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Juan Goytisolo

  • Juan Goytisolo © Javier Cotera / EL MUNDO

    Juan Goytisolo © Javier Cotera / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Jan 5, 1931

Date of death

Jun 4, 2017

"Writer, editor and journalist. National Literature Award in 2008, committed writer and great expert on the Arab world, which he has written about often."

He was born in Barcelona in 1931 and graduated in Law. He published his first book, "Juego de manos" in 1954. Two years later he moved to Paris, where he worked for the publishing house Gallimard. After teaching literature in several US universities, he settled in Marrakech. He is a great expert on the Arab world and many of his books and articles talk about the need for understanding between cultures. He is a politically committed writer and his articles on the wars in Bosnia and Chechnya were published by "El País" newspaper. He translated Blanco White's works into Spanish and published an essay on this author in 1990. He died in Marrakech, in 2017.


National Spanish Literature Award (2008)
Cervantes Award (2014)

Essential works

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    Campos de Níjar

    A work by Juan Goytisolo denouncing the backwardness and poverty of this region of Andalusia.

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    Paisaje después de la batalla

    Written in the form of an introspective reflection, this book deals with the values of present-day society.

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    Marks of Identity

    This experimental work by Juan Goytisolo finds him reconciling with himself.

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Other highlighted works

  • El exiliado de aquí y de allá (2008)
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