The plenary session of the institution has chosen the also philologist to occupy the position that was vacant since the death of Francisco Brines
The writer and philologist Clara Sánchez (Guadalajara, March 1, 1955) will occupy the X chair of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE). This has been communicated by the institution after being chosen by the plenary session of the institution this Thursday. Chair X had been vacant since the death of Francisco Brines on May 20, 2021. His candidacy was presented by academics Soledad Puértolas, Carme Riera and Paloma Díaz-Mas.
He graduated in Hispanic Philology from the Complutense University with a thesis, directed by the professor of Hispano-American Literature at the Autonomous University, Teodosio Fernández, which dealt with the Mexican Narrative of Onda: Gustavo Sainz, a study aimed at unraveling how the so-called “juvenilism “Mexican was whipping narrative art and endowing it with an unknown freshness and irreverence.
At the Complutense he entered the field of semantics under the baton of the academic Gregorio Salvador Caja. She was a university professor for seventeen years at UNED, but she has also participated as a commentator, columnist and collaborator in various Spanish and foreign media.
From his first published novel ‘Precious Stones’ (1989), the critics highlighted, as fundamental contributions to the literature of the late 20th century, the originality and modernity of its narrative, its contemporaneity. After thirty-four years and hundreds of written pages, he has not given up in his efforts to investigate the ins and outs of the present, to capture what the times bring. “She herself has confessed her obsession with ripping off the extraordinary from the ordinary, the surprising from the most routine lives,” the RAE said in a note.
His vital feeling, carried over from childhood, of strangeness and discomfort in the face of life has been reflected in all his novels in characters who are forced to adapt to new and untimely situations such as the strange look on the urbanization where the boy from ‘Last news from paradise.
She is the author of the novels ‘Precious stones’ (1989), ‘The night is no different’ (1990), ‘The stranded palace’ (1993), ‘From the viewpoint’ (1996) or ‘The mystery of every day’ (1999).
His works are also ‘Latest news from paradise’ (2000), ‘A million lights’ (2004), ‘Presentimientos’ (2008), “What hides your name” (2010), “Enter my life” ( 2012), ‘Heaven has returned’ (2013), ‘When light comes’ (2016), ‘The silent lover’ (2019) or ‘Hell in paradise’ (2021). The novel ‘I peccati di Marisa Salas’ (2022), edited by Garzanti, Italy, “will arrive soon in Spain,” says the RAE.
Clara Sánchez has been translated into several languages and her work has significant international repercussions, especially in Italy. Among the awards received is the Alfaguara prize (‘Latest news from paradise’), the Nadal (‘What hides your name’) or the Planet (‘Heaven has returned’), among other national and international recognitions.
He has prefaced books, among others by Mercè Rodoreda (‘Broken Mirror’), by Yukio Mishima (‘The sailor who emerged from the grace of the sea’) or by Stevenson (‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde’)