Carlos Cerda (1942–2001) was born in Chile and lived in exile in East Berlin following the coup that deposed Salvador Allende. In 1985 Cerda returned to Chile where he remained until his death. An Empty House received three of Chile’s most prestigious literary prizes: the Premio Municipal de Literatura, the Premio del Consejo Nacional del Libro, and the Premio del Círculo de Críticos de Arte. Andrea G. Labinger is a professor of Spanish at the University of La Verne, California. Her many translations include Cerda’s To Die in Berlin and Alicia Steimberg’s Call Me Magdalena (Nebraska 2001).