Of all them, only Luis Germán is deceased.
Jorge Edwards descends directly from José Miguel Carrera, on his mother's side (Valdés).
- El patio (1962)
- Gente de la ciudad (1961)
- Las máscaras (1967)
- Temas y variaciones (1969)
- Fantasmas de carne y hueso (1993)
- El peso de la noche (1965)
- Persona non grata (1973)
- Los convidados de piedra (1978)
- El museo de cera (1981)
- La mujer imaginaria (1985)
- El anfitrión (1987)
- El origen del mundo (1996)
- El sueño de la historia (2000)
- El inútil de la familia (2004), about Joaquín Edwards Bello.
- La Casa de Dostoievsky (2008)
Jorge Edwards writes for several newspapers in Chile and Latin America (La Nación, Buenos Aires) and Europe (Le Monde, Paris; and El País, Madrid). A large portion of his journalistic work has been collected in two books:
- El whisky de los poetas (1997)
- Diálogos en un tejado (2003)
He has also written essays and biographies:
- Desde la cola del dragón (1973)
- Adiós, poeta (about Pablo Neruda, 1990)
- Machado de Assís (about the Brazilian writer Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, 2002)