Irene Vallejo (James Rajotte)

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Irene Vallejo Moreu, born in Zaragoza in 1979, is a Spanish philologist, historian and writer.

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Her first published book was a scholarly investigation into literary terminology in the Roman poet Martial.

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She is the author of two novels, three collections of essays, articles, short fiction and two children’s books.


She earned her doctorate from the Universities of Zaragoza and Florence.

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Vallejo is a regular columnist for El País and Heraldo de Aragón.

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Her book Papyrus was awarded the National Essay Prize and the Critical Eye Prize for Narrative in Spain.

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Mario Vargas Llosa has described the book as “a masterpiece” and it has now been published in 30 countries.

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