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Eduardo Mendoza

  • Eduardo Mendoza © Javier Cotera / EL MUNDO

    Eduardo Mendoza © Javier Cotera / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Jan 11, 1943

"Writer. This author is already a classic of contemporary Spanish narrative, and has won various major prizes throughout his prolific career as a novelist."

He was born in Barcelona in 1943. In 1973 he moved to New York where he worked for almost ten years as a translator at the United Nations. His first novel 'The truth about the Savolta case' was published in 1975 to great critical acclaim. Four years later he published 'The mystery of the enchanted crypt', a type of parody of the detective novel where he revealed his more humorous vein. One of his best-known works, 'The city of marvels' appeared in 1986, and narrates the adventures of Onofre Bouvilla, a picaresque antihero, against the backdrop of Barcelona which would become the framework par excellence for many of his novels. Eduardo Mendoza skilfully combines various comic resources with a rich and expressive narrative language.


Critics' Award
Book of the Year Award in France
City of Barcelona Prize
Grinzane Cavour Prize in Italia
Cross of Saint George from the Catalan Regional Governement
Best Foreign Book Award for 1998, in France
2002 Book of the Year Award, from the Booksellers' Guild in Madrid
Novel Prize from the José Manuel Lara Hernández Foundation
Planeta Prize (2010)
National Culture Award from the Generalitat de Catalunya (2013)
International Literary Award Franz Kafka (2015)

Essential works

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    The city of Marvels

    Eduardo Mendoza gives a free account of the ambience in Barcelona between 1888 and 1929.

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    The truth about the Savolta case

    A thriller novel set in Barcelona at the end of the Franco period, with which Eduardo Mendoza began his literary career.

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    A light Comedy

    A novel by Eduardo Mendoza mixing a comedy about bourgeois customs and manners with a detective thriller.

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Other highlighted works

  • The mystery of the enchanted crypt
  • El laberinto de las aceitunas
  • No word from Gurb
  • La aventura del tocador de señoras
  • El último trayecto de Horacio Dos
  • El asombroso viaje de Pomponio Flato
  • Catfight. Madrid 1936.
  • The entanglement of the bag and life
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