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Arturo Pérez-Reverte

Spain (1951 - )

Spanish novelist and ex-journalist. He worked as a war reporter for twenty-one years (1973 - 1994). He started his journalistic career writing for the now-defunct newspaper I>Pueblo/I>. Then, he jumped to news reporter for TVE, Spanish national channel. As a war journalist he traveled to several countries, covering many conflicts. He put this experience into his book 'Territorio Comanche', focusing on the years of Bosnian massacres. That was in 1994, but his debut as a fiction writer started in 1983, with 'El húsar', a historical novella inspired in the Napoleonic era.

Although his debut was not quite successful, in 1988, with 'The fencer master', he put his name as a serious writer of historic novels. That was confirmed in 1996, when was published the first book of his Captain Alatriste saga, which has been his trademark. After this book, he could leave definitely journalism for focusing on his career as a fiction writer. This saga, that happens in the years of the Spanish golden age, has seen, for now, seven volumes, where Pérez-Reverte shows, from his particular point of view, historical events from Spanish history in the 16th century.

Apart from these, he also penned another successful works like Dumas Club and Flandes Panel, titles that, among others, made Pérez-Reverte one of the most famous and bestseller authors of Spanish fiction of our era.
Captain Alatriste
1. Captain Alatriste (2005)
2. The Purity of Blood (2006)
3. The Sun Over Breda (2007)
4. The King's Gold (2008)
5. The Man in the Yellow Doublet (2009)
     aka The Cavalier in the Yellow Doublet
6. The Pirates of the Levant (2010)
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (1998) : The Dumas Club
Macavity Awards Best Novel nominee (1998) : The Dumas Club
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1998) : The Dumas Club

Arturo Pérez-Reverte recommends
The Mule (2008)
Juan Eslava Galán
"I have enjoyed it like a compulsive reader, from the first to the last line."
The Acid Test (2016)
(Lefty Mendieta, book 2)
Elmer Mendoza
"One of the biggest names in Mexican literature . . . A true novelist . . . No one has captured the exciting and passionate nature of the Mexican vernacular like him."

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