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Jorge Edwards Valdés (born 1931) is a Chilean novelist, winner of the 1999 Cervantes Prize.


Life and career

Jorge Edwards is a Chilean novelist and journalist. He was born on June 29, 1931. He went to Law School at Universidad de Chile.

During the presidency of Salvador Allende, Edwards reopened the Chilean embassy in Havana, Cuba. But only three months later, the government of Fidel Castro declared him persona non grata. From this episode he wrote, perhaps, his most famous novel, Persona non grata (1971).

In June 1994, Edwards accepted the post of Ambassador for Chile before the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which has its headquarters in Paris, a city where Edwards resided for many years.[1] Edwards currently lives in Santiago de Chile.

Awards and honors



Short stories

  • El patio (1962)
  • Gente de la ciudad (1961)
  • Las máscaras (1967)
  • Temas y variaciones (1969)
  • Fantasmas de carne y hueso (1993)


  • El peso de la noche (1965)
  • Persona non grata (1973)
  • Los convidados de piedra (1978)
  • El museo de cera (1981)
  • La mujer imaginaria (1985)
  • El anfitrión (1987)
  • El origen del mundo (1996)
  • El sueño de la historia (2000)
  • El inútil de la familia (2004), about Joaquín Edwards Bello.
  • La Casa de Dostoievsky (2008)


Jorge Edwards writes for several newspapers in Chile, Latin America (La Nación, Buenos Aires) and Europe (Le Monde, Paris; and El País, Madrid). A large portion of his journalistic work has been collected in two books:

  • El whisky de los poetas (1997)
  • Diálogos en un tejado (2003)

Other books

He has also written essays and biographies:


Jorge Edwards is teaching a course at the University of Chicago during the autumn quarter of 2008. The course is entitled My personal history of the boom.[2]

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