Alvaro Bermejo

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Alvaro Bermejo
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Bermejo in 2010
Born (1959-08-01) August 1, 1959 (age 57)
San Sebastián
Occupation Writer and journalist
Language Spanish
Nationality Spanish
Ethnicity Spanish
Citizenship  Spain

Alvaro Bermejo Marcos (born in San Sebastián, on August 1, 1959) is a Spanish writer and journalist.

Early life and education[edit]

Bermejo's birthdate is a rather unusual date in the Basque Country, as it refers to the day that ETA arose. After studying at the University of Deusto he received a degree in History and also received a degree in Anthropology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.


Back in his home town of San Sebastián, Bermejo started his creative career as a performer in the group, 'CLOC'. He was one of the group's founders, along with Fernando Aramburu. His first major award was the 'City of San Sebastián' in 1983 for his story 'The Socialist'. He won the 'Mercer' award five years later in 1988 with a translation into Euskara another of his stories, 'Towards the Dawn - Egunsentirantz'. Between 1983 and 1986 he brought against the newspaper 'The Voice of Euskadi'. In 1988 he began working in the Basque Journal, 'El Diario Vasco', covering sections of interviews and comments as' People ow Word or Living on Line'. In 1998 Bermejo had his first encounter with the sculptor Jorge Oteiza, with whom he maintained a close friendship that decisively marked his personal and creative life.

Committed to his country and its reality, the shock provoked by the murder of Gregorio Ordóñez (July 21, 1958 - 23 January 1995) a popular deputy of the 'Basque Parliament' prompted him to give a speech in a memorable tribute with prominent individuals such as Fernando Savater or Kepa Aulestia. Thereafter, he began to feel the pressure of radical nationalism, and was nearly shot to death like his friends such as former Socialist minister Ernest Lluch and journalist Jose Luis Lopez de la Calle. Bermejo rejected any form of police protection and continued to live in San Sebastian, defending an independent position held by his weekly articles in 'El Diario Vasco'. Between 1996 and 1998 he coordinated the international cycle of conferences 'More than six proposals for the next Millennium', which was attended by thinkers like Noam Chomsky, Fernando Arrabal and François Baudrillard. From 1997 to 2007 Bermejo advised the project 'Under the skin of the other', led by Karin Ohlenschlager and Luis Rico, in collaboration with the Europe Foundation. Since 2006 he is an advisor to the Institute Medialab and the E-Biolab. In 2008 he led a relevant Summer School at the University of the Basque Country, 'Internet, The Last Utopia', attended by prominent individuals such as Stephan Harding, Derrick de Kerckhove and Lynn Margulis. Since 2009 Bermejo began coordinating the San Sebastian node within the network 'Symbiolab', centered on the symbiosis: cognitive, cultural, scientific and environmental. As a writer, Bermejo was released in Spain after the publication of 'The Kingdom of one thousand' (1997), Award City of Salamanca. Before this he had published titles like 'The Sands and Temple' (1985), 'The Madonna of the Storm' (1989), 'The Descent of Orpheus' (1991), 'Varanasi' (1995) and 'The Game of Mandrake' (1996). These four titles gave him the 'National Literature Award of the Basque Government'. In 2001 he won the award 'Ateneo de Sevilla' with La Piedra Iman. In 2008 he returned to win with the chapter on Historical Novel with 'The Gospel of Tibet'. In 2009 he received the 'International Prize Luis Berenguer', of 'El Laberinto de la Atlántida' (The Labyrinth of Atlántida). In 2011 his work, 'The amazing story of gula' was named "Best Corporate Cookbook" in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, considered the Oscars of the culinary literature, sponsored by Gourmand International. This same book was selected as a candidate for the Gourmand Award "Best in the World".


Tales and stories[edit]

  • 1990 - La torre de Casandra Colección Max Aub de Narrativa Breve. Castellón
  • 1991 - La torre de Casandra Editorial Baroja. San Sebastián
  • 1998 - La soñadora Premio Gabriel Sijé. Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo. Alicante

Teaching works[edit]

  • 1992 - E lucevan le stelle Laga Editorial. Bilbao
  • 2012 - Canción de Amor para la Bestia Humana

Travel books[edit]

  • 1993 - Azul, en colaboración con Alberto Schommer

Cook books[edit]

  • 2011 - La increíble historia de la gula Editorial Nerea. San Sebastián. Prólogos de Luis Irizar y Martín Berasategi. Gourmand World Cookbook - España


  • 1986 - Las arenas y el templo Caja de Guipúzcoa, San Sebastián.
  • 1989 - La Madonna de la Tempestad Ed. Arnao. Madrid
  • 1990 - El descenso de Orfeo Arnao. Madrid
  • 1995 - 'Benarés' Edit. ‘Júcar’. Madrid.
  • 1996 - El Juego de la Mandrágora Edit. Junta de Extremadura
  • 1998 - El Reino del Año Mil Edit. Algaida. Sevilla
  • 2001 - La Piedra Imán Edit Algaida, Sevilla
  • 2008 - El Evangelio del Tíbet Edit.Algaida,Sevilla
  • 2009 - Contracorriente Editorial Nerea
  • 2010 - El Laberinto de la Atlántida Edit.Algaida,Sevilla
  • 2011 - El Clan de Atapuerca. Primera Parte. La Maldición del Hombre Jaguar. Prólogo de Eudald *Carbonell. Editorial Anaya. Madrid
  • 2012 - El Amante de Nefertiti. Editorial Algaida. Madrid
  • 2013 - El Clan de Atapuerca. La Elegida del Arco Iris. Editorial Anaya. Madrid

Literary awards[edit]

  • 1981 - Premio Ateneo Guipuzcoano de Poesía
  • 1982 - Premio de relato Luis Buñuel
  • 1985 - Premio de relato Ciudad de San Sebastián
  • 1987 - Premio de novela Ciudad de Irún
  • 1988 - Premio de relato ‘Actual’ (Caracas)
  • 1989 - Premio de novela Pío Baroja / Gobierno Vasco
  • 1989 - Premio de relato Ciudad de San Sebastián
  • 1991 - Premio International de relatos ‘Max Aub’
  • 1991 - Premio de relato ‘Imagina Euskadi’
  • 1993 - Premio de Teatro del Gobierno Vasco
  • 1995 - Premio de novela Pío Baroja / Gobierno Vasco
  • 1997 - Premio ‘Felipe Trigo’ de novela, concedido por la Junta de Extremadura
  • 1997 - Premio de novela breve "Gabriel Sijé"
  • 1998 - Premio de novela "Ciudad de Salamanca"
  • 2001 - Premio "Ateneo de Sevilla"
  • 2001 - Premio "Certamen Periodístico Internacional San Fermín" Pamplona
  • 2007 - Premio de novela histórica “Ateneo de Sevilla”
  • 2008 - Finalista Premio “Solos de Clarín”
  • 2009 - Premio internacional de Novela Histórica Luis Berenguer"
  • 2011 - Gourmand Coobook Award, en la categoría de Best Cookbook Corporate, concedido por Gourmand International, por su libro "La increíble historia de la gula".
  • 2012 - Candidato al Premio Gourmand Best in the World 2011


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