Retrat de Santiago Alba Rico

Writer and essayist

Santiago Alba Rico is a writer and essayist. He studied Philosophy at the Complutense University of Madrid. In the 1980s, he was a screenwriter for the universally popular television show La bola de cristal [The Crystal Ball] and has published more than twenty books on politics, philosophy and literature, as well as three children’s stories and a play. 

Translator from Arabic, he also regularly collaborates with a variety of news media, including Público, Cuarto Poder, CTXT, Diari Ara and El País. He has published the essays Las reglas del caos: Apuntes para una antropología del mercado [The Rules of Chaos: Notes for a Market Anthropology] (Anagrama, 1995), a finalist for the Anagrama essay prize, and, more recently, Islamofobia. Nosotros, los otros, el miedo [Islamophobia. We, the Others, the Fear] (Icaria, 2015), Nadie está seguro con un libro en las manos: lecturas inconvenientes [No One Is Safe With a Book in Their Hands: Inappropriate Readings] (Catarata, 2018) and Última hora. Los cuentos de Carne Cruda [Breaking News. The Stories of Carne Cruda] (Arrebato, 2019) which contains his radio collaborations with the programme Carne Cruda [Raw Meat].

Articles by Santiago Alba Rico

Il·lustració © Raquel Marín
Open city. The challenges of the futureThe end of the (common) world

The Flat Earth theory and other denialist utopias are the radical expression of increasingly widespread indignation at the mental and material decay of the common world. They do not want...

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