Javier Tomeo

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Javier Tomeo was one of the most important Spanish writers and playwrights of the 20th century. He graduated in Law and Criminology at the University of Barcelona and worked as a lawyer, a profession he combined with his literary career.

During the 1950s he wrote several novels under the pseudonym “Frantz Keller” which catapulted him to fame and allowed him to start signing his novels under his real name. His works were compared to those of Thomas Bernhard and Luis Buñuel.



By the 1980s he had established himself as one of the best and most distinctive Spanish storytellers of the time. His works were translated into fifteen languages, and some were adapted to films or performed, to great critical acclaim, in the main European theaters, especially in France.

His literary production, which he combined with the writing of journalistic articles in different media, was awarded several distinctions such as: the City of Bastardo Short Novel Award, the Aragon Award for Literature, and the Gold Medal of the City of Zaragoza (Spain).