Marcela Serrano was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1951. In 1994, her first novel won the Literary Prize in Santiago, and her second book won the Sor Juana In s de la Cruz prize, awarded to the best Hispano-American novel written by a woman. She now teaches at the University of Vicente P rez Rosales in Mexico City.
Margaret Sayers Peden is an award-winning translator and has worked closely with numerous illustrious Latin American writers, including Carlos Fuentes, Isabel Allende, and Octavio Paz.
"Marcela is heir to Scheherazade. In Antigua and My Life
Before, a woman again saves our lives by telling, every night,
a new story. [Her novel] is an answer to the primeval death
surrounding us. Thanks to writers like Marcela, life will never
speak its last word."
"Her novels are wise and brilliantly feminine. To read Marcela
Serrano is to peer into the eyes of every woman in the world."
--Arturo P rez-Reverte, author of The Flanders Panel and The Club Dumas "Serrano's prose is filled with phantasmagoric descriptions and suffused with the lush lyricism that distinguishes the work of Carlos Fuentes and Isabel Allende... With a dramatic plot and rich language, this is a stirring novel that inspires with its political astuteness, feminist ideology and literary quality."
-- Publisher's Weekly