Torrente Ballester was a Spanish writer born June 13, 1910 in the northwestern town of Serantes.
As a young adult he studied in Madrid and also earned a degree in historical sciences in 1935 from the University of Santiago de Compostela.
Javier Mariño, his acclaimed first novel published in 1943, was banned by the authoritarian government that ruled Spain at that time.
His other works include El golpe de estado de Guadalupe Limón, Ifigenia and the trilogy Los gozos y las sombras, which includes El señor llega (1957), Donde da la vuelta el aire and La pascua triste.
Torrente Ballester died in his sleep on Jan. 27, 1999 at his home in Salamanca.