The Madrid writer, the author of numerous essays and novels, has died at his home in Madrid, after confessing less than a month ago that he suffered from carcinoma
The writer Jorge Martínez Reverte (Madrid, September 28, 1948) died on the afternoon of this Wednesday, in Madrid, at the age of 72. The author of the famous novels starring Gálvez, his most popular character, had confessed less than a month ago that he suffered from carcinoma. He had recently spent a few days admitted to the hospital until a few days ago he returned home to continue convalescence.
His career developed between journalism and literature, as did that of his best-known character: Julio Gálvez, a restless journalist who made his first foray into the publishing world, in 1973, with ‘Too Much for Gálvez’. A very peculiar editor who wrote on a typewriter and used carbon paper to make his reports and that over the years, we saw him evolve in parallel with society, computer and mobile included, without his personality or humor being seen altered.
In total he published seven novels in this series. The last, in 2017: ‘Gálvez and the box of thunder’. To these must be added another three novels, a book of short stories, a personal essay, five biographies -among which are those of some figures of recent Spanish politics, such as the trade unionist Nicolás Round- and another nine historical essays, the Most of them focused on the Civil War and World War II: ‘The battle of the Ebro’ (2006), ‘The battle of Madrid’ (2007) or ‘The art of killing: how the Spanish Civil War was made’ (2009 ) and ‘The Blue Division. Russia, 1941-1944 ‘(2011).
Since the late 1970s, Reverte worked as a journalist for numerous Spanish media and collaborated with newspapers and magazines such as ‘Posible’, ‘Ciudadano’, ‘Triunfo’, or ‘Cambio 16’. He also worked for the Pyresa agency and was general director of Radio Televisión de Madrid and director of non-daily news programs for TVE. In 2009 he won the Ortega y Gasset award for the best press work for a report published in ‘El País’, where he had collaborated since 1980, where he recounted the death of his mother: “A dignified death.”