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Elia Barceló


Elia Barceló (Elda, Alicante, 1957) is a writer specialising in fantastic literature and science-fiction. 

After studying English and German Philology and Hispanic Philology at the universities of Valencia and Alicante, she moved to Austria, where she worked as a Literature, Hispanic Studies and Writing teacher at the University of Innsbruck. She received a PhD there with a thesis on the archetypes of terror in the fantastic stories of Julio Cortázar and founded two theatrical groups.

Her extensive literary production has been translated into a number of languages, and includes short stories, novels, essays and, in particular, children’s and young people’s literature. Among the latter are three works which have been awarded the Edebé Prize for Children’s and Young People’s Literature and are published by Edebé: El caso del artista cruel (1998), Cordeluna (2007) and El efecto Frankenstein (2019), for which in 2020 she received the National Children’s and Young People’s Literature Prize. 

Her literature for adults includes novels such as El color del silencio (Roca Editorial, 2017), La noche de plata (Roca Editorial, 2020) and the essay Cortázar visto por Elia Barceló (Cazador de Ratas, 2019). Her latest work, published in April 2022, is the novel Muerte en Santa Rita (Roca Editorial). 

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