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Soledad Puértolas

  • Soledad Puértolas © Domènec Umbert / EL MUNDO

    Soledad Puértolas © Domènec Umbert / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Feb 3, 1947

"Novelist and journalist. She won the Planeta Award in 1989 for her novel “The Night Remains”."

She was born in Zaragoza in 1947. She studied Journalism and Political Science in Madrid. She was an editor for the magazine “España Económica” before moving to Norway and the United States where she lived for a time and worked as a teacher of literature. When she returned to Madrid, she started to publish her first novels, such as “The Twice-Armed Bandit”(1979) and “A Moral Disease” (1983). Her narrative is characterised by the attention given to characters caught in a complex web of fragmentary realities and in an atmosphere of mystery and uncertainty. She has received, among other awards, the Planeta Award for her work “The Night Remains” (1989) and the Anagrama Essay Award, and she has been a finalist for Spain's National Literature Award. She has been a member of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language since 2010.


Sésamo Award (1979)
Planeta Novel Award (1989)
Anagrama Essay Award (1993)
NH Award for Best Book of Stories (2000)
Aragon Literature Award (2003)
Madrid Region Culture Award (2008)
Liber Award (2022)

Essential works

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    El bandido doblemente armado

    A novel by Soledad Puértolas about the fascination of an anonymous narrator with a very peculiar family - the Lennoxes.

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Other highlighted works

  • The Night Remains
  • A Moral Disease
  • Pisando jardines
  • Close to My Mother
  • Story of a coat

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