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Jesús Fernández Santos

  • Jesús Fernández Santos © EFE

    Jesús Fernández Santos © EFE






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" Writer. A member of the generation of 1950, his work is an example of the Spanish social novel."

He was born in Madrid in 1926, and graduated in Philosophy and Literature at the Complutense University in Madrid: He worked with the Spanish University Theatre as author and director. His first novel, “Los bravos” (The Brave) was published in 1952 and is an example of the social literature of the 1950s. All his literary work was extremely successful among critics, and he received numerous awards, among them the National Critics' Award for Fiction in 1979 for his novel “Extramuros”. The cinema was another of his great passions. He directed the film “Llegar a más” and presented various documentaries for Spanish Television. He was a film critic for the “El País” newspaper. He died in Madrid in 1988 from a liver illness.


Gabriel Miró Award (1957)
National Critics' Award (1958) (1969)
Nadal Prize (1971)
National Fiction Award (1979)
Fastenrath Award (1979)
Planeta Prize (1982)

Essential works

  • Work of culture - Generic image


    Historic novel by Jesús Fernández Santos in which he brings to the table the erotic-affective relationships between monks and nuns of the same sex.

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Other highlighted works

  • Los bravos (The Brave)
  • Jaque a la dama
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