Ignacio del Valle

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(Oviedo, 1971) is currently living in Madrid.


Ignacio is primarily known for his historical-thriller series of novels featuring Arturo Andrade, which consist of El Arte de Matar Dragones (Algaida 2003. Alfaguara 2016. Felipe Trigo Award), El tiempo de los emperadores extraños (Alfaguara 2006-2016. Violeta Negra Award 2011 at Toulouse Festival "Toulouse Polard du Sud" 2011. Critic of Asturias Award 2007, Special mention Dashiell Hammet Award 2007, Books which leave a mark award 2006) a novel that has been taken to the big screen by the Spanish producer Gerardo Herrero with the title Silence in the Snow ( featuring Spanish actors  Juan Diego Botto and Carmelo Gómez, released in 2012), Los Demonios de Berlín (Alfaguara 2009-2016. Critic of Asturias Award 2010), Soles Negros (Alfaguara 2016; Buenos Aires Negro Award 2016), and Cuando giran los muertos (Algaida 2021. Ateneo de Sevilla Award 2021).


In 2016 he releases Los días sin ayer, a novel published in weekly installments by El País Semanal (El País newspaper) and illustrated by Miguel Navia. 


He has also written contemporary novels such as De donde vienen las olas (Aguaclara 1999. Salvador Garcia Aguilar Award), El abrazo del boxeador (KRK 2001. Asturias Joven Award), Como el amor no transformó el mundo (Espasa 2005) , Busca mi rostro (Plaza & Janes 2012), Índigo mar (Pez de Plata 2017), Coronado (Edhasa 2019), Lo que hicimos por amor (2023); and a short-stories compilation under the title Caminando sobre las aguas (Páginas de Espuma 2013).


In 2023, Ignacio del Valle published his first poetry book, Explicaciones no pedidas (Azimut). 


In 2024, during the Conecta Fiction Entertainment event, and together with film director Rai García, he receives the Triodos Bank pitch award for his screenplay project based on the novel Black Suns.


Further to the above mentioned prizes, Ignacio has also been awarded with many national prizes for his short stories. His works have been translated to several languages. He currently writes an opinion column at El Comercio and cooperates with El Viajero from El País and various other media.


He has leading literature workshops and giving conferences at several universities throughout the world such as Madrid, Tokio, Panama city, Milano, New York and El Cairo


From 2012 to 2015 he occupied the position of subdirector y and coordinator for Europe of the Panamanian cultural foundation Mare Australe. 


At present, he hosts a cultural section on radio Onda Cero named Tuning the senses.

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