Eduardo Mendoza Garriga
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Born in Barcelona, Spain, he studied law in the first half of the 1960s and lived in New York City between 1973 and 1982, working as interpreter for the United Nations, and then tried to become a lawyer and then he realized that he wanted to be a writer.
In 1975 he published his very successful first novel, La verdad sobre el caso Savolta (The Truth about the Savolta Case), where he shows his ability to use different resources and styles. The novel is considered a precursor to the social change in the Spanish post-Franco society and the first novel of the transition to democracy. He describes the union fights from the beginning of the 20th century, showing the social, cultural and economic reality of the Barcelona at the time. A year later he was awarded the Critic Prize.
His most acclaimed novel is probably La ciudad de los prodigios (The City of Marvels, 1986), about the social and urban evolution of Barcelona between the Universal Expositions of 1888 and 1929. It was adapted to the screen by Mario Camus in 1999.
In 1992, he published his novel, El Año del Diluvio (The Year of the Flood), which tells of the inner conflicts faced by Sister Consuelo after she meets and falls in love with Augusto Aixelâ, with very evocative descriptions of the post-(civil)war deprivations prevailing in Spain at that time.
In 1996, he published his third major Barcelona novel, this time set in the 1940s, Una comedia ligera (A Light Comedy).
Also within Mendoza's work stands the saga of the mad detective, a peculiar character, an unnamed accidental-detective locked up in a mental hospital. The first of these novels, El misterio de la cripta embrujada (The Mystery of the Bewitched Crypt, 1979) is a parody with hilarious moments mixing detective stories with gothic narrative.
In the second novel of the saga, El laberinto de las aceitunas (The Labyrinth of the Olives, 1982) he confirms his talent as parodist; the novel is one of his most successful works. The third novel of the saga, La aventura del tocador de señoras (The Adventure of the Powder Room) and the fourth one, El enredo de la bolsa y la vida were published in 2002 and 2012, respectively. The 5th novel will be released in October 2015 under the name of "El secreto de la modelo extraviada".
The newspaper El País published two of his novels by instalments, Sin noticias de Gurb (No Word from Gurb, 1990) and El último trayecto de Horacio Dos (The Last Journey of Horatio Dos, 2001), both of them science fiction comedy novels.
In October 2010, he won the literary prize Premio Planeta for his novel Riña de gatos. Madrid, 1936. In December 2013, he won the European Book Prize (fiction) for Riña de gatos. In June 2015, he won the Franz Kafka Prize. And in 2016 he won Premio Cervantes.
- 1975: La verdad sobre el caso Savolta
- 1978: El misterio de la cripta embrujada (1st novel from the anonymous detective series)
- 1982: El laberinto de las aceitunas (2nd from the anonymous detective series)
- 1986: La ciudad de los prodigios
- 1989: La isla inaudita
- 1991: Sin noticias de Gurb (published in episodes by El País)
- 1992: El año del diluvio
- 1996: Una comedia ligera
- 2001: La aventura del tocador de señoras (3rd novel from the anonymous detective series)
- 2002: El último trayecto de Horacio Dos (published in episodes by El País)
- 2006: Mauricio o las elecciones primarias
- 2008: El asombroso viaje de Pomponio Flato
- 2010: Riña de gatos. Madrid 1936 (Premio Planeta)
- 2012: El enredo de la bolsa y la vida (4th novel from the anonymous detective series)
- 2015: El secreto de la modelo extraviada (5th novel from the anonymous detective series)
- 2009: Tres vidas de santos (La ballena, El final de Dubslav and El malentendido)
- 2011: El camino del cole (children's book)
- 1986: Nueva York
- 1989: Barcelona modernista, co-written with his sister Cristina
- 2001: Baroja, la contradicción (biographic essay)
- 2007: ¿Quién se acuerda de Armando Palacio Valdés?
- La nueva novela de Eduardo Mendoza aparecerá el 27 de octubre
- Eduardo Mendoza aterriza en el Planeta
- "European Book Prize: promoting European values". europa.eu. 5 December 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
- Daniela Uherková (June 2, 2015). "The Laureate of the Franz Kafka Prize 2015 is the Spanish Writer Eduardo Mendoza". SPOLEČNOST FRANZE KAFKY. Retrieved June 3, 2015.