Eduardo Liendo (Caracas, 1941) is a novelist and short-story writer. He attended the secondary school Luis Espelozín in Caracas and studied at the Moscow Institute of Social Studies (1967-69) but his literary training came primarily as a voracious reader during his years as a political prisoner in the colonial Fortín El Vigía and the Island of Tacarigua (1962-67). He has worked as librarian, promoter and director of the Cultural Extension of the Venezuelan National Library (1976-2001), conducted the narrative workshop of the School of Letters of the Catholic University Andrés Bello (1990-2005), was coordinator of the narrative workshop of the Centre for Latin American Studies Rómulo Gallegos on two occasions, and was guest lecturer at the University of Colorado Boulder (1996). He has been juror in several domestic and international literary competitions, and in 2015 he was made Doctor of Literature Honoris Causa by the Catholic University Cecilio Acosta of Maracaibo. He is the author of El mago de la cara de vidrio (1973); Los topos (1975); Mascarada (1978); Los platos del diablo (1985, winner of the Municipal Prize for Literature); El cocodrilo rojo (short stories, 1987); Si yo fuera Pedro Infante (1989, winner of the National Council of Culture Award the following year); Diario del enano (1995); El round del olvido (2002, winner of the Municipal Prize for Literature); Las kuitas del hombre mosca (2005); Contraespejismo (2007); El último fantasma (2008); En torno al oficio de escritor (essay, 2014); Contigo en la distancia (2014).
‘Patriotic Stuff’ is an extract of the novel Las Kuitas del hombre mosca (Caracas: Alfaguara, Editorial Santillana, 2010).