An acclaimed Spanish writer born in San Sebastián in 1872, Baroja was born into a distinguished family of journalists and printers.
In 1900, he published his first book, a collection of short stories titled Vidas sombrías, a work in which many of the themes explored more thoroughly in his subsequent novels were already apparent.
He then traveled throughout Europe and accumulated an impressive library of books on the occult, witchcraft and 19up>th century history.
Baroja’s novels are characterized by a picaresque style and a philosophy of profound pessimism. In 1935, he was elected to the Royal Spanish Academy.
Following his death in Madrid on Oct. 30, 1956, two of his admirers – Ernest Hemingway and Camilo José Cela – carried his coffin on their shoulders.