Carolina Trujillo

At eighteen, Carolina Trujillo (b. Montevideo, 1970) wrote her first novella, in Spanish. After graduating from the Film Academy in Amsterdam, she published her first novel, De bastaard van Mal Abrigo (The Bastard of Mal Abrigo), in Dutch, in 2002. It was awarded the Marten Toonder/Geertjan Lubberhuizen Prize for literary talent. De terugkeer van Lupe García (The Return of Lupe García, 2009) is her second, much praised novel. It received the BGN Literature Prize and was nominated for the AKO Literature Prize. In 2014 she published the novel De zangbreker and in 2017 Vrije radicalen (Free Radicals).

The Return of Lupe García

The Return of Lupe García

(Querido, 2009, 331 pages)

Gono, the narrator, fell in love with Lupe García at school the day he met her. She had returned from exile in The Netherlands, where she and her mother had fled the military dictatorship that, for years, had imprisoned her father in the Penal, a notorious jail. Later, Lupe goes back to The Netherlands to study journalism but visits her country of birth every year. After finishing her studies, she returns to South America, planning to make a documentary about the jail.

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