She studied biology at Essex University and design at the St. Martin’s School of Art in London. She worked as a designer at various advertising agencies, she was also an art director and editor of the fashion magazine Elle. Her stories have appeared in different publications, among them the newspapers El País and El Mercurio. Her first novel, El revés del alma (The Other Side of the Soul), was published in Spain and Latin America, with nine editions to date. La mujer de mi vida (The Woman of My Life) has been translated into fourteen languages and published by some of the most prestigious publishing houses in Europe, and was favorably received by readers and critics alike.
"One of the most important authors of the first years of the XXI century in Chile. "
"Carla Guelfenbein has created a powerfully authentic voice."
THE INDEPENDENT. ENGLAND
"Carla Guelfenbein is a steely truth teller. "
FINANCIAL TIMES. ENGLAND
"An infrequent authenticity in the current narrative."
"Her writing is immensely deep. "
"Her prose is clean, dominated by the drive of precision."
CUADERNOS DEL SUR, DIARIO CÓRDOBA SPAIN
"Carla Guelfenbein´s prose belongs to the high spheres of writing."
"Her style, precise and sober, keeps her writing away from any melodrama."
"Remarkable fluency of style and sensuality."
REVISTA DE LIBROS EL MERCURIO. CHILE
"As Carla Guelfenbein demonstrates in this intricately woven novel, the pursuit of individual fulfilment and happiness can lead ineluctably to tragedy. Subtle, clearsighted, and compassionate."
J M COETZEE
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ALFAGUARA PRIZE 2015 With You in the Distance tells the story of Emilia, a young French student of Chilean origin who goes to Santiago to work on a thesis about the mysterious, elusive...
Tommy is twelve years old, is as tall as a child of eight, and has a bad heart. Recording the conversations of adults, he learns that his mother did not die of an illness, as he had been told, but...
A friendship that turns out to be a love triangle full of love, misunderstandings, betrayals and hope. Written through the voice of a man and alternated with Clara's diary, Guelfenbein tells a...
Ana, a prestigious photographer living in London, goes back to Chile for the first time in twenty-one years. She is leaving behind her relationship with an attractive English scientist, and...