Carlos Zanón

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Carlos Zanón is a Spanish writer, screenwriter, cultural critic and lawyer. He currently collaborates in different general and specialized media outlets, such as El País, Babelia, La Vanguardia, El Periódico, El Punt-Avui, Time Out Barcelona, Rock de Lux and Ruta 66, among others. He is also curator of BCNegra.

He is considered the heir of Manuel Vázquez Montalbán and a type of Spanish Jim Thompson. He is compared to Juan Marsé, Philip Roth, John Updike, Cormac McCarthy and Junot Díaz. Critics have highlighted his unconventional portrait of Barcelona, his pure characters, his avoidance of clichés and the strength of his prose, which is both profound and fast-paced.



Zanón has won the Hammett Award, the Novepol Award, the Brigada Award for best crime novel of the year and the Valencia Negra Award for best novel of the year, among others. He has also been a finalist for the Silverio Cañada Memorial Award, Giallo e dell Noir, the Violeta Negra Award and the City of Santa Cruz Award. His article on Diego Maradona published in La Vanguardia was selected for the Panenka Awards. 

Some of his novels have been selected as the best of the year in different media outlets. He has also worked as a scriptwriter in Érase una vez Juan Marsé (Alea Producciones).

His work has been translated into English, French, Italian, German and Greek.


What the critics have said:

“The Spanish Jim Thompson is Carlos Zanón.” Lorenzo Silva.

“Carlos Zanón has developed a way of telling stories and creating characters that distinguishes him among many other authors. The rhythm of his careful prose beats in every sentence.” Claudia Piñeiro. 

“Carlos Zanón is one of the best things that has happened to Spanish literature in recent years. It is no longer a secret.” El Confidencial.