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Cristina Fernández Cubas was born in Arenys de Mar, Barcelona, in 1945. Since the publication of her first volume of short stories in 1980, she has become an undeniable point of reference for the generations of short story writers to have followed. She is the author of five short story collections, Mi hermana elba, Los altillos del brumal, El ángulo del horror, Con agatha en estambul, and Parientes pobres del diablo; the novels El año de gracia and El columpio; a play, Hermanas de sangre; and a groundbreaking memoir, Cosas que ya no existen, a book warmly received by both the critics and the public, which is known for having shaped one of the most fascinating and unique literary universes of Spanish literature. She has been translated into ten languages. Her complete stories were published recently by Tusquets, paying homage to her literary career, for which she received the Premio Cuidad de Barcelona and the Premio Salambó for the best book published in Spanish in 2008.