Victoria de Stefano (Rimini, Italy, 1940) read philosophy at the Central University of Venezuela (UCV). She worked in the university’s Institute of Philosophy and taught aesthetics, contemporary philosophy and theory of dramatic structures in the UCV’s faculties of Philosophy and Art. She is the author of the novels El desolvido (1970), La noche llama a la noche (1985), El lugar del escritor (1992), Cabo de vida (Planeta, 1994), Historias de la marcha a pie (1997), which merited her the Municipal Prize for Best Novel and was a finalist of the Rómulo Gallegos Prize, Lluvia (2002), Pedir demasiado (2004), and Paleografías, (2010), which earned her the 2012 Critics’ Award. She is also the author of the essays Poesía y modernidad, Baudelaire, (1984), winner of the Municipal Prize for Best Essay in 1984, and La refiguración del viaje (2005).
‘On a Bad Day in 1979’ is an extract of her novel Historias de la marcha a pie (Caracas: Todtmann Editores, 1997; El otro, el mismo, 2005).