General Presentation:

The Colombian writer Santiago Gamboa was born in Bogota in 1966. He studied Literature at Colombia National University before settling in Spain, where he studied Hispanic philology at the University of Madrid. He then went on to take a literature course at Paris 3 Sorbonne University, where he obtained a Doctorate of Literature. He lived in Paris for several years, working as a reporter for the RFI (Radio France Internationale) Spanish language service, then as a correspondent for the Spanish daily newspaper El tiempo, before being appointed cultural attaché to the Colombian embassy at UNESCO. Santiago is the author of several novels, all of which have been translated into French and published by Editions Métailié. In 2004, his book Perdre est une question de méthode was adapted to the big screen by the director Sergio Cabresa. In 2009, his novel Necropolis was awarded the La Otra Orilla Literary Award in Bogotá by unanimous decision of the jury. Santiago Gamboa participated, along with 11 other Colombian writers (including Fernando Vallejo Rendon, Juan Gabriel Vasquez and Antonio Ungar), in the 2010 edition of "Les belles étrangères, Rencontre avec 12 écrivains colombiens", with the 12 writers concerned travelling around France between 8th and 20th November 2010 to meet readers with a view to promoting Colombian literature.

Select bibliography

  • Necropolis. 2009 (Nécropole 1209 translated by François Gaudry, 2010)
  • Le siège de Bogotá, trad. par Claude Bleton, Métailié, 2007
  • El sindrome de Ulisis. 2005 (Le syndrome d’Ulysse translated by Claude Bleton, Métailié, 2007)
  • Vida feliz de un joven llamado Esteban. 2000 (Esteban le héros translated by Anne-Marie Meunier, Métailié, 2003)
  • Los Impostores. 2002 (Les captifs du lys blanc translated by Claude Bleton, Métailié, 2002)
  • Perder es cuestion de método. 1997 (Perdre est une question de méthode translated by Anne-Marie Meunier, Métailié, 1999)


Prizes and distinctions

2009 : Prix La Otra Orilla for his novel Necropolis

@La Médiathèque Caraïbe

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