Pío Baroja

An acclaimed Spanish writer born in San Sebastián (Guipúzcoa, Spain) in 1872 and died in 1956. He came from a distinguished family of journalists and printers. His brother Ricardo was a painter, writer and engraver, and his nephew Julio Caro Baroja, son of his younger sister Carmen, was a well-known anthropologist.

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.






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