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Fernando Aramburu

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Fernando Aramburu in 2011

Fernando Aramburu (San Sebastián, 1959) is a Spanish writer.[1] He is the author of the novel Patria (English title: "Homeland"), which deals with terrorism in the Basque Country.[2] His novels and poems have received important prizes: Tusquets, Vargas Llosa NH Prize, National Critics' Prize and National Prize for Narrative Writing.[3]



He graduated in Spanish Philology from University of Zaragoza and has been living and working as a lecturer in Spanish language in Germany since 1985.[3] His 2006 novel Fuegos con limón described his youthful experiences in Grupo CLOC de Arte y Desarte, a surrealist group which published a magazine between 1978 and 1981.[4] He won the Premio Tusquets de Novela in 2011 for his novel Años lentos,[5] and the Premio Biblioteca Breve in 2015 for Ávidas pretensiones.[6]


  • Fuegos con limón (Fires with Lemon) (won the Ramón Gómez de le Serna prize in 1997).[3]
  • Los ojos vacíos (Empty Eyes) (Euskadi Prize in 2001)
  • El Trompetista del Utopia (The Trompetist of Utopia) (made into a film called Under the Stars)
  • Bambi sin sombra (Shadowless Bambi)
  • El artista y su cadaver (The Artist and his Corpse) (short prose writings)
  • Vida de un piojo llamado Matías (Life of a louse called Matias) (children's book)
  • No ser no duele (Not being does not hurt) (short stories)
  • Los peces de la amargura (The Fish of Bitterness) (short stories; won the Mario Varga Llosa NH prize in 2006). Real Academia Prize, and Dulce Chacón Prize.[3]
  • Ávidas pretensiones (Avid Pretensions) (2014)
  • Patria (Homeland) (2016). National Critics' Prize and National Prize for Narrative Writing.[3]
  • Autorretrato sin mí (Self-portrait without me) (2018)
  • Los vencejos (The swifts) (2021)
  • El niño (The child) (2024)


  1. ^ Cruz, Juan (2017-10-17). "Fernando Aramburu, premio Nacional de Narrativa por 'Patria'". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  2. ^ Migelez, Xabier (2020-09-02). "Fernando Aramburu, autor de 'Patria', tras la polémica del cartel de HBO: "Me parece un desacierto"". elconfidencial.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2023-11-13.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Fernando Aramburu - Departamento de Bibliotecas y Documentación del Instituto Cervantes". www.cervantes.es. Retrieved 2023-11-13.
  4. ^ Senabre, Ricardo (20 December 1996). "Fuegos con limón: Fernando Aramburu". ABC Cultural (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Fernando Aramburu, Premio Tusquets por su novela 'Años lento". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 2011-11-29. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  6. ^ "Fernando Aramburu gana el Biblioteca Breve con 'Ávidas pretensiones'" [Fernando Aramburu Wins the Biblioteca Breve with 'Ávidas pretensiones']. La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona. 10 February 2014. Archived from the original on 11 February 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2018.


  • (eus) Arinas, Txema (Berria 10/11/2016), 'Eppur si muove' Archived 2018-08-26 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 25/08/2018.
  • (es) Zaldua, Iban (https://vientosur.info/ 22 March 2017), «La literatura, ¿sirve para algo? Una crítica de Patria, de Fernando Aramburu». Retrieved 25/08/2018.
  • Bedside stories No. 8. - NH Hoteles