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Puértolas is its “Spanish-American author”


A prolific and highly awarded essayist, novelist and writer, Soledad Puértolas is nominated to receive the Liber 22 Award for Writers.

Soledad Puértolas, a member of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language, speaks at the academy February 15 about his new version of Anagrama, ‘Cuarteto’ (‘Quatuor’). Picture: RAE CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By Porter Anderson, Editor | @Porter_Anderson

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Townsend: “Articulating Personal Identity”

IAhead of Spain’s Guest of Honor program to be held at Frankfurter Buchmesse (October 19-23) this year’s Feria Internacional del Libro, “Liber 22” in Barcelona announced today (September 1) that Soledad Puértolas was nominated to win the fair’s prize for outstanding Hispanic-American author.

Writer of novels, essays and short stories, Puértolas has more than 40 books to his credit and in 2011 presented a documentary, This is my land: guided by water.

Having served at the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language since 2010, she presented her recent publication Cuarteto This winter (QuartetAnagrama, November 2021), speaking at the academy with journalist Iñaki Gabilondo on the four themes of the collection: love, passing time, absences and reunions.

Although born in Zaragoza, Puértolas has also lived extensively abroad, both in Norway and the United States. She received her master’s degree in Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature from the University of California, where she was based in Santa Barbara.

Returning to Madrid in the mid-1970s, she served as a consultant to the Spanish Ministry of Culture and ran Ediciones Destino, a publishing house known for its iconic authors including Carmen Laforetm, Miguel Delibes, Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio and Ana María Matute, as well as George Orwell in translation.

Townsend: “These introverted characters”

Books by Soledad Puértolas taken from the pages of Anagrama on his work. Image: Editorial Anagram

A review of Puértolas’ work has been published by Tamara L. Townsend,

In this study, Townsend wrote about how Puértolas uses a particularly incisive interior technique for his characterizations.

“To varying degrees,” Townsend wrote, “characters explicitly reflect on their experiences, and so the narrative is driven less by external events than by the thoughts they generate. During the process of introspection, these introverted characters often reflect on the past as they try to make sense of life.

“Memory becomes an important tool for understanding and articulating personal identity, and it is also linked to other important motifs in stories: illness, frustrations, failures, loneliness, as well as relationships and accomplishments. .”

The presentation of the new book fair award is scheduled for October 6 at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, as one of the flagship activities of Liber 2022.

In the same event, other prizes will be awarded, including:

In addition, an editor, still anonymous, should be rewarded for his career in books.

More books by Soledad Puértolas Anagrama pages about his work. Image: Editorial Anagram

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident member of Trends Research & Advisory, and was named International Business Journalist of the Year at the London Book Fair’s International Excellence Awards. He is editor of Publishing Perspectives. He was previously associate editor of The FutureBook at The Bookseller in London. Anderson was a senior producer and anchor for CNN.com, CNN International and CNN USA for more than a decade. As an art critic (National Critics Institute), he has collaborated with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which is now owned and operated by Jane Friedman.