Carme Riera (Palma, 1948) is a narrator, script-writer and essayist. She has a doctorate in Hispanic Philology and works as a university teacher.
The author of a body of work which is rich in both cultural and popular references, her work has revealed a skilful and prejudice-free use of the colloquial speech of her native Mallorca, ever since her first collection of stories Te deix, amor, la mar com a penyora (I Leave You, Love, the Sea as my Pledge) was published. She has been awarded a number of prizes, amongst them being the 1980 Prudenci Bertrana Prize for her novel Una primavera per a Domenico Guarini (A Springtime for Domenico Guarini), the 1989 Ramon Llull Prize for her Joc de miralls (A Play of Mirrors), the 1994 Josep Pla Prize for Dins el darrer blau (In the Last Shade of Blue), a historical novel which also received the Joan Crexells Prize, the Lletra d'Or (Golden Letter) Prize, the Ministry of Culture National Prize for Narrative and the Elio Vittorini Prize from the Syracuse Department of Tourism. In the year 2000, the Generalitat (Autonomous Government) of Catalonia awarded her the Creu de Sant Jordi (Saint George Cross). In 2013 she was elected Member of the Real Academia Espa˝ola.
She is a member of the Associaciˇ d'Escriptors en Llengua Catalana (Association of Catalan Language Writers).
Web page: Lena PaŘls. This page has been produced with the support of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
Up-date: Nausica SolÓ.
Photo: ęCarme Esteve (Portal)
Translation: Julie Wark.