Paloma Díaz-Mas

Spanish university teacher, researcher and woman of letters

1954   -  

country of citizenship: Spain
language of expression: Spanish
educated at: Complutense University of Madrid
occupation: university teacher, researcher, writer
award received: Premio Herralde, Euskadi saria - Gaztelaniazko literatura

Paloma Díaz-Mas (born 1954) is a Spanish writer and scholar.She was born in Madrid and studied journalism and philology at university. She obtained her doctorate from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, with a thesis on the subject of Sephardic poetry. At present, she teaches and conducts research at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Madrid. As a professor of Spanish literature and Sephardic literature, she has taught at the Universidad del País Vasco, the University of Oregon and Washington University in St. Louis. She published her first book at 19, a collection of short fictitious lives called Biografías de genios, traidores, sabios y suicidas. Ten years later, she wrote her only play till date, La informante, which won the Premio Teatro Breve Rojas Zorrilla in 1983. The same year, she published her first novel El rapto del Santo Grial, based on the tale of the Arthurian legend of the Holy Grail. The book was nominated for the Premio Herralde, which also made its debut that year. She followed up with books such as Tras las huellas de Artorius, Nuestro milenio, El sueño de Venecia (winner of the Premio Herralde in 1992), and La tierra fertil (winner of the Premio Euskadi in 2000). Her 1992 book Una ciudad llamada Eugenio relates the story of her stay in Eugene, Oregon where she was visiting professor at the local university. Recent books include Como un libro cerrado (2005) and Lo que aprendemos de los gatos (2014). She is also the author of scholarly works such as Los sefardíes: Historia, lengua, cultura (1986) which was a finalist for the Premio Nacional de Ensayo.
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