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Cristina Cubas studied at the University of Barcelona.
Cristina Cubas with her book La habitación de Nona
(Cristina Fernández Cubas changes, in her first novel, The...)
Cristina Fernández Cubas changes, in her first novel, The confined spaces to which we are accustomed to the sinister freedom of the anonymous lands. The result is a year of grace: an original and disturbing adventure that makes us wish a good fire and outside, behind the crystals, a magnificent stormy night.
(Mi Hermana Elba y Los altillos de Brumal is a blatant inc...)
Mi Hermana Elba y Los altillos de Brumal is a blatant incitement to travel. A journey through the paths of memory, through mysterious spaces in which" one is without being," through everyday worlds whose limits are not as clear and strict as it might seem at first.
(No one, at the end of the reading of the El ángulo del ho...)
No one, at the end of the reading of the El ángulo del horror, can be sure not to find that the most common objects, the home, relatives, or friends have acquired an unsuspected appearance. And it is that from the first line we enter a world in which the stillness, the bewilderment, the oddities of everyday life and sometimes apparent nonsense conspire to let us glimpse dark mechanisms of the soul.
("Did Istanbul exist?" one of the characters asked. "Or wa...)
"Did Istanbul exist?" one of the characters asked. "Or was it nothing more or nothing less than a boundless space that we all, at some point, carry on our backs, stuck like a backpack?" But the reader, at this point in the book, already knows that the world has secret drawers, that some thoughts gain a voice, or that nothing, perhaps, is as real as our dreams.
(Cosas que ya no existen is a milestone in the career of C...)
Cosas que ya no existen is a milestone in the career of Cristina Fernandez Cubas, a book that the author conceived as a recount of scenes, characters, journeys and moments of her own life that demanded passage for a sort of memories, and that, imposing themselves as stories, ended up forming a magnificent volume of lived stories.
(They are three delightfully disturbing stories in which, ...)
They are three delightfully disturbing stories in which, as in the best stories of Henry James, apparitions, ghosts or dreams tell us not only about the most hidden interiorities of the individual, also of the irremediable changes in which his life rushes.
(Cristina Fernandez Cubas has been creating one of the mos...)
Cristina Fernandez Cubas has been creating one of the most original universes of Spanish literature, space where the unexpected and every day, the inexplicable and the real, are secretly intertwined to offer an unusual vision of human experience.
(Isabel is a young and skeptical journalist who has commis...)
Isabel is a young and skeptical journalist who has commissioned an article on the world of magic. When she visits the oracle, she undergoes an unexpected and sudden transformation that puts her in an unthinkable place and perspective. Locked in a sphere seen by others as a strange and small creature, Elizabeth feels that she has passed through a door that connects the certain reality she knew with another world and other perceptions.
Cristina Cubas attended the University of Barcelona, where she studied law and journalism. Besides, she graduated from the Escuela Oficial de Periodismo, an official school of journalism, in 1972. Also, Cristina studied Arabic in Egypt.
Cristina Cubas began her writing career as a journalist but has become best known for her "unsettling" and "disquieting" fiction, as it often termed by reviewers. At a young age, her interest in supernatural tales was sparked by her brother's retellings of Edgar Allen Poe and by her nanny's scary stories. Another hallmark of her work is a fascination with enclosed spaces such as attics, drawers, and trunks. Although Cristina Cubas does not like the label "Gothic," it is often applied to her work. In her fiction, Cristina tends to explore the human psyche in the context of a mystery, while at the same time incorporating elements of the fantastic.
El año de Gracia, one of Cristina Cubas's early novels, is full of this sense of the unspeakable. Daniel, a young man, leaves the seminary and is given a "year of grace," a year for traveling, free of obligations by his sister. With this period of freedom, he heads out into the world in search of adventure. Having read Robinson Crusoe and similar action tales, he thinks he can find it by becoming a sailor. But Daniel soon finds more adventure than he had bargained for when he shipwrecked on an isolated island in the Hebrides. This island, which was contaminated by experiments with chemicals during World War II, is home to only a flock of deformed sheep and a mentally and physically troubled shepherd named Grock. Since Grock speaks an eclectic language composed of mixed Celtic and English, Daniel cannot talk to him, but they eventually find other methods of communication. A year later, Daniel rescued by a group of scientists who kill Grock, destroy Daniel's manuscript and forbid him ever to tell anyone about the island.
One of Cristina's best-known works is the short story collection Con Agatha en Estambul, which includes the story "Mundo." The word "Mundo" can mean both "trunk" and "world" in Spanish, and both senses of the word intended. The narrator of the story is Carolina, an aged woman who was sent into a convent against her will at the age of fifteen after she accidentally caught her family's housekeeper having affairs with her father and with the local priest. Carolina brings into the convent with her a carved trunk, full of things for which she no longer has any use, including her mother's wedding dress, which she will never get to wear, and of secret compartments. The nuns within the convent have their secrets as well, especially the supposedly mute Madre Perú.
Cristina Cubas's writings have always received a warm reception from critics and the public and create one of the most original and fascinating literary universes of Spanish literature. Her work also includes a story collection La Habitacion de Nona, Hermanas de Sangre, Todos Los Cuentos, and others. She currently keeps writing.
(Cosas que ya no existen is a milestone in the career of C...)2001
(They are three delightfully disturbing stories in which, ...)2006
(Cristina Fernandez Cubas has been creating one of the mos...)2008
(No one, at the end of the reading of the El ángulo del ho...)1990
(Cristina Fernández Cubas changes, in her first novel, The...)1985
(Isabel is a young and skeptical journalist who has commis...)2013
(Mi Hermana Elba y Los altillos de Brumal is a blatant inc...)1988
("Did Istanbul exist?" one of the characters asked. "Or wa...)1994
Quotes from others about the person
Kathleen M. Glenn: "Fernández Cubas highlights female creativity and the art of storytelling."
Cristina Cubas's husband was Carlos Trías Sagnier.