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Arturo Perez-Reverte (1951 - )
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Arturo Pérez-Reverte (November 25, 1951, Cartagena, Spain) is a Spanish novelist and journalist. He worked as war reporter for twenty-one years (1973 - 1994). He started his journalistic career writing for the now-defunct newspaper Pueblo and then for Televisión Española (the Spanish state-owned television), often as a war correspondent. His first novel, El húsar, set in the Napoleonic Wars, was released in 1986.
He is now a member of the Real Academia Española, a position he has held since June 12, 2003.
Pérez-Reverte's novels are usually centered on one strongly defined character (male or female), and exhibit the author's Hemingway-like ability to build layers of complexity around each person. Plot moves along swiftly but not so fast as to make the reader lose contact with the place and time, and the writer often employs the services of a narrator who is somehow a part of the story but apart from it.
The majority of action usually takes place in Spain or around the Mediterranean, and often draws on numerous references to Spanish history, colonial past, art and culture, ancient treasures and the sea. The novels frequently deal with some of the major issues of modern times such as drug trafficking or the relationship of religion and politics, as well as timeless themes of morality and ethics, love and lust and power and money, though never in a simplistic fashion - recognising that there is usually more than one way to interpret a situation and the lines between right and wrong are often blurred beyond recognition.