ARTURO PÉREZ REVERTE • Laura Fernández López, 3º B.
BIOGRAPHY • Arturo Pérez Reverte was born in Cartagena, Murcia (España) on november 24th , 1951, in a sailor family. • In his grandfather´s library , Arturo read the classics of the adventures literature as Alejandro Dumas, Emilio Salgari, Joseph Conrad or Robert L. Stevenson. • After finishing his secundary studies, Pérez Reverte studied Politics Sciences and Journalism, working in press, radio and television. • He worked for the Diary “Pueblo” and, for a long time, in TVE as a war correspondent, in Sahara, Nicaragua, el Salvador or Bosnia. He presented a tv programme called “Código Uno”, too. • In the eighties he started his literary trajectory. He published “El Húsar” (1986). After “Territorio Comanche” (1994) he gave up journalism, except for writing in “El Semanal”; now his job is writer. • In 2003 he is elected Member of de Spanish Language Academy of the “capital letter T”.
PLAYS • The hussar” (1986) : set in the napoleonic period. • “The fencing master” (1988) : novel of adventures but also a detective story set in Madrid in 1868. • “The Flandes´ Panel” (1990) : a thriller based on chess about the Europe history. • “The club Dumas” (1993) : a thriller protagonized by Lucas Corso, who has to discover the secret of a strange book. • “The eagle´s shadow” (1993) : based on a real fact occurred in Rusia in 1812. • “Comanche territory” (1994) : about his memories in war of ex –Yugoslavia. • “Cachito (A matter of honour)” (1995) : short tale about fayries and pirates. • “Breve work” (1995) : a compilation of short tales with a prologue by Rafael Conte.
PLAYS • “The Seville Communion” (1995) : a thriller set in Seville, about a hacker. • “Captain Alatriste” (1996): the story of a veteran soldier of Fnades who makes his living as a swordman for hire. • “Purity of blood” (1997: whose protagonist is Diego Alatriste. • “Corsican Patent” (1998) : a selection of texts published in “El Semanal”. • “The sun over Breda” (1998): the third part of Captain Alatriste. • “The king´s gold” (2000) : the fourth part of Captain Alatriste´s adventures. • “The nautical chart” (2000): it is the story of a sailor without a ship. • “With the intention of offending” (2001): another compilation of his articles. • “The queen of the south” (2002) : it is the story of Teresa Mendoza. • “The yellow jerkin knight” (2003) : the fifth part of Alatriste.
PLAYS • “Cape Trafalgar” (2004): it tells the story of a ship that participated in that battle. • “The painter of battles” (2006) : a story about a dreamer. • “The vengance of Alquézar” (2006) : the last Alatriste´s adventure. • “You won´t take me alive” (2006) : compilation of articles published between 2001 and 2005. • “An anger day” (2007) : about the facts that took place on second may, 1812. • “Blue eyes” : about the American Conquest, unpublished.
Films based on his novels and original screenplays. • “Quart: the man from Rome” (2007) : a t.v. Serial based on the novel “The Seville Communion”. Int. José María Pou, Roberto Enriquez. • “The nautical chart” (2007) : Dir. Imanol Uribe. Int. Aitana Sánchez- Gijón, Enrico Lo Verso. • “Alatriste” (2006) : Dir. Agustín Díaz- Yanes. Int. Viggo Mortensen, Unax Ugalde, Elena Anaya. • “Gipsy” (2000) : original screenplay by Pérez Reverte. Dir. Manuel Palacios. Int. Pilar Bardén, Marta Belaustegui, Joaquin Cortés. • “The road to Santiago” (1999): a t,v, serial with original screenplay by Pérez Reverte. Dir. Robert Young. Int. Juan Echanove, Anabel Alonso, Anthony Queen, Robert Wagner, Charlton Heston. • “The ninth gate” (1999) : based on the novel “The Club Dumas”. Dir. Roman Polanski. Int. Johnny Deep. Frank Langella.
