José María Merino

(A Coruña, 1941) He is a writer and has been a member of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) since 2009. He spent his childhood and adolescence in León and studied law at the Complutense University of Madrid. He began his literary career with poetry, but his work stands out for his narrative and, above all, his short stories, a genre for which he is one of the leading representatives in Spain. His stories, generally of fantasy content, are collected in the volume ‘Historias del otro lugar‘ (Alfaguara, 2010). As a novelist, he was awarded the Premio de la Crítica in 1985 with ‘La orilla oscura’ (Alfaguara). He has also received the National Youth Literature Prize, the NH Prize and the Salambó Prize. Among others, he has also published the novels ‘Las visiones de Lucrecia’ (1996, Miguel DelibesPrize); ‘El heredero’ (2003, Ramón Gómez de la Serna Prize); ‘El lugar sin culpa’ (2007, Gonzalo Torrente Ballester Prize); ‘El río del Edén’ (2012, National Narrative Prize); and most recently, ‘La novela posible‘ (2022). He was awarded the Premio Nacional de las Letras Españolas in 2021. He is a literary critic and writes articles in the magazines Leer and Revista de Libros, and in the newspaper El País.

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José María Merino & Manuel Vilas


Jose María Merino & Manuel Vilas