Jorge Carrión was born in Tarragona in 1976, but he has lived in Mataró and Barcelona most of the time. He has a PhD in Humanities from the Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, and manages the Master in Creative Writing of the same institution. He has lived in Buenos Aires, Rosario and Chicago. He uses to publish in several journals and magazines such as El País, La Vanguardia or Letras Libres. He is the author of a tetralogy of fiction (that includes Los muertos, Los huérfanos, Los turistas and Los difuntos) and is also the author of various non-fiction books, such as Australia. Un viaje, Teleshakespeare and Librerías. He was the curator of the exhibition “Las variaciones Sebald”, in the Contemporary Culture Center of Barcelona (CCCB). His work has been translated into Chinese, Portuguese, Italian, German, French, Polish and English.
1976: He is born in Tarragona (Spain), because of the job of his father, who works there in Telefónica, the Spanish public phone company.
1977: The Carrión Gálvez family moves out to Mataró, a village close to Barcelona.
1979: He starts his elementary education in the Balmes School of Mataró.
1990: He starts secondary school in the Alexandre Satorras Institute of Mataró. Two teachers will be crucial in his literary training: Llorenç Soldevila and Pilar Vidal. He wins some short story municipal awards.
1994: He begins the recently created degree in Humanities in the Pompeu Fabra University.
1998: He gets his bachelor and spends two months teaching in the Spanish College of Guatemala.
1999: He begins his PhD studies in Spanish contemporary literature in the University of Barcelona. First journeys across Europe. He starts publishing literature reviews in the journal Avui.
2000: He teaches Spanish literature in the European School Aula, managed by Josep Maria Lluró. He joins the editorial board of Lateral, a cultural magazine directed by Mihály Des, which is and will be formed by different writers such as Juan Trejo, Juan Gabriel Vásquez or Mathias Enard.
2001: He continues his PhD studies in Comparative literature in the Pompeu Fabra University. He discovers California, Mexico and Central America. He publishes the short novel Ene.
2002: He visits Australia to write a book about his family, who emigrated there in the sixties. He starts collaborating with Letras Libres.
2003: He wins a KRTU grant to develop his project GR-84 about the German writer W. G. Sebald and the artist Francesc Abad. He changes Spain for Buenos Aires in order to travel the world from there. He travels all around Argentina, Bolivia, Perú and Chile. He begins to publish in the pages of the cultural supplement of the Spanish journal La Vanguardia.
2004: He travels around Uruguay and Brasil. He collaborates with the cultural supplement of the Montevidean journal El País. He lives in Buenos Aires and Rosario. He studies German in the Goethe Institut of Buenos Aires. He is invited by Julio Ortega to the FIL, the international book fair of Guadalajara, among other writers such as Antonio Ortuño or Guadalupe Nettel.
2005: He receives a PhD grant and he researches and teaches some courses in the University of Chicago. He travels around China. He comes back to Spain.
2006: He starts giving lessons of contemporary literature from Spanish America in the Pompeu Fabra University. He publishes La brújula, a compilation of articles and essays related to his American voyages. Lateral closes. The magazine’s editor-in-chief on its last years had been Robert Juan-Cantavella, and different writers like Gabriela Wiener or Jaime Rodríguez Z. were part of the project.
2007: He gets his PhD with a thesis on travelling in the literature of Juan Goytisolo and W. G. Sebald, directed by Antonio Monegal. This academic text will become a book, the essay Viaje contra espacio. First of many voyages to Venezuela and to the Near East.
2008: His book Australia. Un viaje appears after six years of work. He becomes, together with Eloy Fernández Porta, one of the founding teachers of the Master in Creative Writing of the UPF, managed by José María Micó. He curates the exhibition “Travelling Circular” in the museum Ca l’Arenas in Mataró. He publishes El lugar de Piglia. Crítica sin ficción (Candaya), a critical anthology presented in Buenos Aires together with Graciela Speranza and Piglia himself.
2009: After three years at charge of the cultural magazine Quimera –along with Jaime Rodríguez Z. and Juan Trejo–, he leaves the direction. He writes reviews about books and TV series in different media. He travels around Latin America and the Middle East. He teaches travel memoir in the Writing School of L’Ateneu de Barcelona.
2010: His novel Los muertos, a polemic work due to his audiovisual nature, appears in Literatura Mondadori, a division of Penguin Random House. This work has many editions in different countries: Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela (Lugar Común) and Italy (Atmosphere Libri).
2011: He publishes Teleshakespeare (Errata Naturae), one of the first essays on tv series criticism to be written in Spanish, which will see several editions in foreign countries, specially in Latin America: Mexico (Tintable), Costa Rica (Germinal) and Argentina (Interzona). He organizes the meeting “Performative Literatures” in La Casa Encendida, Madrid. Los muertos is awarded by the Festival du Premier Roman, in Chambéry. Some of his texts appear in anthologies from Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, France and Germany.
2012: He publishes Mejor que ficción. Crónicas ejemplares (Anagrama), an anthology that collects texts by twenty-one chronicle writers from Spanish America. He takes part in a translation workshop concerning his novel Los muertos, in Melbourne, run by Peter Bush. He voyages to South Africa.
2013: He’s the finalist of the Anagrama Award on Essay with Librerías. In a few months the book reaches six editions in Spain, and in the following years it is translated into Italian, French, English, Polish and Chinese. He is the guest writer in the course imparted by Cristina Rivera Garza as part of the Creative Writing Master of the San Diego University.
2014: Galaxia Gutenberg decides to publish his whole fiction work and releases the novels Los muertos and Los huérfanos. The collection “Lo Real”, from the publishing house Malpaso, starts under his direction. He holds some conferences in the universities of Berkeley and New York. He publishes, with Reinaldo Laddaga, the collective remake Riplay. He gives a course on TV Series in the Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona (MACBA).
2015: He publishes his novels Los turistas (Galaxia Gutenberg) and Los difuntos (Aristas Martínez), completing the four parts of his tetralogy. He curates the exhibition “Las variaciones Sebald” in the CCCB. He interviews the Spanish writer Juan Goytisolo for a documentary in TVE, the Spanish public television. He teaches a course in Los Andes University, in the city of Bogotá, Colombia, and becomes an instructor in the workshop of journalistic books managed by Martín Caparrós in the FNPI (Ibero-American New Journalism Foundation), in Oaxaca. He publishes his first graphic novel Barcelona. Los vagabundos de la chatarra (Norma), with the artist Sagar.