Beatriz García-Huidobro

Beatriz García-Huidobro
Author
Narrative
Children & Ya

Beatriz García Huidobro holds a degree in Pedagogy, a post graduate in Psychopedagogy and a MA in Literature. She has worked as a professor, writer and editor. As a writer she has published from adults novels to children and young adults' books. 

Over the years she has also worked as a literary critic, recommending books every week on the radio program “Vuelan las Plumas” and writing monthly literary posts for the newspaper Mensaje. She has also participated as a judge in different book competitions.

There are many reviews, articles of literary criticism and interviews focused on Beatriz’s work. Among them, favourable critical studies by the renowned Chilean writers Diamela Eltit and Sergio Missana, and by literary critics in the US, such as José Promis, José Manuel Vial, Carlos Labbé and Jaime Concha.

Books

Mystery at Los Piñones/Mystery in the Camp/ Mystery at La Tirana

A fascinating series of stories that remind us the best of detective novels. For children ages 10-12.
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Summary

Mystery at Los Piñones: Diego is invited by his cousin's family to spend the holidays in Los Piñones, a small village where they have a house for recreation and that only gets a little bit livelier with the arrival of summer. But all the calm of the place will be disturbed by the mysterious disappearance of the queen of the fair on the very day of her coronation.

Mystery in the Camp: The follow up of the adventures of Diego and his friends. This time the mystery moves to a camp located in the Andes mountains. There, the stories of suspense are intertwined and will keep the readers' interest.

Mystery at La Tirana: In this third delivery, Cósima the girl that Diego and Pablo met at the camp during last September's vacation, invites both of them to a spectacular trip to northern Chile to see the magical desert and the traditional festival of La Tirana. But that trip is overshadowed by the disappearance of important documents.

Category
Children & Ya
Fiction
Text
Beatriz García-Huidobro
Illustrations
Andrés Jullian
Publisher
SM
Year
2009
Language
Spanish
ISBN
978-956-264-599-7/978-956-264-600-0/978-956-264-644-4
Pages
130pp/170pp/172pp
Cover
Softcover
Size
19x12cm

Until No Longer Going and Other Texts

A novel that shows the wounds of sexual abuse in a country that is falling apart.
Summary

This novel takes place during the Unidad Popular, a political alliance period, under the democratically elected socialist president Salvador Allende, and continues until the years following the military coup headed by General Augusto Pinochet in 1973. It narrates the "story of a provincial girl whose natural ingenuity makes her a victim of the deformations of an adult. This narrative situation allows the unfolding of a new vision of the rural world, whose beauty hides the merciless harassment of the landlords over the defenselessness of the servitude, through a language of surprising stylistic elegance and poetic evocative capacity. One of the best novels of the biennium 1996-97"-Handbook of Latin American Studies.

The other three texts titled “Tide”,  “Material Fatigue” and “Japanese Garden” are on different but  similar topics: childhood, desolation, and abuse of power. 

The stylization of the spoken language in the writing makes this novel a masterpiece of feminine and Latin American narrative.

Finalist in the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Mexican literary competition.

Category
Narrative
Fiction
Text
Beatriz García-Huidobro
Publisher
LOM
Year
2013
Language
Spanish
Translations
French
ISBN
978-956-000-428-4
Pages
204pp
Cover
Softcover
Size
14x21,5cm

The Marías

A family saga at the dawn of the 20th century. Five sisters, five destinies, five ways to understand the world and make their way under the shadow of a powerful mother.
Summary

This is the story of a family that emerges thanks to the early vision of the mother determined to ensure the economic future of her children. The narrator knows each detail and without euphemisms, with a stark realism, we confide the story of these characters: men and women apparently “very ordinary”, but at the time of the story they become unique and important.

“A few minutes later a young man rushed in and sat down nearby. Estela felt her agitation and the altered rhythm of her breathing. On the screen, the vampire stalked the girl in a sensual and dramatic way, his shadow hovering over the woman’s white skin as she closed her eyes feeling the pleasure of blood, death, and possession. Estela knew that the man was touching himself, giving himself the pleasure that to her was forbidden and that was now just a few feet away. The tremor reached her gently and smoothly and altered the rhythm of her breathing as much as that of the stranger, who kept his eyes fixed on the actress’s neck, breaking backwards, moaning and falling languidly into the vampire’s arms (…) This time their eyes met like two black cats on the edge of a fence. He got up without letting go and sat next to her. His hand guided hers and that afternoon Estela learned about the secret places on the bodies of men, she distinguished each of the parts and learned to play them in a way that would drive others crazy for many years". 

Category
Narrative
Fiction
Text
Beatriz García-Huidobro
Publisher
Norma
Year
2005
Language
Spanish
ISBN
978-956-300-017-7
Pages
234pp
Cover
Softcover
Size
21x14cm