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Álvaro Pombo

Álvaro Pombo García de los Ríos (born June 23, 1939 in Santander, Cantabria, Spain) is a Spanish poet, novelist and activist.

Born in Santander, Cantabria, he studied at the Complutense University of Madrid and received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London, where he lived between 1966 and 1977. His first book of poetry, Protocolos, was published in 1973, and four years later he won the El Bardo prize for his 1977 Variaciones. Returning to Spain that year, he published a collection of short stories, Relatos sobre la falta de sustancia, many of which contained homosexual characters and themes.

Prizes and Rewards

  • In October 2006, Pombo was awarded the Premio Planeta literary prize for his 2006 novel La Fortuna de Matilda Turpin.
  • In 2012 he was awarded the Premio Nadal for his novel El temblor del héroe (The Trembles of the Hero).


  • Relatos sobre la falta de sustancia (1977)
  • El héroe de las mansardas de Mansard (1983)
  • El hijo adoptivo (1986)
  • Los delitos insignificantes (1986)
  • El parecido (1988)
  • El metro de platino iridiado (1990)
  • Aparición del eterno femenino contada por S. M. el Rey (1993)
  • Telepena de Cecilia Cecilia Villalobo (1995)
  • Vida de san Francisco de Asís (1996)
  • Donde las mujeres (1996)
  • Cuentos reciclados (1997)
  • La cuadratura del círculo (1999)
  • El cielo raso (2001)
  • Una ventana al norte (2004)
  • Contra natura (2005)
  • La Fortuna de Matilda Turpin (2006)
  • La previa muerte del lugarteniente Aloof (2009)
  • Protocolos (1973)
  • Variaciones (1977)
  • Hacia una constitución poética del año en curso (1980)
  • Protocolos para la rehabilitación del firmamento (1992)
  • Protocolos, 1973-2003 (2004)


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