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Luis Fayad



Born: 16.8.1945
Birthplace: Bogotá
Country of birth: Colombia
Lives in: Berlin, Kreuzberg

Language: Spanish
Working language: Spanish


Luis Fayad was born in Bogotá (Columbia). He studied Sociology at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He lived in Paris, Stockholm, Barcelona and on the Canary Islands. In 1986, DAAD invited him to Berlin, with a fellowship in course of an Artist’s Programme. Since then he has been living in this city, together with his family, as writer and journalist. He had readings and presentations of his work in different Universities and cultural centers in Germany and all over Europe. He published Novels and several collections of short stories. His novel „Los parientes de Ester“ was translated into German, also some short stories in the context of Anthologies.

Los parientes de Ester, 1978
Compañeros de viaje, 1991
La caída de los puntos cardinales, 2000
Testamento de un hombre de negocios, 2004
Regresos, 2014
Los sonidos del fuego, 1968
Olor de lluvia, 1974
Una lección de la vida, 1984
La carta del futuro, 1993
El regreso de los ecos, 1993
Un espejo después, 1995

6 Questions

What brought you to Berlin? Love? World politics? Or was it a coincidence?

Fellowship by DAAD-Artist’s programme

What do you love about Berlin?


What do you miss in Berlin?

Nothing, up to now

What is your favorite spot in Berlin?

Cafeteria „Cafe Tinto”

Would you say you are a different person in Berlin? A different translator? And if yes, in what way?


Which existing literary work do you wish you had written?

A novel about Berlin