Sánchez Ferlosio is a Spanish author who was born in December 1927.

The son of writer and politician Rafael Sánchez Mazas and Italian Liliana Ferlosio, he was one of Spain’s leading literary figures in the 1950s.

He began his literary career by publishing short stories in several magazines and, together with Ignacio Aldecoa and Alfonso Sastre, also directed the publication Revista Española.

Sánchez first gained prominence with the publication of his first novel, Industrias y andanzas deAlfanhuí. His masterpiece, however, is considered to be El Jarama, a novel that provides a realistic depiction of a weekend party turned awkward and which was awarded the Nadal Prize in 1955 and the Critics’ Prize in 1956.

Among his most important writings were his articles and essays. In 1994 Sánchez won Spain’s National Prize for Literature in the Domain of Essay and the Ciudad de Barcelona prize for Vendrán más años malos y nos harán más ciegos.

In 2004, he was awarded the Cervantes Prize, regarded as the Spanish language’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Literature, for his complete body of work.


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