Jorge Edwards

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Jorge Edwards Valdés (born 1931) is a Chilean novelist, journalist and diplomat. He is currently the Chilean ambassador to France.

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 work, 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. Edwards currently lives in Santiago de Chile.

In 2008 his novel La Casa de Dostoievsky won the prestigious Premio Iberoamericano Planeta-Casa de América de Narrativa, one of the richest literary prizes in the world worth $200,000.

In 2010 Edwards was granted Spanish citizenship by King Juan Carlos.

Awards and honors


Short stories

  • El patio (1962)
  • Gente de la ciudad (1961)
  • Las máscaras (1967)
  • Temas...... ...
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