The RAE selects writer Clara Sánchez to fill her X Chair, which is vacant following the death of Francisco Brines


The plenary session of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) this Thursday elected the writer and philologist Clara Sánchez to fill her Chair number X, vacant after the death of the poet Francisco Brines on May 20, 2021. Her candidacy was presented by Soledad academics Puértolas, Carme Riera and Paloma Díaz-Mas.

Sánchez has enjoyed a long writing career since publishing her first novel, Precious Stones, in 1989. Even then, critics emphasized the originality and modernity of her narrative with fundamental contributions to the literature of the late 20th century.

After thirty-four years in the business, Sánchez has received the most important prizes in Spanish literature, such as Planeta, Nadal and Alfaguara, and has written fifteen novels. In addition, his work has been translated into several languages.

Born in Guadalajara, she has confessed her obsession with bringing the extraordinary out of the ordinary and the surprising out of the most mundane of lives. His vital sense of alienation and unease at the life he brought with him from his childhood has been embodied throughout his novels through characters forced to adapt to new and unexpected situations.

Sánchez is the author of the novels: Gems (1989, Debate, Alfaguara), The Night Is No Different (1990, Debate), The Beached Palace (1993, Debate, Alfaguara), From the Point of View (1996 , Alfaguara), “The Secret of Everyday Life” (1999, Alfaguara), “Ultimas noticias del paraíso” (2000, Alfaguara Award), “A
Million Lights” (2004, Alfaguara), “Presentimientos” (2008, Alfaguara, Destino), “What hides your name” (2010, Nadal Award, Destino), “Enter my life” (2012, Destino), “The sky has Back” (2013, Planeta Prize), “When the Light Comes” (2016, Destino), “The Quiet Lover” (2019, Planet), “Hell in Paradise” (2021,
Planeta) and “The Sins of Marisa Salas” (2022, Garzanti, Italy; próximamente en España).

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Academically, he graduated with a thesis in Hispanic Philology from Complutense University, according to the RAE in a statement led by Autonomous University Spanish-American Literature professor Teodosio Fernández, who addressed the Mexican narrative of the Wave: Gustavo Sainz, a study aimed at discovering how so-called Mexican “juvenilism” plagued storytelling, giving it an unknown freshness and irreverence.

At the Complutense he entered the field of semantics under the guidance of the academic Gregorio Salvador Caja. She was a university professor at UNED for seventeen years and has worked as a commentator, columnist and collaborator for various Spanish and foreign media.

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