Francisco Umbral

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Francisco Umbral

Francisco Umbral , actually Francisco Pérez Martínez (born May 11, 1932 in Madrid , † August 28, 2007 there ), was a Spanish columnist and one of the most famous contemporary writers in Spain.


Umbral began his journalistic work in Valladolid for the newspaper El Norte de Castilla . Between 1960 and 1988 he worked a. a. for the magazines Vida mundial and Gaceta illustrada as well as for the newspaper El País ; from 1989 he wrote for the daily newspaper El Mundo . Umbral also emerged as a versatile writer and published more than a hundred books. The spectrum of his literary work included novellas , erotic stories, poetry (Crimenes y Baladas) , contemporary historical novels (El Giocondo) , non-fiction (Trilogía de Madrid) and much more

In 1996 Umbral was awarded the prestigious Prince of Asturias Prize and in 2000 the most important literary prize in the Spanish-speaking world, the Cervantes Prize.

Works (selection)


  1. ^ Caballé, Anna: Francisco Umbral. El frío de una vida , Espasa-Calpe, 2004, p.69. ISBN 978-84-670-1308-5 .


  • Anna Caballé: Francisco Umbral. El frio de una vida , Espasa Calpe, Madrid 2004, ISBN 84-670-1308-7
  • Maria P. Celmar (Ed.): Francisco Umbral , Universidad, Valladolid 2003, ISBN 84-8448-223-5
  • Javier Villán: Francisco Umbral. La escritura absoluta , Espasa Calpe, Madrid 1996, ISBN 84-239-7823-0

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