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Ana María Matute

  • Ana María Matute © Domenec Umbert / EL MUNDO

    Ana María Matute © Domenec Umbert / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Jul 26, 1926

Date of death

Jun 25, 2014

"Writer. She is considered to be one of the best post-war writers, as well as one of the most prestigious voices in contemporary Spanish literature."

Born in Barcelona in 1926, her childhood was first marked by illness and, later, like that of many, by the consequences of the Civil War. Post-war Spain, seen through the eyes of a young girl, with its horrors, privations and miseries is a recurrent leitmotif in many of her novels. She published her first work, Los Abel. At just 17 she had already written and illustrated her first novel which was published 8 years later. Her work is a personal and unmistakeable combination of reality and fantasy, social condemnation and poetic courage. She became a member of the Royal Spanish Academy in 1997 and received the prestigious Cervantes Award for all her work in 2010. She died in Barcelona in 2014.


Nadal Prize (1959)
National Literature Award (1959)
National Children's and Young People's Literature Award (1984)
Gold Medal for Merit in Work (2000)
Medal of Honour from the Menéndez Pelayo International University (2001)
National Spanish Literature Award for all her work (2007)
Cervantes Award (2010)

Essential works

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    Forgotten king Gudú

    The second novel in the mediaeval trilogy by Ana Maria Matute, dealing with human emotions set against an anti-war backdrop.

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    Just one bare foot

    Ana María Matute, winner of the Miguel de Cervantes Prize, wrote this charming story after a writing hiatus of fifteen years.

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Other highlighted works

  • Fiesta al noroeste
  • Pequeño teatro
  • School of the Sun
  • Los hijos muertos
  • El polizón de Ulises
  • Soldiers Cry by Night
  • Paulina
  • El verdadero final de la Bella Durmiente
  • Toda una vida dedicada a relatarnos el alma humana
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