By James Devitt
January 3, 2013
Sangre en el Ojo, a novel by Lina Meruane, who teaches Latin American Cultures in NYU’s Liberal Studies Program, was recently awarded the Guadalajara International Book Fair’s Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize.
The award, which includes a $10,000 cash prize, recognizes female novelists who write in Spanish and honors the memory of 17th-century Mexican writer and nun, Sor Juana.
Sangre en el Ojo (Blood in the Eye) recounts the tumultuous journey of a writer who goes blind at her arrival in New York City. Originating from an autobiographical event, the text slowly moves into an ominous fiction that questions love’s unconditional nature.
Meruane, a Chilean scholar, writer, and cultural journalist, has authored three other novels—Póstuma, Cercada, and Fruta Podrida—among other works. She has been awarded grants from the Fondo de Desarrollo de las Artes, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has been translated into English, French, Portuguese, German, and Hungarian.
Her Viajes Virales (Viral Voyages), a scholarly essay on the impact of AIDS in Latin American writing, has recently been published by Fondo de Cultura Economica.