Gabi Martínez

Considered to be one of the renovators of travel writing in Spain, his career as an author is also linked with nature writing.

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Gabi Martínez (Barcelona, 1971) is a writer, scriptwriter, and journalist. He has written some twenty books including novels, classical travel books, the most experimental literature, and literary journalism. He is regarded as one of the renovators of travel writing in Spain thanks to works like Los mares de Wang (The Seas of Wang, Alfaguara, 2008), in which he describes a journey along the coast of China with a translator who had never seen the sea, and Sudd (Alfaguara, 2007), about a journey along the River Nile. He is also a key figure of Liternatura, a festival that invites participants to rethink the relations among people, creation, and nature, as he himself does in his book Un cambio de verdad (A True Change, Seix Barral, 2020), a defence of rural life in which he settles in Extremadura and learns how to be a shepherd. Also notable is his series of illustrated books Animales invisibles (Invisible Animals, Nórdica, 2020), a project with which he aims to present the mysterious species that appear in myths and legends, supposedly extinct animals, and those that cannot be found. His most recent book, Naturalmente urbano (Naturally Urban, Destino, 2021), is an essay that aspires to rethink present-day cities on the basis of Barcelona’s superblocks.