Belen Gopegui
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Belen Gopegui
Belén Gopegui in a Summer course in Cáceres, Spain, July 2007.

Belén Ruiz de Gopegui (born 1963, in Madrid) is a Spanish writer.

She studied law at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and she worked for several newspapers including El sol.

Her first novel La escala de los mapas won two prizes : Premio Tigre Juan and Premio Iberoamericano Santiago del Nuevo Extremo. Gerardo Herrero based his film Las razones de mis amigos (2000) on her third novel La conquista del aire (1998).

Francisco Umbral considers her the best writer of her generation. She is a communist, and she has written several articles about Cuba. In the assessment of Luis I. Prádanos, 'the common denominators of Belén Gopegui's work are socio-political engagement and the constant search for updated and original ways to express it. [...] Belén Gopegui is currently one of the most innovative Spanish authors. Every novel she writes involves structural experimentation to tell a story (the structure always serving the purpose of the story), which doesn't prevent her work from being unified by a persistent social and political engagement.'[1]


  • La escala de los mapas. Anagrama, 1993
    • Premio Tigre Juan 1993
    • Premio Iberoamericano "Santiago del Nuevo Extremo" 1994
  • Tocarnos la cara. Anagrama, 1995
  • Cualladó: puntos de vista, 1995
  • En desierta playa, 1995
  • La conquista del aire. Anagrama, 1998
  • Lo real. Anagrama, 2001
    • Finalista del XIII Premio Rómulo Gallegos 2003
    • Finalista del I Premio Fundación José Manuel Lara de Novela 2002
    • Finalista del Premio de la Crítica 2001
  • El lado frío de la almohada. El Cultural 2003
  • con González-Sinde, Ángeles. La suerte dormida, 2003 (script).
  • El principio de Arquímedes, 2004 (script).
  • El lado frío de la almohada. Anagrama, 2004
  • El padre de Blancanieves. Anagrama, 2007
  • El Balonazo. Anagrama, 2008
  • Deseo de ser punk. Anagrama, 2009
  • The Scale of Maps. City Lights Publishers, 2010. ISBN 978-0-87286-510-5.
  • Acceso no autorizado. Mondadori, 2011
  • El comité de la noche. Penguin Random House, 2014

External links


  1. ^ Luis I. Prádanos, 'Writing an Engaged Novel in the Network Society: Belén Gopegui, Systemic Narratives, and Globalization', in Global Issues in Contemporary Hispanic Women's Writing: Shaping Gender, the Environment, and Politics, ed. by Estrella Cibreiro, Francisca López, Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature, 7 (New York: Routledge, 2013), pp. 208-24 (pp. 208-9).

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