Julián Ríos

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Julián Ríos (born 1941 in Vigo, Galicia) is a Spanish writer, most frequently classified as a postmodernist,[1] whom Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes has called "the most inventive and creative" of Spanish-language writers.[2] His first two books were written à deux with Octavio Paz.

His best known work, experimental and heavily influenced by the verbal inventiveness of James Joyce,[3] was published in 1983 under the title Larva.

Julián Ríos currently lives and works in France, on the outskirts of Paris.


In Spanish

  • Puente de alma, Ed. Galaxia Gutenberg, 2009
  • Quijote e hijos, Ed. Galaxia Gutenberg, 2008
  • Larva y otras noches de Babel. Antología. Ed. F.C.E., 2008
  • Cortejo de sombras, Galaxia Gutenberg, 2008
  • Nuevos sombreros para Alicia, Seix Barral, 2001
  • La vida sexual de las palabras, Ed. Seix Barral, 2000
  • Solo a dos voces, Ed. F.C.E., 1999
  • Monstruario, Seix Barral, 1999
  • Epifanías sin fin, Ed. Literatura y ciencia, 1995
  • Amores que atan o Belles letres, Siruela, 1995
  • Sombreros para Alicia, Muchnik Editores, 1993
  • Poundemonium, Ed. Llibres del Mall, 1985
  • Larva. Babel de una noche de San Juan, Ed. Llibres del Mall, 1983

In English

  • Loves That Bind
  • Monstruary
  • Kitaj: Pictures and Conversations, about U.S. artist R. B. Kitaj
  • Poundemonium
  • Larva: A Midsummer Night's Babel
  • Procession of shadows. Translated by Nick Caistor. Dalkey Archive Press. 2011. 


  1. ^ Interview with Julián Ríos, Context, University of Illinois.
  2. ^ La era Ríos, Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2 April 2008.
  3. ^ The Sexual Life of the words by Julian Rivers by Elsa Dehennin - Centro Virtual Cervantes Dennehin calls Ríos "the Spanish Joyce", p. 67