Manuel Vázquez Montalbán

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Manuel Vázquez Montalbán
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BornManuel Vázquez Montalbán
(1939-06-14)14 June 1939
Barcelona, Spain
Died18 October 2003(2003-10-18) (aged 64)
Bangkok, Thailand
OccupationAuthor
LanguageSpanish
NationalitySpaniard
CitizenshipSpaniard
Notable worksPepe Carvalho

Manuel Vázquez Montalbán (14 June 1939 in Barcelona 18 October 2003 in Bangkok) was a prolific Spanish writer from Catalonia: journalist, novelist, poet, essayist, anthologue, prologist, humorist, critic and political prisoner as well as a gastronome and a FC Barcelona supporter.

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Biography

Vázquez Montalbán was born in Barcelona on 14 June 1939. His parents did not register his birth until 27 July; many sources show 27 July or 14 July as his birth date. [1] He studied Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and was also a member of the Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia. He spent 18 months in prison after attending a 1962 miner's strike. [2]

He began writing poetry in 1967. He is one of the Novísimos from Jose María Castellet. His poetic works until 1986 are collected in Memoria y deseo ("Memory and desire").

The same characteristic features of his poetry appear in his novels. Los mares del Sur , part of the Pepe Carvalho series, won the Planeta Award in 1979, bringing fame for both the writer and the fictional detective, who would later be portrayed in films, TV series and comic strips. In 1988, he wrote and published a children's book called, Escenas de la Literatura Universal y Retratos de Grandes Autores (English version as "Scenes from World Literature and Portraits of Greatest Authors"), which is illustrated by Willi Glasauer, and published by Círculo de Lectores. This children's book includes fun facts, trivia, and information accompanied by photos and Willi Glasauer's illustrations of the likes of Ramón del Valle-Inclán, Gabriel García Márquez, Hermann Hesse, Agatha Christie, Federico García Lorca, William Shakespeare, Samuel Beckett, Günter Grass, Marguerite Duras, Miguel de Cervantes, Elias Canetti, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Albert Camus, Jonathan Swift, Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, Doris Lessing, Vladimir Nabokov, Jorge Luis Borges, James Joyce, Jean-Paul Sartre, Thomas Mann, William Faulkner, and Ernest Hemingway. [3]

Other narrative works include narrative productions Galíndez (1991), winner of the National Narrative Award; El estrangulador (The strangler) (1994) and Erec y Enide (Erec and Enide) (2002). In 1992 he published Autobiografía del general Franco , which was awarded the 1994 international prize Premio Internacional de Literatura Ennio Flaiano. He also wrote non-literary works in Catalan, notably L'art del menjar a Catalunya (1977). For many years, he contributed columns and articles to the Madrid-based daily newspaper El País .

He died in Bangkok, Thailand, while returning to his home country from a speaking tour of Australia. His last book, La aznaridad, was published posthumously. [4]

Detective Carvalho saga

The first novel featuring the 50-year-old gastronome-detective Pepe Carvalho is Yo maté a Kennedy (I killed Kennedy) in 1972, followed by Tatuaje (Tattoo) in 1975 and La soledad del manager (The Angst-Ridden Executive) in 1977.

The rest of the Pepe Carvalho saga is as follows:

The gastronome

Vázquez Montalbán was also a gastronome. Gastronomical references can be found in all the novels of the Pepe Carvalho series, which include some recipes such as the "rice tagliatelle fideuà" that Carvalho prepares in Los pájaros de Bangkok. He displays all his gastronomic knowledge, with erudition and humility, in Contra los Gourmets (Against Gourmets), an initiation in the world of gastronomy. Contra los Gourmets concentrates on Spanish cuisine, but covers international cuisine, traditional cuisine and nouvelle cuisine. He also considers eating fashions such as "healthy food" and "light products". Other gastronomic works by Montalbán are L'art del menjar a Catalunya (Cocina Catalana), Recetas inmorales (Immoral recipes) and Reflexiones de Robinsón ante un bacalao.

Essays

He wrote essays about journalism, politics, sociology, sports, history, cuisine, biographies, literature or music. His first essay, Informe sobre la Información (Report about Information) (1963) is still one of the best studies on journalism ever published in Spain.[ citation needed ] Some of his other works are:

Awards in his name

To commemorate him, the FC Barcelona Foundation and the Catalan College of Journalists have awarded the Manuel Vázquez Montalbán International Journalism Award since 2004. [5] The award includes two categories:

Also, the Italian writer Andrea Camilleri called his main character Salvo Montalbano in honour of him.

Notes

  1. Izquierdo, José María. "Manuel Vázquez Montalbán y el "tan esperado octavo día de la semana"" (PDF) (in Spanish). University of Oslo: 188–198. Retrieved 23 February 2019.Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. Mullan, Michael (21 October 2003). "Manuel Vázquez Montalbán". The Guardian . Guardian News and Media Limited . Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  3. Glasauer, Willi; Klever, Ulrich. "Hunde wie du und ich. Galerie der bellenden Doppelgänger" (PDF). williglasauer.de (in German). Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  4. Romero, Carmen. "Presentación póstuma del último libro de Vázquez Montalbán, «La aznaridad»". La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  5. "Manuel Vázquez Montalbán Awards". Archived from the original on 27 December 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016.

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