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Manuel Vázquez Montalbán

Barcelona-born Writer of Detective Novels

Best known for his novels featuring Barcelona detective Pepe Carvalho, Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, who wrote mainly in Spanish, was also a journalist, poet and celebrated gastronome. 

Vázquez Montalbán was born in El Raval in Barcelona on July 27th 1939 and studied Philosophy, Letters and Journalism at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where he also taught.

He was a well-known culer or FC Barcelona supporter and also held far left political opinions being a member of the communist Partit Socialista Unificat de Catalunya (PSUC) and its successor Iniciativa per Catalunya (ICV).

He was best known for his Carvalho series, set in Barcelona and featuring Galicia-born detective Pepe Carvalho, which was turned into a TV series and made Vázquez Montalbán one of the most popular writers in Spain.

He died in Bangkok on October 17th 2003 and a year later the Premis Manuel Vázquez Montalbán were created in his memory.

In 2009, the Plaça de Manuel Vázquez Montalbán was opened, in El Raval close to where he was born.

The name of this website, Barcelonas, inspired by a book of the same name by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán.





Vázquez Montalbán Books in English

Tattoo (Tatuaje) 1975, 2013

The Angst-Ridden Executive (La soledad del manager) 1977, 2012

Southern Seas (Los Mares del Sur) 1979, 2012

Murder in the Central Committee (Asesinato en el Comité Central) 1981, 2012

Scenes from World Literature and Portraits of Greatest Authors (Illustrations by Willi Glasauer), (Círculo de Lectores) 1988

Offside (El delantero centro fue asesinado al atardecer) 1989, 2012

An Olympic Death (El laberinto griego) 1992

Galíndez 1991, translation 1992, Carol and Thomas Christensen

The Buenos Aires Quintet (Quinteto de Buenos Aires) 1997, 2012, 2012

The Man of My Life (El hombre de mi vida) 2000, translation 2005, Nick Caistor




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