Maria Luisa Bombal
Maria Luisa was one of the first writers in Latin America to break away from the stifling constraints of realism. She was born into a wealthy family in Chile in 1910, and later studied in Paris where she came into contact with one of the most exciting avant garde movements of the 20th century.
She is now usually compartmentalised by the boring people called critics into being an important influence on the Magic Realist lot. But she's dead so I don’t suppose she’ll be all that bothered by poxy critics.
She shot her husband. I like to think it was because she was angry after he criticised her writing, but she probably had deeper reasons. He didn’t die, so no harm done. Although I'm sure he felt a bit grumpy about it.
She lived in various South American countries but eventually returned to Chile where she died in 1980.
She's also the author of my second favourite story, The Unknown, but she's dead so I don’t suppose she'll be bothered about that either. Her writing carries me into realms where I never feel like an intruder, but rather as if I've belonged there all my life. Though I'm not really sure what I mean by that. Sounds a bit airy fairy.
Works in English
House of Mist and the Shrouded Woman
University of Texas Press (1995)
New Islands and other stories
Farrar Straus Giroux (2001)
brief biography and usual Wikipedia stuff
brief biography and school notes