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Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

  • Vicente Blasco Ibáñez © EFE

    Vicente Blasco Ibáñez © EFE






Date of birth

Jan 29, 1867

Date of death


" Narrator, politician and journalist. His novels, with a distinctly social tone, fell within the naturalist style."

He was born in Valencia in 1867. He is the author of a vast narrative work. His ideology was republican. He settled in Madrid and suffered two brief periods of exile, during which he came into contact with the French naturalist movement. In 1894 he founded the newspaper “El Pueblo”, which would become his political platform, close to Pi i Margall. He was elected six times as member of the Spanish parliament. In 1914 he published the novel that would lead to him becoming internationally renowned, “Los cuatro jinetes del Apocalipsis” (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse). In 1921, with the arrival of Primo de Rivera’s dictatorship, he decided to retreat to his house in Nice, where he wrote his last novels, of which “La barraca” (The Holding) (1898) stands out. His later books were more commercial than those written during his years of political fight. He died in Menton (France) in 1928.

Essential works

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    La Barraca

    In this novel set in Valencia, the writer Vicente Blasco Ibáñez recreates the world of the Valencian farming communities and the bitter social conflicts which erupted between farm labourers and landowners.

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Other highlighted works

  • Los cuatro jinetes del Apocalipsis (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse)
  • Sangre y arena (Blood and Sand)

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