Andreu Carranza (Ascó, Ribera d'Ebre, 1957) is a writer.
He has published two poetry collections and several novels reflecting on the physical and human geography of the River Ebre region, among them La tinta de la immortalitat (1991, winner of the Recull Prize); El desert de l'oblit (1993, Ribera d'Ebre Prize); Riu avall (1996, Sebastià Juan Arbó Prize); A mumpare (2000); Anjub. Confessions d'un bandoler (2000, Sant Joan Prize for Fiction); El que l'herbolària sap (2002); and L'hivern del Tigre (2004). In 2007 he published La clau Gaudí (The Gaudí Key), which is co-authored with Esteban Martín. This mystery novel, translated into English and published by Harper Collins in 2008, became a best-seller, one of the most successful works of Catalan literature ever published in the international sphere.
In 2015 Andreu Carranza received the Josep Pla Prize for his El poeta del poble, a fictional account of the life of Jacint Verdaguer.
As a member of the rumba group Lo Gitano Blanc, he is very active in the cultural sphere where he also takes part in radio talk shows, writes for the press, hosts television programmes and engages in other activities.
He is a member of the Associació d'Escriptors en Llengua Catalana (AELC – Association of Catalan Language Writers).
Web page: Josep Miàs for AELC.
Documentation: Andreu Carranza, Josep Miàs, Josepa Ribera Baron and Josep S. Cid.
Opening photograph: © Xavier Torres-Bacchetta / Edicions 62.
Translated by Julie Wark.