Clara Janés

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Clara Janés Nadal
Born (1940-11-06) November 6, 1940 (age 73)
Occupation Poet
Language Spanish
Nationality Spanish
Ethnicity Catalan
Alma mater University of Barcelona
University of Pamplona
University of Paris
Notable work(s) Isla del suicidio
Tentativa de encuentro y tentativa de olvido
Rosas de fuego
Notable award(s) Premio Nacional a la obra de un traductor
Premio Ciudad de Barcelona de Poesía
Premio Internacional de Poesía Ciudad de Melilla

Clara Janés Nadal, born in Barcelona (6 November 1940),[1] is a Spanish poet, writer and translator. She is regarded as one of the great love poets of contemporary Spanish literature, a designation given her by one of twentieth century Spain's most respected women writers, Rosa Chacel.[2] Janés's works often employ mystical language and interior explorations in an effort to find union with the "other."

She studied Philology in Barcelona and in Pamplona, where she completed her bachelor's degree, and she received the Maître des lettres from the University of Paris IV: Paris-Sorbonne in comparative literature.[1]

Janés employs multiple genres (poetry, narrative, essay, anthology, translation, photography and music), and her work includes diverse cultural and linguistic facets. She has translated Turkish, Czech, English, Chinese, Persian, Arabic and French authors, and she has explored ancient religious traditions from many cultures. Her work includes translations of the Czech poets Vladimír Holan and Jaroslav Seifert.[1] She has also translated works by Marguerite Duras, Nathalie Sarraute, Katherine Mansfield, William Golding, Ahmad Shamlou, Forough Farrokhzad and Mohsen Emadi.[2] When she translates works from Turkish, Persian, Chinese and Arabic, she is generally assisted by speakers of these languages, which lends her poetic and translation activity a collaborative aspect that corresponds with her interest in connecting with "others". In 1992, she won the Turkish Tutav Foundation Prize for her work with translation. In 1997 she received the Premio Nacional a la obra de un traductor for her translations of Eastern and Central European writers. In 2000, she received the First Category Medal from the Czech Republic. She has participated in several literature gatherings and her works have been translated to more 20 languages. In 1998 she won Premio Internacional de Poesía Ciudad de Melilla for Arcángel de sombra.


  • Isla del suicidio. Poetry.
  • Las estrellas vencidas, 1964. Poetry.
  • La noche de Abel Micheli,1965. Novel.
  • Desintegración, 1969. Novel.
  • La vida callada de Federico Mompou, 1972. Biography.
  • Tentativa de encuentro y tentativa de olvido, 1972.
  • Límite humano, 1973. Poetry.
  • Aprender a envejecer, 1973. Essay.
  • Poemas Rumanos, 1973. Poetry.
  • En busca de Cordelia y Poemas rumanos, 1975. Poetry.
  • Cartas a Adriana, 1976. Novel.
  • Antología personal (1959-1979), 1979. Poetry.
  • Libro de alienaciones, 1980. Poetry.
  • Sendas de Rumanía, 1981. Novel.
  • Eros, 1981. Poetry.
  • Pureza canelo, 1981. Biography.
  • Tentativa de olvido, 1982. Tales.
  • Roig, Montserrat. Before the civil war, 1982. Tales.
  • Pessarrodona, Marta. La búsqueda de Elizabeth, 1982. Tales.
  • Vivir, 1983. Poetry.
  • Fósiles, 1985. Poetry.
  • Kampa : poesía, música y voz, 1986. Poetry.
  • Las primeras poetisas en lengua castellana, 1986. Poetry.
  • Federico Mompou : vida, textos y documentos, 1987. Essay.
  • Lapidario, 1988. Poetry.
  • Creciente fértil, 1989. Poetry.
  • Los caballos del sueño, 1989. Novel.
  • Jardín y laberinto, 1990. Biography.
  • Esbozos, 1990. Poetry.
  • El hombre de Adén, 1991. Novel.
  • Emblemas, 1991. Poetry.
  • Espejismos, 1991. Novel.
  • Las palabras de la tribu: escritura y habla, 1993. Essay.
  • Rosas de fuego, 1996. Poetry.
  • Cirlot, el no mundo y la poesía imaginal, 1996. Essay.
  • Diván del ópalo de fuego, 1996. Poetry.
  • Espejos de agua, 1997. Tales.
  • El persa. Cuento. Tales.
  • Arcángel de sombra, 2000. Poetry


  1. ^ a b c "Clara Janés". (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Clara Janés". Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 

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