Jorge Comensal and Susana Moreira Marques in conversation

Saturday 5 June 2021 at 1.30pm

Life Interrupted: On Disease and Mortality
Moderated by Daniel Medin, professor of comparative literature and editor
In English interpreted into French

This event will be livestreamed. You are more than welcome to ask questions to our invited writers:
* either directly during the event by sending a question over WhatsApp to this number: +41 79 926 42 51;
* or before the event by sending over a question by email to
Please make it clear to which writer you are directing your question. Thank you! 

Event in English: YouTube Live

Translation into French: YouTube Live


Jorge Comensal, a Mexican writer and journalist, was born in Mexico City in 1987, where he studied literature. He has received grants from the Fundación para las Letras Mexicanas and the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Nexos, Revista de la Universidad de México, VICE, and The Literary Review. He is also part of the Environmental Board of Este País from 2018. His first novel, The Mutations (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016), a tragicomedy dissecting the experience of cancer and its effects on families and society, was a critical success and has been translated into many languages. Jorge Comensal is also the author of an essay about the nature of reading, Yonquis de las letras (La Huerta Grande, 2017).


Susana Moreira Marques, a Portuguese journalist and writer, born in 1967 in Porto, lives now in Lisbon. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Literary Hub, Words Without Borders, Feuilleton, Lettre International, and many other publications. As a journalist she worked for the BBC World Service, Público, Jornal de Negócios, and won several prizes, including the UNESCO Human Rights and Integration Journalism Award. In 2019 she was the recipient of a Grant for Literary Writing, awarded by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture. She is also the author of the memoir Quanto Tempo Tem um Dia (How Long is a Day) and Now and at the Hour of Our Death (And Other Stories, 2012): this work of narrative non-fiction is a record of her travels with palliative care professionals to remote corners of Portugal, and blends reportage, travelogue with meditation on death