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Alfonso Grosso

  • Alfonso Grosso © EFE

    Alfonso Grosso © EFE






Date of birth

Jan 6, 1928

Date of death


" Writer. He is considered to be one of the outstanding figures of the ‘mid-century generation’ and a great promoter of the new Andalusian narrative."

He was born in Seville in 1928. The social realism and preoccupation with politics that feature in his early work set him within the ‘mid-century generation’, together with writers such as Ana María Matute, Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio and Juan Goytisolo. His novels ‘La zanja’ (1960), ‘Un cielo difícilmente azul’ (1960) and ‘Testa de copo’ (1963) come from this period. The publication of ‘Inés just coming’ in 1968 marked the start of a new stage in his narrative, characterised by experimenting with form and the elaborate prose that dominates all his works. His writing has been translated into French, German, Rumanian, Swedish, Danish and Czech. He died in Valencina de la Concepción, Seville in 1995.


Sésamo Short Novel Award (1958)
Critics' Award for Narrative (1971)
Alfaguara Award (1972)

Essential works

  • Work of culture - Generic image

    La zanja

    Alfonso Grosso is the author of one of the most typical examples of the novel of social narrative of the second half of the 20th century.

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Other highlighted works

  • Germinal
  • Inés just coming
  • Guarnición de silla
  • Florido mayo
  • La buena muerte
  • Los invitados
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