Josep Maria Quintana (Alaior, Menorca, 1950) is a novelist, essayist and property registrar.
With degrees in Arts (1974) and Law (1976), he is the author of historical essays with titles including Menorca, segle XX. De la monarquia a la república (1976, winner of the 1973 Maó Athenaeum Prize), Els menorquins i l'autonomia (1977), Menorca davant el repte cultural europeu (1992), Regionalisme i cultura catalana a Menorca (1888-1936) (1998), La restauració a Menorca (1874-1923) (1999), and Una història particular: Els conflictes Església-Estat a la Menorca del Segle XVIII (2016). His career as a novelist began with Retorn a Solterra (1991), which was followed by the titles Aquella nit a l’òpera (1994) and Oficis de tenebra (1998). In 2006 his novel Els Nikolaidis was published and was followed in 2008 by Les revolucions perdudes. He also wrote the works Els herois de la nit (2011), Ningú no pot enganyar els morts (2012, winner of the 2011 Llorenç Villalonga Prize for Fiction), Els Clark (2014), and La noia que va sortir d'un quadre de Botticelli (2017).
For some periods he has worked as a columnist for the newspaper Menorca, and he was a member of the Consultative Council of the Balearic Islands from the time it was founded in 1993 until 2001, and he was also a member of the Balearic Civil Law Advisory Council (2000-2003 and 2008).
He is a member of the Associació d’Escriptors en Llengua Catalana (Association of Catalan Language Writers – AELC).
Web page: Toni Terrades for AELC.
Documentation: Josep Maria Quintana.
Photographs: Author’s personal files.