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José Luis Sampedro Sáez

  • José Luis Sampedro Sáez © José Aymá / EL MUNDO

    José Luis Sampedro Sáez © José Aymá / EL MUNDO

  

Speciality

Literature

 

 

Date of birth

Feb 1, 1917

Date of death

Apr 9, 2013
  


"Economist and writer. A firm critic of voracious capitalism, his economic thought and his political engagement have made him a key figure among Spanish intellectuals in the late 20th century."

He was born in Barcelona in 1917, and spent his childhood in Tangier, and the Spanish Civil War in Santander. At the age of 27 he moved to Madrid and began to study Economics. He obtained his doctorate with special mention in 1946 and then left the university after the deportation of teachers in 1968. He moved to Great Britain, and on his return to Spain in 1972 he occupied the Chair of Ethics at the Complutense University in Madrid. An internationally renowned economist, he has published numerous articles and essays. Better known as a writer, he penned his first book at 19, although it was not published until much later. His novel 'El río que nos lleva' was made into a film in 1988 after an earlier project was censored during the dictatorship. In 1990 he was made a member of the Spanish Royal Academy. He died in Madrid in 2013.

Awards

Calderón de la Barca National Drama Award (1950)
Madrid Region Award for Literary Creation (1993)
Human Rights Award (1995)
Julián Besteiro Award for Art and Literature (2004)
Gold Medal for Fine Arts (2005)
Gold Medal for Merit in Work (2006)
Menéndez Pelayo International Award (2010)
Spanish Order of the Arts and Letters (2010)
National Spanish Literature Award (2011)
 

Highlighted works

  • La sonrisa estrusca
  • El río que nos lleva
  • El amante lesbiano
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