Toni Sala (Sant Feliu de Guíxols, 1969), a teacher and writer, received the 1997 Documenta Prize for his book Entomologia (1997), which was followed by the novel Pere Marín (1998) and the short story collection Bones notícies (2001). His book Petita crònica d’un professor a secundària (2001) brought his work to the attention of a wide readership. He set out in the genre of autobiography with Goril·la blanc (2002) and resumed his work in this area with Una família (2021). In Un relat de la nova immigració africana (2003), he tells the story of a Gambian living in Catalonia. His book Rodalies (2004) was awarded the Sant Joan Prize and the National Award for Literature. He returned to novel writing with Marina (2010) after he had published Quatre dies a l’Àfrica (2005) in which he describes a trip to Guinea, Comelade, Casasses, Perejaume (2006), offering profiles of three Catalan artists, and Autoestop (2007), in which he portrays Catalonia. In 2012, he published Notes sobre literatura as well as the two stories of Provisionalitat. He received the City of Barcelona Prize for El cas Pujol (2014), and his most recent novels are Els nois (2014) and Persecució (2019).
Toni Sala, one of the most brilliant and best-known Catalan fiction writers today, is a member of the Associació d’Escriptors en Llengua Catalana (AELC – Association of Catalan Language Writers).
Web page: Toni Terrades for AELC.
Photograph: Anna Sala.
Translated by Julie Wark.