Joan Rendé i Masdéu (Barcelona, 1943). Journalist, novelist and lecturer in Literature. He has studied Medicine, Humanities, and Journalism. His column in the newspaper Avui under the pseudonym Doctor Scopius marked an entire epoch of article writing in Catalan. In 1982, he was awarded the City of Barcelona Prize for Journalism.
For his first book Sumari d’homicida (Homicide Indictment, 1978), he received the 1977 Víctor Català Prize. He then went on to publish Consultori sentimental de Cecília Bibiloni (Cecília Bibiloni’s Problem Page, 1988), La cavalleria impossible (The Impossible Cavalry, 1992), El barber violador (The Rapist Barber, 1997, which received the Crítica Catalana Prize), and his most recent work, La pedra a la sabata (The Stone in the Shoe, 2004), winner of the 2003 Mercè Rodoreda Prize. A marked sense of irony distinguishes his work.
Joan Rendé writes for the press and his work may be read in publications like Avui and Serra d'Or. He has also worked in radio and television, as a scriptwriter for TV3 and for Catalunya Ràdio, where the programme based on his work Consultori sentimental de Cecília Bibiloni (1987-1988) was very successful.
He is presently Director of the School of Writing and Humanities at the Ateneu Barcelonés and also a member of the writers' collective Ofèlia Dracs.
He is a member of AELC (Association of Catalan Language Writers).
Web page: Xulio Ricardo Trigo for AELC.
Translation: Julie Wark.
Photographs: Personal file of the author.