Carol Prunhuber is a writer and journalist born in Caracas, Venezuela to a well-known Venezuelan actress and an American father in 1956. She studied Literature in Caracas and then pursued her Doctorate in Ibero American Studies in the University of Paris. She has written: Agua, silencio, memoria y Felisberto Hernández (Caracas, 1986) and co-authored Femmes: Les Grands Mythes Féminins à travers le Monde (Paris, 1987) Women: Around the World and Through the Ages (USA, 1990). Carol began writing for Spanish-speaking newspapers – later working as a press attaché with prominent diplomats and politicians in Madrid. Carol was a foreign correspondent for El Nacional (Caracas) in Madrid in the 80’s.
She met the Iranian Kurdish leader Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou in 1983. Through the French agency Gamma TV, Carol traveled to Iranian Kurdistan, via Baghdad in 1985 to film the struggle of the Kurds in Iran. Following three years of detailed research and interviews, Carol completed the writing of The Passion and Death of Rahman the Kurd in 1991. It was translated into Turkish and Kurdish in 2009.
This book, twenty years in the making, is a distillation of her passionate concern and a tribute to the charismatic and forward-thinking Kurdish leader.