Fernando Aramburu (San Sebastián, 1959) has a degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Zaragoza. He currently lives in Germany, where he worked as a Spanish teacher since 1985. Already considered one of the most outstanding writers in the Spanish language, his literary work –he is the author of nine novels and four books of short stories, among other works- has won the Ramón Gómez de la Serna Prize 1997 for Fuegos con limón (Fires with Lemon), the Euskadi Prize 2001 for Los ojos vacíos (Empty Eyes) and, for his short story collection Los peces de la amargura (The Fish of Bitterness), the XI Mario Vargas Llosa NH Prize, the Dulce Chacón Prize, and the Prize of the Spanish Royal Academy 2008. The movie Bajo las estrellas (Under the Stars) based on Aramburu’s novel El trompetista del Utopía (The trumpet player of the Utopia ) was awarded a Goya Prize in 2008 for best adapted screenplay by the Spanish Academy of Cinema. Among his most recent novels, Años lentos (Slow Years, 2012) won the Tusquets Editores Prize for Novel 2011 and was named Book of the Year 2012 by the Booksellers of Madrid, while Ávidas pretensiones (Keen Pretensions) won the Biblioteca Breve Prize 2014. But it is his novel Patria (Homeland), a stunning success among readers and winner of unanimous acclaim (2017 National Prize for Literature, National Critics Prize, Euskadi Prize, Francisco Umbral Prize, International Prize for Journalism, Arcebispo San Clemente Prize, Cambio 16 Prize in Spain among others, the Strega Europeo Prize 2018, the Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa International Literary Prize 2018 and Premio per la Mediterránea in Italy) that has distinguished him as a writer who will left his mark on the era.
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