PRADA, Juan Manuel de

A Spanish writer and columnist, Juan Manuel de Prada was born in 1970 in the Basque town of Barakaldo but spent his childhood and adolescence in the northwestern town of Zamora.

He has been compared stylistically with Ramón Gómez de la Serna, with whom he shares a taste for subtle irony, and also been categorized among a group of young writers. De Prada, however, has sought to avoid being pigeonholed, defining his style as “barroque, tortured and tactiturn.” He has won numerous awards for his novels, including the 1997 Planeta Prize, 2003 Primavera Prize and 2007 Biblioteca Breve Prize.

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