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Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

Intro Equatoguinean writer
Is Writer
From Equatorial Guinea
Type Literature
Gender male
Birth

6 November 1966, Malabo

Age 54 years

Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel (born 1966) is an Equatoguinean writer. He migrated to Spain in protest of the current government in Equatorial Guinea.

Works

In 2003 he was appointed Joseph G. Astman Distinguished Faculty Lecturer at Hofstra University, New York. He has been invited speaker at conferences in Korea, Switzerland, and several times in Spain and in the United States. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including novels, plays, poetry, essays, and film scripts, and has several unpublished manuscripts, some of them forthcoming. Among his published titles are:

  • 1994 – Poemas (Ediciones del Centro Cultural Hispano-Guineano, 1994)
  • 1994 – Los hombres domésticos (Ediciones CCHG)
  • 1998 – Rusia se va a Asamse (Ediciones CCHG)
  • 1999 – La carga (Editorial Palmart, 1999)
  • 1999 – Historia íntima de la humanidad (Ediciones Pángola, Malabo, 1999)
  • 2000 – El derecho de pernada (Editorial Pángola, Malabo)
  • 2000 – Áwala cu sangui (Editorial Pángola, Malabo)
  • 2001 – El desmayo de Judas (Ediciones CCHG)
  • 2002 – Nadie tiene buena fama en este país (Editorial Malamba, Avila, España)
  • 2002 – Misceláneas guineoecuatorianas
  • 2004 – El fracaso de las sombras
  • 2005 – Cómo convertir este país en un paraíso: otras reflexiones sobre Guinea Ecuatorial
  • 2006 – Guinea ecuatorial: vísceras (Institucio Alfons el Magnanim, 2006)
  • 2007 – Cuentos crudos (Centro Cultural Español de Malabo, 2007)
  • 2008 – Avión de ricos, ladrón de cerdos (El Cobre, 2008)
  • 2009 – Arde el monte de noche (Calambur Editorial, 2009) = By Night The Mountain Burns (And Other Stories, 2014—First published English translation). Longlisted for the 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize