Juan Marsé (8 January 1933 – 18 July 2020)

descarga (2)Renowned Spanish novelist Juan Marsé has passed away yesterday, aged 87, as announced this morning by Carmen Balcells literary agency.

Juan Marsé’s literary career –one of the most important and attractive in the Spanish narrative of the second half of the 20th century– began in 1958, when, while working as an operator in a jewellery workshop, he began to publish his stories in literary magazines, and won with one of them the Premio Sésamo. This would be the first one of a long list of awards –including, among others, the Premio Biblioteca Breve, the Planeta and the Nacional Prize, that would culminate in 2008 with the Cervantes Award–. Linked to the so-called Generation of 1950 –as were his friends Jaime Gil de Biedma, Carlos Barral and Juan García Hortelano, among others– the narrative world of Juan Marsé is set  in post-war Barcelona the stage of his childhood, where he returns time and again.

Juan Marsé page at Wikipedia.

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