Maria MercŔ Roca (Potbou, Alt EmpordÓ, 1958). Writer and politician. She made her name with the collection of stories Sort que hi ha l'horitzˇ (1986), for which she was awarded the VÝctor CatalÓ. Subsequently she began writing novels, with titles such as Els arbres venšuts (1987), El present que m'acull (1987), awarded with the Josep Pla, Perfum de nard (1988), La casa gran (1991), Greuges infinits (1992), Cames de seda (1992), awarded the Sant Jordi, L'Óngel del vespre (1998), Delictes d'amor (2000), awarded the Ramon Llull, or Els dies difÝcils (2005), among others.
She has also written children's literature with titles such Com un miratge (1988) or El llop Pepito (2006), and the Tv series' script Secrets de famÝlia, shown by the Catalan TV3. She has work translated into Basque, Dutch, French, German and Spanish.
She is vice-president of the Associaciˇ d'Escriptors en Llengua Catalana.
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