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Lourdes Ortiz
Lourdes Ortiz
Was born in Madrid in 1943, and read Geography and History at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. She was Professor of History and Theory of Art in the Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático in Madrid, where she held the position of Director from 1991 to 1993.
She has contributed opinion pieces on social and political issues to a number of newspapers and periodicals (El País, El Mundo, Diario 16, etc.). She belongs both in age and by philosophical and social conviction to generation ’68. She campaigned actively against the Dictatorship during her university years in the ranks of the Communist Party, which she left following the events of May 1968 in France and the Prague unrest and invasion. Today, she remains at the fringes of active politics, standing up for justice, freedom and equality in as many ways as possible.
Her broad experience and interest in history and mythology through the different religions and her profound knowledge of artistic expression in its many forms from antiquity through to today have served as a source of inspiration. This comes through again and again in her literary work, both in theatre and novels, as well as her essays.
Since retiring from teaching in July 2004, she has participated in a number of literary panels and currently devotes her time to researching and writing, while continuing to take part in colloquia and round-table discussions, debates, keynote lectures and talks.
She is author of numerous plays, including amongst others: Las murallas de Jericó [The Walls of Jericho] (1979), El cascabel del gato [The Cat’s Bell] (1981), Penteo (1982), Fedra (1983), Cenicienta [Cinderella] (1986), Judita (1986), Aquiles y Pentesilea (1989), Electra‑Babel (1991), El local de Bernardeta A [Bernadeta A’s Place] (1994), Dido en los infiernos [Dido in the Hells] (1996), La guarida [The Hide‑out] (1999), Rey loco [Mad King Ludwig] (1999) and Carmen (2002).
She has published the novels Luz de la memoria [Light of Memory] (1976), Picadura mortal [The Deadly Sting] (1979), En días como estos [At Times Like This] (1981), Urraca (1982), Arcángeles [Archangels] (1986), Antes de la Batalla [Before the Battle] (1992), La fuente de la vida [The Fountain of Life] (1995), La liberta (1999), Cara de niño [Child Face] (2002) y Las manos de Velázquez [The Hands of Velazquez] (2006); as well as numerous short stories, including: Los motivos de Circe [Circe’s Reasons] (1988), Fátima de los naufragios [Fatima of the Shipwrecked] (1998) among others published as part of various anthologies. She has also published the children’s piece La caja de lo que pudo ser [The Box of What Might Have Been] (1981).
She has also published the following essays: Larra, escritos políticos [Larra, Political Writings] (1967), Comunicación crítica [Critical Communication] (1977), Conocer Rimbaud y su obra [Knowing Rimbaud and his work] (1979), Camas, un ensayo irreverente [Beds, an Irreverent Esay] (1989), El sueño de la pasión (Los cambios en la concepción y la expresión de la pasión amorosa a través de los grandes textos literarios de la tradición occidental. Desde la Antigüedad hasta el siglo XIX) [The Dream of Passion: Changes in the Conception and Expression of Passionate Love Across the Great Literary Works of the Western Tradition. From Antiquity to the 19th Century] (1997) and Don Juan, el deseo y las mujeres [Don Juan, Women and Desire] (2007).
She has translated works of French literature (Marquis de Sade, Gustave Flaubert, Michel Tournier, etc.) and has furthered the work of various Spanish and other authors around the world.
Her work has been translated into German, French and English, and in 1995 she was a finalist for the Planeta prize for her novel La fuente de la vida [The Fountain of Life].

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Available titles
La guarida
Rey loco
Mad King Ludwig