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José María Merino was born in La Coruña in 1941. He first lived in Leon and then moved to Madrid. He began his career by writing poetry with ''Sitio de Tarifa'' (1972) and ''Cumpleaños lejos de casa'' (1973), a confession and evocation of his own personal adventures. These books, in addition to ''Mírame Medusa y otros poemas'' (1984), have been gathered in ''Cumpleaños lejos de casa'' (1987). He gained widespread recognition as a novelist with ''Novela de Andrés Choz'' (1976) which was awarded with the Novel & Short Stories Prize (Premio Novela y Cuentos). Together with Juan Pedro Aparicio, he published in 1980 ''Los caminos del Esla'', the story of a journey along Leon''s river. His fame was consolidated with ''El caldero de oro'' (1981) and ''La orilla oscura'' which was awarded with the Critics Prize (Premio de la Crítica) in 1985 -a complex study in which different plots converge, unified at the end of the novel-, dedicated to the conquest of America which he put together later on in ''Crónicas mestizas'' (1992) - ''El oro de los sueños'' (1986) - ''La tierra del tiempo perdido'' (1987) and ''Las lágrimas del sol'' (1989) - and ''El centro del aire'' (1991), in which three characters, harmless but frustrated, do their best to get back their lost childhood. He also wrote short stories compiled in 2 books: ''Cuentos del reino secreto'' (1982) and ''El viajero perdido'' (1990). In 1992, he published ''Los trenes del verano''.
José María Merino
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