Arturo Pérez-Reverte Biography
Arturo Pérez-Reverte is a Spanish novelist and journalist. He worked as a war correspondent for 21 years (from 1973-1994) for RTVE. His first novel, El húsar, is set in the Napoleonic Wars, and was released in 1986. Internationally, he is known for his “Alatriste” series of novels. Currently, he is a member of the Royal Spanish Academy, a position he has held since 12 June 2003.
His novels are usually centered on one strongly defined character, and his plots move along swiftly, often featuring a narrator who is part of the story but apart from it. Its also common for most of of his novels to take place in Spain or around the Mediterranean, and often draw on numerous references to Spanish history, colonial past, art and culture, ancient treasures and the sea. The novels frequently deal with some of the major issues of modern Spain such as drug trafficking or the relationship of religion and politics.
Often, Pérez-Reverte’s novels have two plots running in parallel with very little connection between them except for shared characters. For example, in The Flanders Panel, a contemporary serial killer is juxtaposed with the mystery of a 500-year-old assassination. In his often polemical newspaper columns and the main characters of his novels, Pérez-Reverte often displays pessimism about human behaviour, shaped by his wartime experiences in places like El Salvador, Croatia or Bosnia and his research for crime shows.
Throughout his career, and especially in its latter half, he has been notorious for cultivating his now trademark maverick, non-partisan and at times abrasive persona. This has occasionally been a source of conflict with more other journalists and writers. He originally refused to have his novels translated from the original Spanish to any language other than French. However, English translations were eventually made available for some of his works, and most of his work is also available in Portuguese and Polish.
Pérez-Reverte started his journalistic career writing for the now-defunct newspaper Pueblo and then for Televisión Española (the Spanish state-owned television), often as a war correspondent. Becoming weary of the internal affairs at TVE, he resigned as a journalist and decided to work full-time as a writer.
Arturo Pérez-Reverte Family
The novelist was born Arturo Pérez-Reverte Gutiérrez on 25th November 1951 in Cartagena (Murcia), Spain to José Pérez-Reverte (father) and a realtively unknown mother. He has a brother by the name, José María Pérez-Reverte Gutiérrez.
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Captain Alatriste novels
- El capitán Alatriste (1996; tr: Captain Alatriste, Plume 2005), presenting the character of a swordsman in the Spanish Golden Century.
- Limpieza de sangre (1997; tr: Purity of Blood), about the “purity of blood” demanded from Conversos.
- El sol de Breda (1998; tr: The Sun over Breda), about the war in the Spanish Netherlands – specifically, the Siege of Breda.
- El oro del rey (2000; tr: The King’s Gold), about the Spanish treasure fleet.
- El caballero del jubón amarillo (2003; tr: The Cavalier in the Yellow Doublet). Alatriste clashes with king Philip IV of Spain.
- Corsarios de Levante (2006; tr. Pirates of the Levant). Alatriste fights Barbary pirates.
- El puente de los Asesinos (2011). Alatriste tries to kill the Doge of Venice.
- El húsar (1986). Set in the Napoleonic age.
- El maestro de esgrima (1988; tr: The Fencing Master, Mariner Books, 2004)
- La tabla de Flandes (1990; tr: The Flanders Panel). About a mysterious Flemish painting.
- El club Dumas or La sombra de Richelieu (1993; tr: The Club Dumas)
- La sombra del águila (1993). Set in the Napoleonic age.
- Territorio comanche (1994). A novelization of his Balkan war experience.
- La piel del tambor (1995; tr: The Seville Communion)
- Un asunto de honor (1995)
- La carta esférica (2000; tr: The Nautical Chart).
- La Reina del Sur (2002; tr: The Queen of the South
- Cabo Trafalgar (2004), about the battle of Trafalgar.
- El pintor de batallas (2006; tr: The Painter of Battles). A retired war photographer confronts his past.
- Un día de cólera (2007). 2 May 1808. The battle in Madrid against the French army for independence, hour to hour.
- Ojos azules (2009). Spanish soldiers flee the Aztecs.
- El Asedio (2010; tr The Siege by Frank Wynne). Set in 1811, during the siege of Cádiz.
- El tango de la guardia vieja (2012; tr: What We Become). Romance.
- El francotirador paciente (2013). A graffiti painter.
- Hombres buenos (2015) About the Royal Spanish Academy and the Encyclopédie
- Falcó (2016) Falcó is an espionage agent working for Franco during the Spanish Civil War.
- Obra breve (1995)
- Patente de corso (1998). Collection of press columns.
- Con ánimo de ofender (2001). Further columns.
- No me cogeréis vivo (2005)
- Cuando éramos honrados mercenarios (2009)
Arturo Pérez-Reverte Movies And Tv Shows
Films based on novels by Pérez-Reverte
- El maestro de esgrima (1992) (based on The Fencing Master)
- Uncovered (1994) (based on The Flanders Panel)
- Cachito (1995) (based on Un Asunto de Honor)
- Territorio Comanche (1997)
- The Ninth Gate, by Roman Polanski (1999) (very loosely based on El club Dumas)
- The Road to Santiago (1999), Spanish television miniseries (story)
- Alatriste (2006) (based on the series Captain Alatriste)
- The Nautical Chart (2007) (based on La Carta Esférica and starring Aitana Sánchez-Gijón)
- Quart: El Hombre de Roma (2007), Spanish television miniseries based on The Seville Communion
- La Reina Del Sur (2011), Spanish Novela (Soap Opera) airing on Telemundo
Arturo Perez Reverte Queen Of The South
“In order to survive, she will have to say good-bye to the old Teresa, an innocent girl who once entrusted her life to a pinche narco smuggler. She will have to find inside herself a woman who is tough enough to inhabit a world as ugly and dangerous as that of the narcos. And indeed, the strength of the woman who emerges will surprise even those who know her legend, that of the Queen of the South.”
Arturo Perez Reverte Falco
Lorenzo Falcó, a spy without scruples, former arms smuggler and secret service agent who moves with extreme skill in the turbulent Europe of the 1930s and 40s. … A story of violence, power plots and suspense, in which reality and fiction are intertwined in brilliant fashion to shape an extraordinary spy novel.
“Falco’s world was a different one, and there the sides were perfectly defined: on one side he, and on the other side everybody else.”
In the fall of 1936, while the frontier between friends and foes is reduced to an imprecise and dangerous line, Falcó receives the order to infiltrate himself in a difficult mission that could change the course of the history of Spain. A man and two women, the Montero siblings and Eva Rengel, will be his companions and maybe his victims, in a time in which life is written to the beat of betrayals and nothing is what it seems to be.
Originally published: October 2016
Author : Arturo Pérez-Reverte
Genres : Fiction, Thriller, Historical Fiction, Spy fiction
Arturo Perez Reverte Awards and recognition
The Painter of Battles was the winner of the 2008 Premio Gregor von Rezzori award for foreign fiction translated into Italian.
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