Films based on his novel and original screenplays • “Comanche territory” (1997): Dir. Gerardo Herrero. Int. Imanol Arias, Carmelo Gómez, Cecilia Dopazo. • “Cachito” (1995) : Dir. Enrique Urbizu. Int. Amara Carmona, Sancho Gracia, Jorge Perrugorria. • “The Flandes´ panel” (1994) : Original title “Uncovered”. Dir. Jim Mcbride. Int. Kate Beckinsale, John Wood, Peter Wingfield. • “The fencing master” (1992) : Dir. Pedro Olea. Int. Omero Antonutti, _Assunpta Serna, Joaquim de Almedia.
Awards • 1992 : Premio Goya to the best adapted screenplay by“The fencing master”. • 1993 : Grand Prix of detective literature of France by “The club Dumas”. • 1993 : Premio Asturias of journalim for his work as war correspondent during the ex – Yugoslavia war. • 1993 : Premio Ondas for his work in RNE. • 1993 : “The Flandes´panel” is awarded with the Swedish Academy Award to the best translation of Detective novel. • 1994 : Premio Palle Rosenkranz to the “The club Dumas” by the Danish Criminilogy Academy. • 1995 : “The Seville communion” obtains the Elle Award. • 1996 : Pérez Reverte is awarded with the Premio del Día Mundial del Turismo de la ciudad de Sevilla for his work “The Seville communion”. • 1997: “The Seville communion”, Jean Monnet of European Literature award.
Awards • 1997 : Pérez Reverte is awarded with the Premio Grupo Correo for his human values, his profesional labour and his social projection. • 1998 : He is named “Knight of the Order of Words and Arts of Fance by the president of the French Republic. • 1999 : Premio Leader of Freedom , by La Albuera (Badajoz). • 2000 : Premio by the Cadena Cope – Cadena Cien of Vizcaya. • 2001 : Mediterranean Prize to the best foraign novel published in that year in France for “The nautical chart” by the Goncourt Academy. • 2002 : Medal of the French Navy Academy for “The nautical chart”. • 2003 : Member of the Spanish Royal Academy. • 2004 : He is named Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universidad Politécnica of Cartagena. • 2004 : XXIX Prize González Ruano of Journalism. • 2004 : V Premio Joaquin Romero Murube.
Captain Alatriste • It is an adventure novel set in the early 17th century in Spain – atime when the mighty Empire was beginning to crumble as a result of disaatrous wars and the rule of the inept and decadent Felipe IV. After being wounded in Flandes, captain Alatriste returns to Madrid to make his livings as a swordman for hire. Alatriste is a t once brave, forthright and learned- but also a something of a womaniser, a heavy drinker and an assassin. • It was written with his daughter Carlota Pérez Reverte (Madrid, 1983). • Main characters: Diego Alatriste, Iñigo Balboa, Fray Emilio Bocanegra, Gualterio Malatesta, Luis de Alquezar and Angélica de Alquezar. • Themes: The spanish society and the style of life in the 17th century, the language, the politic and religious intrigues, the soldier life conditions, the friendship, the love...
Curiosities • He defines himself as “a sailor and a reader who became a writer by chance”. • According to him, “if I am in the RAE is because of Alatriste. He took me there”. • What he hates most is “ the studipity and the ignorance allied to power”. • In his free time, he likes having a coffee in his natal land, we can see him anyday having a coffee at Mayor Street of Cartagena or at the Trapería Street of Murcia. In summer, he likes visiting Cabo de Palos. • His books have been published in more than fifty countries and translated to more than thirtyfour languages. • He was the only one candidate for the Capital T letter sofa of the RAE. • In 1994 he read the Proclamation for the Carthaginians and Romans Feasts, in his natal city, Cartagena. • On november, 2002, it appeared a stamp based on captain Alatriste. And there is a board game and a role game based on the character.