(Barbastro, 1962) He is one of the leading Spanish poets and storytellers of his generation. In 2016 he published his Poesía Completa. 1980-2015, published by Visor. He has won the most prestigious poetry prizes awarded in Spain, such as the Jaime Gil de Biedma, the Ciudad de Melilla and the Generación del 27. His books of poems include titles such as Resurrección (2005), Calor (2008) and El hundimiento (2015), all published by Visor. He is the author of the novels España (2008), Aire nuestro (2009), Los inmortales (2012), and El luminoso regalo (2013), all published by Alfaguara. In 2015 he published the book of short stories Setecientos millones de rinocerontes (Alfaguara). He is the author of the novel biography Lou Reed era español (Malpaso, 2016) and the travel book América (Círculo de Tiza, 2017). He has won the Aragon Prize for Literature. He lives between Madrid and Iowa City (USA). In 2018, Alfaguara published his novel Ordesa, which became a literary phenomenon both in Spain, with 150,000 copies sold, and abroad. To date, Ordesa has been translated into more than twenty languages and won the prestigious Femina prize for the best foreign novel in France. Manuel Vilas was a finalist for the Planeta Prize in 2019 with his novel Alegría, translated into numerous languages such as French, Italian, Dutch and German, among others. In 2022 Lumen published an extensive anthology of his poetry in the book Una sola vida. In 2023 Manuel Vilas won the Nadal Prize for his novel Nosotros, which will shortly appear in France, Italy and Portugal. He writes regularly for the newspaper El País.
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