The plenary session of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) has chosen this Thursday the novelist and philologist Clara Sánchez (Guadalajara, 68 years old) to occupy the X chair, vacant since the death of the poet Francisco Brines, on May 20, 2021. Sánchez , who has prevailed over the other candidate, the writer and essayist Jon Juaristi, made his debut as a novelist in 1989 and has won several of the most popular literary prizes in Spain, such as the Alfaguara, in 2000, for Últimas noticias del
El Nadal, in 2010, for
What Hides Your Name,
a great sales success
and El Planeta, in 2013, for
El cielo ha vuelvo.
His works are translated into twenty languages, and he has a special number of readers in Italy.
Sánchez's candidacy was endorsed by the academics Soledad Puértolas, Carme Riera and Paloma Díaz-Mas.
After today's vote, she has two non-renewable years to read her entrance speech and be a number academic.
There are currently eight women in the RAE plenary session and another three have been elected: Dolores Corbella, Asunción Gómez-Pérez and now Clara Sánchez.
Sánchez graduated in Hispanic Philology from the Complutense University with the thesis
Narrative Mexicana de la Onda: Gustavo Sainz
, a study "aimed at unraveling how the so-called Mexican youth was lashing narrative art and giving it an unknown freshness and irreverence," he reported. the RAE in its statement.
At the Complutense she delved into the field of semantics under the academic Gregorio Salvador Caja, who died in December 2020. She was a university professor for 17 years at UNED.
She has been a commentator, columnist and collaborator for various Spanish and foreign media, for example on television programs about cinema.
The RAE has 46 academic chairs.
Currently, in addition to the X, the letters A and R are vacant, whose previous holders were, respectively, the lexicographer Manuel Seco
and the writer Javier Marías.
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