Belén Gopegui is, to date, the author of eight novels, three short stories, a play and three screenplays, and was once hailed as “la mejor novelista de su generación” (“the best novelist of her generation”) by the celebrated writer Francisco Umbral (2001: 60). Born in Madrid in October 1963, she is the daughter of Luis Ruiz de Gopegui, the eminent physicist and former director of NASA in Spain, and Margarita Durán. Beyond these bare facts, relatively little is known about the author’s personal biography, which is not surprising given her well-known reluctance to disclose such information, declaring once “Nunca cuento recuerdos personales” (“I never tell personal anecdotes about my past”) (Labari, 2002). Such reluctance is directly linked to the author’s aims,…

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Citation: Rabanal, Hayley. "Belén Gopegui". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 July 2012 [, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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