Carmen Naranjo (born 1930) is the one contemporary Costa Rican writer who has risen to international acclaim. She is a novelist, poet, and short-story writer, who also served in the 1970s as ambassador to India and as the Minister of Culture. In 1996, she was awarded the prestigious Gabriela Mistral medal from the Chilean government. (Gabriela Mistral, a Chilean, won the 1945 Nobel Prize for Literature). Naranjos works have been translated into several languages, including English. Two of her short stories are found in Costa Rica - A Traveler's Literary Companion, which is the best introduction to Costa Rica literature.
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