Manuel Vicent (Villavieja, Castellón, 1936) is a writer and journalist. A Law graduate with studies in Philosophy, he studied journalism at the Escuela Oficial de Madrid. He contributed to journals including Hermano Lobo and Triunfo and his first articles about politics were published in the newspaper Madrid. In 1977 he commenced his career at El País, where he is currently a weekly columnist.
In his literary facet he is the author of over ten novels, including Pascua y Naranjas (1966, Premio Alfaguara de Novela), La balada de Caín (1987, Premio Nadal), Tranvía a la Malvarrosa (1994), Son de mar (1999, Premio Alfaguara de Novela), Verás el cielo abierto (2005), León de ojos verdes (2008), Aguirre, el magnífico (2011), Desfile de ciervos (2015) and La regata (2017). He is also the autor of the anthologies Ulises, tierra adentro (1986), Crónicas urbanas (1983) and Los mejores relatos (1997), among others, and the collections of articles Nadie muere la víspera (2004), Las horas paganas (1998), Viajes, fábulas y otras travesías (2006), Póquer de ases (2009), Mitologías (2012), Los últimos mohicanos (2016) and Lecturas con Daiquiri (2018).
Two of his novels have been adapted for the big screen: Tranvía a la Malvarrosa and Son de mar, directed by José Luis García Sánchez (1996) and Bigas Luna (2001), respectively. As a journalist he was awarded the González Ruano Prize in 1979 and the Francisco Cerecedo Prize in 1994. Recently he received the journalism prize from the Club Internacional de Prensa (2019).
The conversation will be accompanied by the projection of videos and images relating to our guest’s career.