The Future of Literature is in Their Hands

Art and Culture


They’re young, and they like to write. You might even say they’re passionate about it. They’ve liked crafting stories for a while and, according to critics, they do it wonderfully.

In previous posts we’ve introduced you to chefs and musicians, and today it’s the turn of five young Spanish writers who are getting people talking, and will continue to do so in the years to come. Take note, because Christmas is just around the corner and this recommendation could come in handy.

Cristina López Barrio

 A finalist in the latest edition of the Premio Planeta, one of the biggest prizes in Spanish literature, her name has been in the spotlight for a while now, and even more so in recent month as she was just a step away from winning her first big award with Niebla en Tánger. López Barrio first made a name for herself in the literary world with El hombre que se mareaba con la rotación de la Tierra, a work of young adult literature that was awarded the 2nd Premio Villa Pozuelo de Alarcón for youth novels. With La casa de los amores imposibles (The House of Impossible Loves), she made the jump to adult fiction and reached the international market, achieving significant public success after being translated into 15 languages.

Paul Pen

Pen is practically unknown in Spain, although his books are finding great success in the USA. Although you wouldn’t know from his name, the 37-year-old writer is Spanish, with a Dutch father and Mexican mother. Having always lived in Madrid, he is now based in Alicante. To describe him in a nutshell, he is the biggest-selling Spanish writer in English in recent years: His second book El brillo de las luciérnagas (The Light of the Fireflies) sold 150,000 copies. Make a note of the title of his latest book: La casa entre los cactus – it sounds promising. ;)

Raül Garrigasait

A native of Solsona in Catalonia, Garrigasait is the brilliant winner of the 2017 Premi Llibreter Catalan literature prize for his first book Els estranys, published by Edicions 1984, a historical novel blending fiction and reality. The Premi Llibreter prize is awarded by the bookseller sector, an expert on readers’ tastes and with a good eye for future literary successes.

Jenn Díaz

Díaz hasn’t even reached the age of 30, yet she can already boast many literary acknowledgments, the latest being the Mercè Rodoreda short fiction award, for her Vida familiar. This is a collection of 16 short stories where Díaz feels identified in all of them, except “Mare i filla,” which was inspired by a real story that happened in Santiago de Chile. This is her first book written in Catalan; her four previous works were in Spanish.

Teresa Mateo

For poetry lovers, this 33-year-old Murcia native is an author you won’t be able to put down. Moreover, there’s also the possibility of enjoying her poems for free thanks to her blog. She also just published her first book of poems, Cuando nos repartimos los bares, which has received very positive reviews from various national newspapers.

Five names. Five different styles with the future of Spanish literature in their hands. Why not crack open a bottle, pou

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