Xuan Bello

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Xuan Bello Fernán (born 1965 in Tineo, Asturias, Spain) is a poet and one of the best-known contemporary Asturian writers.[1][2]

Life and work[edit]


In 1982, at barely 16 years old, he published his first book of poems in Asturian, Nel cuartu mariellu. His poetic works, apart from those published in university magazines and in Lletres asturianes, continued with El llibru de les cenices (1988), Los nomes de la tierra (1991), El llibru vieyu, with which he won the Teodoro Cuesta prize for poetry in 1993, and Los Caminos Secretos (1996). In 1999 he published a bilingual anthology (asturian-Spanish) of his poetry, with the title La Vida Perdida.

Newspapers and magazines[edit]

Bello has also done numerous translations, especially of Portuguese authors, and has collaborated on magazines such as Clarín, Adréi and Zimbru, having co-founded the last two with Berta Piñán and Esther Prieto, respectively. He also has been published in the newspapers La Nueva España and El Comercio and the weekly Les Noticies, of which he has been the director since 1997. In 2005 he founded Xunta d'Escritores Asturianos ("Congress of Asturian Writers").

Critical acclaim[edit]

His literary fame outside of the Asturian community came with his Spanish language translation of his own Hestoria Universal de Paniceiros, for which he received the Ramón Gómez de la Serna prize and which was one of the most critically acclaimed Spanish books of 2003.

List of published works[edit]


  • Nel cuartu mariellu (1982)
  • Llibru de les cenices (1988)
  • El llibru vieyu (1994)
  • Los caminos secretos (1996)
  • La vida perdida (1999)


  • Como facer L'Habana ensin salir d'Asturies (1998)
  • Ríu arriba (1998)
  • La bola infinita (2000)


  • Pantasmes mundos, laberintos (1996)
  • La memoria del mundu (1998)
  • Historia universal de Paniceiros (2002)
  • Los cuarteles de la memoria (2003)
  • Meditaciones nel desiertu (2003)

Children's literature[edit]

  • El nuberu ye bona xente (2003)



  • Alfaya (dictated material from Berta Piñán (1989))
  • L'alborá de los malvises (Critical edition of the work of Constantino Cabal (1999))
  • El sentimientu de la tierra (Anthology of contemporary asturian literature (1999))


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