Lina Meruane attended Mount Holyoke as a Foreign Fellow and spent the 1991-1992 academic year at the College. Born in Santiago, Chile, Lina has spent the past decade living in New York, teaching and writing fiction in Spanish. Her works include numerous short stories published in Spanish, English, German and French, and five novels. She has been awarded grants by the Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for Arts, and was awarded the Anna Seghers Prize and an award from the Guadalajara International Book Fair.
The Guadalajara jury explained that Meruane’s most recent novel, Sangre en el Ojo, “presents the intense journey of Lucina, the narrator, through disease, skillfully interweaving the territories of autobiography and fiction, while also notably standing out for its extensive grammatical and syntactical resources – the structure of sentences and paragraphs in itself, the indirect nature of dialogues, the use of the second person in singular as recipient of discourse –, in which the fragility of the body and the integrity of feelings take form.”