He was born in Tavernes de la Valldigna in Valencia. He is the author of several novels, two of which have won the Premio de la Crítica de narrativa castellana – Crematorio (2007) and En la orilla (2013).
Rafael Chirbes (Tavernes de la Valldigna, Valencia, 1949) is one of Spain’s most acclaimed writers today.
He studied Modern and Contemporary History in Madrid and, in addition to his articles on gastronomy, oenology, and travel, he writes as a literary critic for different media publications.
He has also published the essays El novelista perplejo (The Perplexed Novelist), El viajero sedentario (The Sedentary Traveller), Mediterráneos (Mediterraneans) and Por cuenta propia (In One’s Own name), as well as nine novels, Mimoun, En la lucha final (In the Final Struggle), La buena letra (Bit by Bit), Los diparos del cazador (The Hunter’s Shots), La larga marcha (The Long March), La caída de Madrid (The Fall of Madrid), Los viejos amigos (Old Friends), Crematorio (Crematorium) and, recently En la orilla (On the Shore), all of them published by Anagrama.
His work has well received in Spain relatively recently: Crematorio was awarded the 2008 National Critics’ Prize and En la orilla was named best novel for 2013 by the daily El País.