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Colombia’s Urban Underworld: Through the eyes of Jorge Franco

Updated: Oct 7


Learn about Colombia’s Urban Underworld through an intimate conversation between renown Colombian writer Jorge Franco and Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, Francisco Santos Calderon.


Franco will talk about his creative process and the way he captures reality in his books where drama and the magnificent and powerful role of women is always present.


Born in Medellín in 1962, Jorge Franco always had a fascination for the urban world in his native city, where social classes have collided and transformed in a sometimes-tempestuous environment.


Franco, studied film at the London International Film School and Literature at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. He began his career as a writer in 1991 and was awarded the Pedro Gómez Valderrama National Narrative prize for the short story collection Maldito amor.

His first novel, Mala Noche, won the Ciudad de Pereira National Novel Competition, and his 2014 effort El mundo de afuera won the prestigious Premio Alfaguara de Novela. A precocious entrant onto the stage of Latin American letters, Franco is now established among the most prominent Colombian writers.


The event is part of the Plan to Promote Colombia Abroad, a tool of cultural diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, which seeks to support the achievement of the foreign policy goals of the Colombian State.


When: Thursday October 15th, 2020 at 7 pm ET

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