(Barcelona, 1965) Professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Barcelona and regular contributor to El País as a columnist and literary critic. He has published a range of books on Spanish intellectual history, including Estado y cultura, La resistencia silenciosa. Fascismo y cultura en España (2004 Anagrama Non-fiction Prize), A la intemperie, about the experience of exile, and La vida rescatada de Dionisio Ridruejo. With Domingo Ródenas he has written a book of literary history, Derrota y restitución de la modernidad, 1939-2010, and the study Pensar por ensayos en la España del siglo XX. In 2011 he published a pamphlet against cultural catastrophism, El intelectual melancólico, and in 2015 another non-fiction work on Catalan literature entitled Burgueses imperfectos. After his biography, José Ortega y Gasset, released in 2014, he has published Miguel de Cervantes. La conquista de la ironía this year.
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