Carmen Posadas

Carmen Posadas was born in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, in 1953. She moved to Madrid at the age of twelve as her father was appointed ambassador to Spain. She also spent parts of her childhood in Buenos Aires, London and Moscow. At the age of nineteen she discontinued her studies at Oxford to get married. Following a ten-year period as a housewife and mother of two daughters she embarked on a literary career, writing children’s books. »El señor Viento Norte« (1983; Eng. »Mister North Wind«, 1986) was awarded a prize by the Ministry of Culture as the most beautifully edited children’s book of 1984. Since then she has published around twenty titles in this genre.

Posadas’ rise to fame, however, was thanks to her humorous novels that are full of suspense and which show the influence of Anglo-Saxon literature as well as being entertaining and literary in quality. »It’s important to establish two levels of reading. Thus, for instance, the narrative threads of intrigue and other complex elements such as social satire or character studies. Those are my ingredients, as if it were a recipe for cooking«, pr ofessed Posadas in an interview. Her first novel, »Cinco moscas azules« (1996; Eng. »The Last Resort«, 2005), is an ironic portrait of high society and tells of gossip and schmooze, intrigues and murder. A penniless bon vivant who wishes to bring an end to his life after his last vacation at a luxury hotel is infected with a new joie de vivre by his adventurous niece. Posadas received the renowned Premio Planeta for her next novel, »Pequeñas Infamias« (1998; Eng. »Little indiscretions«, 2003). In the manner of Agatha Christie, it describes a gathering at a wealthy art dealer’s summerhouse that ends with the murder of the celebrity chef, whose expertise is not only to be found in the art of cooking but also in the explosive secrets of the pr esent guests. The novel »La Bella Otero« (2001; t: The beautiful Otero) which tells the story of a dancer, successful in the twenties and enjoyed in the most important theatres of Europe and America, is being made into a feature film.

Posadas herself has written several scripts for film and television. She presented the programme »Entrelíneas« on Spanish TV and has written essays, newspaper articles, plays for children and last but not least a large number of short stories, including the collection »Nada es lo que parece« (1997; t: Nothing is what it seems). Her work has been translated into over twenty languages and has appeared in around fifty countries.

Following her latest novel, »Juego de niños« (2006; t: Children’s game), Posadas recently published a collected volume of nineteen short stories from the past thirty years. The author has been living in Madrid since 1986.

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