Lauded Spanish female crime writer revealed to be three men

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Television screenwriters Agustin Martínez, Jorge Diaz and Antonio Mercero surprised guests, who included King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain at the Planeta Awards on Friday, when they took to the stage to collect the prize money and revealed that the famous The crime writers didn’t really exist.

On the website for Mola’s Agent, the author – who has been compared to the celebrated Italian novelist Elena Ferrante – is described as a “Madrid-born writer” under the pseudonym to remain anonymous. Mola’s description on the website also features a series of photographs of an unidentified woman looking away from the camera.
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In previous interviews with Spanish media, Martínez, Díaz and Mercero presented Mola as a female university professor who lived in Madrid with her husband and children.

Molla’s novels usually revolve around the character of detective Elena Blanco, described by publisher Penguin Random House as a “strange and lonely woman” and “grapa, karaoke, sex in collectors’ cars and SUVs”. is lover.

However, the book that won the Planeta Prize was not Blanco’s story. It is a historical thriller called “The Beast” which is set during the cholera epidemic in 1834 and centers around a serial killer who is hunted by a journalist, a policeman and a young woman.


Mola novels are known for being bloody and graphic – and Spanish media have noted in the past that Mola’s alleged life as a married university professor and the violent nature of the books served as a useful marketing tool. Is.

In an interview with the actual authors after the revelation, Spain’s El Mundo newspaper reported: “It is not lost on anyone that the idea of ​​a university professor and mother of three, who teaches algebra classes in the morning and afternoon, writes The novels of barbaric and horrific violence have had a good marketing campaign.”

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The news shocked many fellow litterateurs – and not everyone is thrilled with the news. Beatriz Gimeno, who describes herself as a writer and a feminist – and who was once director of the Women’s Institute, a major national equality body in Spain – took to Twitter to criticize Martinez, Díaz and Mercero .

In a tweet, Gimeno said: “Beyond using a female pseudonym, these guys have spent years doing interviews. It’s not just names, it’s fake profiles they’ve used to lure in readers and journalists. Scammers “

In 2020, a regional branch of the Women’s Institute included Mola’s work as part of a selection of “feminist readings” with Canadian poet Margaret Atwood and Spanish author Irene Vallejo.

Mola was still listed as a writer on the Penguin Random House website over the weekend. Granthshala has reached out to Penguin Random House for comment but has yet to receive a response.


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