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Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa

Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa

Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa (born 11 November 1936 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands) is a Spanish novelist. His novels have sold over 25 million copies worldwide.

Vázquez-Figueroa and his family fled from the Canary Islands to Africa during the Spanish Civil War. Since his youth, he visited the Sahara and described the culture of the desert region. He attended the studios of the Escuela Oficial de Periodismo de Madrid in a part of 1962 and worked in the Destino specials. He was a war correspondent in La Vanguardia, for TVE (Televisión Española) and for the program A toda plana with de la Cuadra Salcedo and Silva. As a correspondent, he documented revolutionary wars in countries such as Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala.

He later wrote his first novel, Arena y viento (Sand and Wind), and in 1975, he published as many as 14 to 15 novellas such as Ébano. His other works include Tuareg, Ébano, and El perro as well as the sagas Cienfuegos, Bora Bora, Manaos and Piratas. His novel Garoé won the 2010 Historical Novel Prize Alfonso X El Sabio, valued at €100,000. He has also published an autobiography called Anaconda.

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