Angelina Muñiz-Huberman, Ph.D.


Angelina Muñiz-Huberman is one of Mexico’s best writers, and she has published more than forty-five books of fiction, poetry and essays in recent decades. Her work has been recognized with more than a dozen international prizes, including the Woman of Valor Award from the American Sephardi Federation to the Jerusalem Medal granted by the state of Israel.

“The uniqueness of Angelina Muñiz-Huberman’s historical novel lies in its combination of poetic prose, apparent simplicity, and a happy ending. Within the structure of the archetypal journey of the hero, a Jewish teenager in sixteenth-century Spain manages to avoid the Inquisition by joining a perilous Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He is assisted by a magical muleteer who appears and disappears periodically in different guises until the protagonist and his beloved Miriam are safely settled in the northern town of Safed.

“Although the author’s fascination with Jewish history and her poetic style mark the majority of her books of fiction and essays, I consider Dreaming of Safed to be her most important work and one that contributes significantly to her reputation as one of Mexico’s and Latin America’s most important writers.”
Prof. Seymour Menton (Translator)
University of California

Angelina Muñiz-Huberman was born in Hyères in France to parents who had fled the Spanish Civil War. She converted to Judaism after discovering her Sephardic ancestry. After briefly living in Cuba, in 1942 the Muñiz family moved to Mexico City. She studied at City University of New York and at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and has a Ph.D. in literature. She is a professor of comparative literature at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Muñiz-Huberman won the 1985 Xavier Villaurrutia Award for her short story "Huerto Cerrado, Huerto Sellado". In 1993, she won the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize for Dulcinea Encantada.

Awards and Recognitions
Xavier Villaurrutia Award
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize
Jerusalem Medal
Woman of Valor Award, American Sephardi Federation
A dozen other awards


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