Jordi Sarsanedas (Barcelona, 1924 -2006) is a poet, narrator and translator. With an Arts degree from the University of Toulouse (Llenguadoc), he taught French language and literature in Barcelona. His literary work has been built around dreams and allegory and has always been open to tendencies concerned with the crisis of social and moral values in contemporary society, though he has always distanced himself from social realism.
The collection Mites (Myths) of 1954, founded in the early manifestations of the post-war short story, and the novel El martell (The Hammer) of 1956 are key elements in the rebirth of Catalan literature. He is also author of a range of critical and prose publications, along with articles, while occupying senior positions in a number of cultural institutions and entities. He was awarded the Premi d'Honor de les Lletres Catalanes (Award of Honour in Catalan Letters) in 1994 and was an Honorary Member of the Associació d'Escriptors en Llengua Catalana (Association of Catalan Language Writers).
Documentation: Jordi Ferrer,
Up-date: Xulio Ricardo Trigo.
Photograph: ©Teresa Sanz.