La Web Oficial De Manuel Villar Raso

Ólvega (Soria), 27 de noviembre de 1936 - Granada, 23 de noviembre de 2015.

Manuel Villar Raso Professor of American Literature at the University of Granada, Spain, is also an essayist and novelist. The subject which fascinates his imagination is violence; in his first novels he maintains that Spain is a violent country, and he writes in order to understand it for himself as well as to show his discoveries to his countrymen. Villar Raso´s first novel was "Mar ligeramente sur" (Destino,1976) (Nadal Prize finalist 1975), it is about love, expressed as an experience of violence and brutality. "Hacia el corazón de mi país"(Destino, 1977) deals with an outlaw, who fights for survival. "Una Republica sin Republicanos", whose theme is the Spanish civil War and the impossibility of an understanding. It was first published in Albia,1977. "La Pastora, el Maqui Hermafrodita" (Albia,1978) was another outlaw, a ‘maquis’ - woman or man? The novel tries to solve that riddle. "Comandos Vascos" (Noguer, 1980) deals with terrorism, trying to understand who terrorists are, and what they want. "El Laberinto de los Impios" (Noguer, 1981), which Villar Raso considers to be one of his best works, deals with who he is in relation to the world, and in relation to eternal questions such as God. "Las Españas Perdidas"(Sevilla: Edit. Andaluzas Unidas, l983) deals with the expelled moriscos who at the end of the sixteenth century crossed the Sahara desert and placed their capital in Timbuctu. "Ultimos Paraisos" (Barcelona. Planeta, 1986) is the story of a tender love affair,and also of death. "El Ultimo Conquistador" (Barcelona. Noguer/Caralt, l992) deals with the last Spanish Conquistador who visioned the conquest of California for Spain "Donde Rien las Arenas"(Sevilla. Anaya/Algaida, 1994) deals again with Africa and the painful situation of women." El color de los sueños" (Barcelona, Planeta, 1999) is Africa again, the story of a painter who like Gauguin and Barcelo leaves Spain to discover the painting of the twentieth-first century."La mujer de burkina" premio Casino de Mieres (2001), "La casa del corazón" (2001), "Encuentros en Marbella" (2001), "La larga noche de Ángela" (2004),"Ser mujer en África" (2005) "Africa en silencio" (2005).

Between the novels he writes essays, mainly about experimental American novels. He is fascinated by Nathanael West´s sensibility, and believes it to be similar to his own, and of the time in which we live. His essays have appeared in such literary magazines as "Camp de `L’Arpa", "Hora de Poesía" and several newspapers..


 He is a member of the International Society of Literature & Theater. Born in Olvega, Soria, in 1936, for the first twelve years of his life he was a sheperd boy. He then entered a religious seminary, where he remained until the age of 22, when he went to Madrid and began his studies at the University there in English and American Literature. He travelled and worked in Stoke-on.Trent, England; Edmonton, Canada; and New York, where he remained for two years and began to write fiction. He holds a Ph.D in Modern American Literature from the University of Madrid and an M.A. from the University of New York. From 1965 to 1966 he was a Lecturer at the University of Edmonton; from 1967 Chairman in a High School; and then he was appointed Lecturer at the University Autonoma de Barcelona; Visiting Professor at the Universities of Temple, Philadelphia, Hayward, CA, and New Orleans.

   He is also the author of "Historia de la Literatura sudamericana" (Madrid. Edi-6,1987). "Walt Whitman Centennial" (ICE. Univ. de Granada, 1992). "Walt Whitman. Hojas de Hierba", an anthology. (Madrid. Alianza Editorial, 1995). "Literatura Chicana: Reflexiones y Ensayos Críticos" (Granada. Editorial Comares, 1999). "Emily Dickinson, Crónica de Plata" anthology of Hiperión y la ultima "Walt Whitman, Redobles de tambor" (2005) also of Hiperión.

As novelist he has been included in "La novela española dentro de España" (Antonio Fernández Heliodoro, Ed. Madrid, 1987) and in collections of short stories like "Razón de Ser"(Universidad de Granada, 1987); "Premio Jaén de Relatos" (Ayuntamiento de Jaén, 1993). He has directed thesis, given lectures in Spain, Holland. Greece, England and the United States. He has spent long periods of time in Africa and has written three novels about this continent. He is also co-author of several books and television scripts about Africa,"Andalucia en la Curva del Niger" (Universidad de Granada, 1987), "Las Ciudades Perdidas de Mauritania" (Granada. Sierra Nevada 95, 1996), "Los Armas del Niger" (Canal Sur TV), "Las Ciudades Perdidas de Mauritania", "El Vientre de la Tierra", all shown on television.

Member of the Academia de las buenas letras de Granada