An award winning Spanish poet, essayist, and novelist, Juan Goytisolo was born in January 1931 in Barcelona into an aristocratic family affected by the Spanish Civil War. His father was imprisoned by the Republican government and his mother was killed in the first Francoist air raid in 1938. He attended the University of Barcelona and the University of Madrid, publishing his first novel, The Young Assassins, in 1954. His deep opposition to General Franco led him into exile in Paris in 1956 and his works were banned in Spain until after Franco’s death.
While living in Paris he worked as a reader for the publisher Gallimard where he met and married the novelist and screenwriter Monique Lange, who died in 1996. He has reported from Cuba, Bosnia, Algeria and Chechnya and has worked as a visiting professor at various universities in the United States.
Juan Goytislo lives in Marrakech.