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Profile of José Manuel Prieto
José Manuel Prieto was born in Havana, Cuba. He earned his PhD in History in Universidad Autónoma de México and has taught at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica, México City, from 1994 to present. In 2004-2005, he was the Margaret and Herman Sokol Fellow at The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library. Prieto has been the recipient of fellowships from the Sistema Nacional de Creadores, México, January 2003-2005; the Santa Maddalena Foundation in Florence, in April of 2001; and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2002.
As novelist, Prieto is an author of several novels, non-fiction books, articles and essays, and also a translator from Russian Literature to Spanish. His books are (novels) Livadia, Mondadori, Barcelona, 1998, Enciclopedia de una vida en Rusia, Mondadori, Barcelona, 2003, El Tartamudo y la rusa (short stories), Tusquets, México 2002 Treinta días en Moscú (travel account), Mondadori, Barcelona. 2001,and others. Livadia has been translated into more than seven languages with an exceptionally good reception under the title of Nocturnal Butterflies of the Russian Empire. At the end of 2004 the prestigious "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" recommended Livadia as one of the most interesting books of fiction of the year in Germany