1º Bachiller
Group A
>>. Born in Valencia at the heart of humble origins, he moved
being a child with his large family to Madrid (1952), city where
he has lived most of his life. He was a bad but a curious student.
He went to high school during the night shift while he was
employed at the Postal Savings Fund. In pro-Franco university,
for then in power of teachers close to the dictatorship, he
started to study Philosophy at the University of Madrid, which
he left at the third year. He obtained a work as an
administrative officer in Iberia and devoted himself to reading
and writing. His first novel was influenced by Julio Cortázar and
his second novel obtained the prize Sésamo and opened the door
for literary criticism.
>>. He wrote several novels later, but the most
popular, and also the most significant for his work
thanks to the fact that he wrote it with the freedom
of not thinking about the critics, was a Wet Paper
(1983), one order of a publishing house of juvenile
literature that sold and continues being sold.
Simultaneously he started collaborating in the press
with great success and from there he left his job in
Iberia and now he devotes himself exclusively to
>>. In 1987 he married Isabel Menéndez, who was a
psychologist, and he has another child.
>>. Juanjo Millás created a personal genre, the
"articuento", in which a daily story is transformed by
fantasy into a new way of looking at reality in a
critical form.
>>. He has won several prestigious prizes for his
journalistic career, as the Francisco Cerecedo in
2005. On the radio programme “The Window” in
Cadena Ser on Fridays at 16:00, he encourages the
listeners to send small statements on words of the
dictionary. At present, he is makig his own glossary
with these statements achieving a high level of
participation. In May, 2006 he was named Doctor
Honoris Causa by the University of Turin. His works
have been translated into fifteen languages, among
them, English, French, German, Portuguese, Italian,
Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Dutch.
>>. On October 15th , 2007, he was awarded the Planet
Prize because of his autobiographical novel “The world”,
a few memories of his childhood, almost from his teens.
This book tells the story of a boy who lives in a street
and who dreams about escaping from this street. On
December 3rd, 2007 he was named Doctor Honoris
Causa by the University of Oviedo with the Asturian
poet Angel Gonzalez.
>>. On October 13th , 2008 the National Prize of
Narrative was granted to him, too.
El jardín vacío
(1981, Alfaguara)
Cerbero son las sombras
(1975, Alfaguara)
Papel mojado
(1983, Alfaguara)
Visión del ahogado
(1977, Alfaguara)
Papel mojado
Letra muerta
(1983, Alfaguara) (1983, Alfaguara)
El desorden de tu
(1986, Alfaguara)
La soledad era esto
Ella imagina
(1990, Destino) Volver a casa (1994, Alfaguara)
(1990, Alfaguara)
Primavera de luto
(1989, Destino)
Tonto, muerto,
bastardo e invisible
(1995, Alfaguara)
Algo que te concierne
(1995, El País Aguilar)*
El orden alfabético
(1998, Alfaguara)
Trilogía de la soledad Cuentos a la intemperie
(1996, Alfaguara)*
(1997, Acento Editorial)*
La viuda incompetente
y otros cuentos
(1998, Plaza y Janés)*
Tres novelas cortas
(1998, Alfaguara)*
No mires debajo de la cama
(1999, Alfaguara)
Cuentos de adúlteros desorientados
(2003, Lumen)
Hay algo que no es como
me dicen
(2004, Aguilar)
Laura y Julio
(2006, Seix Barral)
Todo son preguntas
(2005, Ediciones Península)
Sombras sobre sombras
(2006, Península)
María y Mercedes
(2005, Ediciones Península)
El mundo
(2007, Planeta)
El ojo de la cerradura
(2006, Ediciones Península,
Colección Atalaya)
Los objetos nos llaman
(2008, Seix Barral)
Título Original:
La soledad era esto
Danish edition
German edition
French edition
(Original Title: La
soledad era esto )
Edición Sueca
Edición Inglesa
Edición Turca
The Subject Matters of his books are:
His plays, books and so on speak about:
Personal identity
Love and loyalty
Imagination and Fantasy
Social compromise and empathy with the underprivileged.
He has an autobiographic work (“El mundo”) which also talks about literature and
how important literature is in our lives.
Characteristics of his plays
• He is the creator and father of the "articuentos"
texts that are halfway between the story and the
newspaper article and whose topics are of current
interest. They deal with society, varied situations,
thoughts or problems caused by human behaviour.
• All his plays are a perfect example of literary
criticism, and under the name ‘’articuentos’’ he seeks
to emphasize its main feature: they are opinion
articles because they appear so in the press, but
because of their very nature, the ‘articuentos’ are
closer to the fiction and fantasy texts.
Juan José Millás
• His aim is always to show the
reverse of the plot, the truth and
falseness, present mainly through
humor, irony and paradox,
swallowed up by the news and
disappear, so that the end is only
a clear vision of criticism of the
reality. Through these
‘articuentos’, Juanjo Millás, as his
friends call him, presents a work
in constant search of the most
subtle to articulate what is unreal
with what is real, present and
committed to represent the
reality very effectively as
possible, revealing their dark
mechanisms and providing a sense
of lacking.
Historical context
in Spain in 70 years
• From 1975 onwards and with
Franco´s death, Spain started
a new historial period in which
democracy was implemented
and it began its adaptation to
the European policies very
• The best word that could describe Spanish
political change in the 70´s would be
undoubtedly “modernization”. It would not
be wrong to state that most of the Spanish
citizens understand the term
“modernization” at that time as the way
Spain tried to catch up with the social and
economic standards of the surrounding
European countries, that now are members
of the European Union (EU).
• Spanish Constitution of 1978
The Spanish Constitution was a landmark in
history of our nation during the 70´s . The
Cortes passed it on the 31st October. It
promotes the well-being of all its members, in
the exercise of its democratic coexistence
within the Constitution and the laws, in
accordance with a fair economic and social
Other contemporary writers:
Antonio Muñoz Molina
Javier Marías
Rosa Montero
Eduardo Mendoza
Arturo Pérez Reverte
Almudena Grandes
Proyecto Comenius
Project which has been made by:
>>. Lucía De Prado Gómez
>>. Sergio García
>>. Sandra Egea López
>>. Aida Fages Cárceles
>>. Áurea Higón Cañigral
Year: 1º A. Bach.

Juan José Millás