“What I am reflecting on is that I have to forgive people, events, time, the world, the country and probably also myself in order to be able to write. Your Clarice Lispector was trying this, I assume, and somehow apparently she managed. Or maybe I should say this: I am writing in order to forgive.”
— Ece Temelkuran (Turkey), Letter to Annelies Beck, 15 August 2016
Born in 1976, Use Lahoz is a Spanish novelist, poet and journalist. He studied in Madrid, Barcelona, Aachen and Padua before settling in Barcelona and then in Paris, where he teaches Spanish culture at Sciences Po.
He made his debut with the novel Leer del revés, voted best foreign novel at the Festival du premier roman de Chambéry. In 2007 he published his first volume of poetry, Envío sin cargo. For his novel Los Baldrich (2009), the FNAC elected him ‘Talent of the year’. In 2010 he published a new collection of poems entitled A todo pasado, and the following year he released La estación perdida. This novel depicts the turbulent climate that dominated Spain during the second half of the twentieth century. In 2012 he published his first young-adult novel, Volverán a por mí (Galera Jovenes Lectores award).
In 2013, Use Lahoz was a Passa Porta writer-in-residence. Since then, he has published El año en que me enamoré de todas, winner of the prestigious Premio Primavera de Novela.