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Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio

  • Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio © Gonzalo Arroyo / EL MUNDO

    Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio © Gonzalo Arroyo / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Dec 4, 1927

Date of death

Apr 1, 2019

"Novelist and essayist, part of the generation of ’50, received the Cervantes Award in 2004."

Sanchez Ferlosio was born in Rome (Italy) in 1927, where his father, writer Rafael Sánchez Mazas, was a correspondant of the newspaper ABC. He received his Phd in Philosophy and Letters from the Complutense University in Madrid, where he came into contact with Ignacio Aldecoa, Jesús Fernández Santos and Carmen Martín Gaite. All of these are members of the Generation of ’50. Together with Aldecoa assumed the head of the magazine “Revista Española”, where writers of the period are made known. In 1955, he was awarded the Nadal Award for “El Jarama”, a novel following numerous scientific and linguistic studies as a literary milestone of post-war Spain. In 1994, he published “Vendrán más años malos y nos harán más ciegos”, for which he received the National Essay Award. He collaborates regularly in newspapers and magazines. He died in Madrid in 2019.


Nadal Prize (1955)
National Essay Award (1994)
Cervantes Award (2004)
National Spanish Literature Award (2009)
Madrid Region Culture Award (1991)
Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (2014)
Caballero Bonald International Essay Award (2017)

Essential works

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    The Jarama

    This novel by the thinker, linguist and prose writer Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio was a landmark in the Spanish novel of the post-war period.

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    The adventures of ingenious Alfanhuí

    First novel by Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio which interested readers because of its style and absorbing plot.

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    Vendrán más años malos y nos harán más ciegos

    An important essay by the essayist and thinker Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio. A series of reflections designed to champion freedom of thought and the absence of prior taboos.

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