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Luis Martín Santos

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Date of birth

Nov 11, 1924

Date of death


" Writer and psychiatrist. He is author of books on medicine and mental health, as well as the novel “Tiempo de silencio” (Time of Silence), one of the masterpieces of Spanish fiction.

He was born in Larache (Morocco) in 1924, although lived all his life in San Sebastian and in Madrid, where he studied Medicine and received his doctorate. He ran the psychiatric hospital in San Sebastian and was a clandestine member of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), for which he was arrested three times. He became a member of the party’s executive committee. He published numerous medical articles, but his literary debut was with “Tiempo de silencio” (Time of Silence), a work in which he depicted the social groups in post-Civil War Madrid from an ironic and critical point of view. He died in a traffic accident in Vitoria in 1964, leaving his work "Tiempo de destrucción" (Time of Destruction) incomplete.


Essential works

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    Time of Silence

    Revolutionary novel by Luis Martín Santos in which he recalls his years of scientific research as a device for presenting the harshness and the economic and social hardship of Spain in the 1940s.

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Other highlighted works

  • Libertad, temporalidad y transferencia en el psicoanálisis existencial (Freedom, Temporality and Transference in Existential Psychoanalysis)
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