Fernando Travesí

Fernando TravesíFernando Travesí is a Spanish writer and playwrighter, and winner of the National Theatre Calderon de la Barca (2001) for Ilusiones Rotas (“Broken Illusions”). This work was published by the Ministry of Culture, and premiered in Madrid and went on tour to several Spanish cities. Additionally, he is co-author of the theatrical production Tú, come bollos that also toured various stages including the Muestra de Teatro Español de Autores Contemporáneos. In 2012 he premiered his last play in Madrid: Palabras de amor, sangre en la alfombra (“Words of love, blood on the carpet”).

In other narrative fields, he has written Peter, Niño Soldado (Ed. Martínez Roca, Grupo Planeta, 2004), which narrates in first person the testimony of a child soldier during the war in Sierra Leone and the subsequent rehabilitation process with the Spanish Red Cross.

In June 2013 his manuscript La vida imperfecta (“The imperfect life”) was unanimously awarded by a jury of renowned Colombian writers with the Premio de Novela Corta (Short Novel Prize) organised by the publishing house Fondo de Cultura Económica (Colombia).

He is also a regular contributor to the magazine Arcadia (www.revistaarcadia.com) a prestigious Colombian cultural magazine that hosts his blog, En busca del blog perdido.

For more than fifteen years Travesí has been dedicated to international cooperation in conflict stricken countries. He has worked in Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Serbia for the NGO Movimiento por la Paz (Movement for Peace), coordinating programmes to help refugees and displaced persons from the Balkan conflict that occurred after the collapse of former Yugoslavia. And, as already mentioned, he has worked in Sierra Leone in the rehabilitation project for child soldiers. He worked aswell during the wars of Nepal and Colombia for the International Committee of the Red Cross, directing actions to protect civilians and collecting and documenting cases of violations of International Humanitarian Law. He has also been head of transitional justice in Colombia for the United Nations Development Programme.

He currently lives in New York and works as Deputy Director of Programmes for the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), an international non-profit organization specialised in accompanying communities to confront the legacy of massive human rights violations, promoting measures to clarify the truth, accountability, combating impunity and reparation for the victims. (www.ictj.org/es).


Las formas del olvido

Synopsis: What happens to things we forgot? Where end up those people, moments and places we are incapable to remember? Maybe all of them remain floating in the invisible world of things that are never told nor thought.
Lucrecia Quirós arrives to the end of her life carrying secrets she has tried to forget, unsuccessfully. Her children, Alfonso and Silvina, meet each other again between popular attention and surrounded by a mess of success and scandal, applause and boos, flattery and scorn. Trapped by an invisible legacy that condemns them without realizing, and while they wander around stages, dressing rooms, courts and boards, they will try to arrange their present and build up a future they can live with.
But, if time passes by and each moment is only a bridge between past and future, if life consists in changing experiences in memories, if history and memory are selective and our memories are always incomplete, then nothing we tell and nothing we are told is truly faithful to what really happened.

La vida imperfecta

Synopsis: A phone ringing in the middle of the night is always worrying. And it never brings good news. The ring of the phone abruptly breaks Lorenzo Argüelles’s dreams. His partner sleeps naked beside him. His ex-wife bursts into his rest with bad news: Javier, their teenage son, is missing. What should be a pleasant summer night becomes a search scene without a compass as the minutes pass heavily.

While they search, they will discover things they had never known.

While they wait for him, their lives will change forever.

“In La vida imperfecta, seventeen year old Javier disappears. His track is lost in the big city. Just like that. His parents, separated and separately, begin to search for him. That night becomes an extreme learning through life experience”, says the author of the winning novel.

Published in 2015 in Spanish by Ediciones de la Isla de Siltolá. Rights available in other languages.


Cartel IlusionesRotasFernando Travesí la vida imperfectaPeterNiñoSoldado

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