Manuel Rivas is internationally Galicia’s best-known author. His short novel The Carpenter’s Pencil, a love story set in the Spanish Civil War, is the most widely translated novel written in Galician and prompted Günter Grass to comment that he learned more about the Spanish Civil War from reading this novel than from any history book. The English translation was a recommended read in Waterstone’s during January 2001.
Manuel Rivas was born in Coruña on the coast of Galicia, Spain, in 1957. He writes in Galician, together with Spanish, Catalan and Basque an official language and the second most widely spoken minority language in Europe after Catalan and before Welsh. He is a regular contributor to the Spanish daily El País and other newspapers. He has published six novels, six collections of short stories and a beautiful play called The Hero. His poetry has been collected in From the Unknown to the Unknown (2003), an extensive selection of which has been translated into English and is awaiting publication.
– from the introduction by Jonathan Dunne, MPT 3/7 ‘Love and War’
– photo by Adrián Estévez from Wikipedia