Maria Antònia Oliver

Maria Antònia Oliver

Maria Antònia Oliver was born in Manacor, Majorca, in 1946 and was married to Catalan writer and intellectual Jaume Fuster until his sudden dead in 1998. Together they ran 'La Negra', a detective series for La Magrana publishing house. In addition to a dozen novels in a variety of genres, she has written screenplays, children's stories, and essays, and has translated numerous authors including Virginia Woolf, Herman Melville, and Mark Twain into Catalan. The contrapuntal technique she uses in several books is perhaps best seen in her ambitious novel Crineres de foc (1985) (Manes of Fire) in which she juxtaposes the founding of a mythological city-state with the upbringing of an isolated young girl. Maria Antònia Oliver often takes inspiration from the land and culture of Majorca and finds in its social, economic, and ecological problems a microcosmos which she sometimes uses as a setting for her works. Oliver survived a stroke in 1989 and a heart transplant in July 1997. She was elected Dean of the Institució de les Lletres Catalanes in Novembre 2001 and has been the recipient of a number of literary awards.





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