Clara Janés

Clara Janés (Barcelona 1940) is a Spanish well-recognised poet, writer of several genres and a distinguished translator of different central European and eastern languages. Since 2015, she occupies the “U” seat in the Royal Spanish Academy, becoming the tenth woman elected as a member of the RAE. Her love for literature, especially poetry, started at an early age. She studied with Professor José Manuel Blecua at the University of Barcelona. After the death of her father, the famous editor and poet Josep Janés, in 1960 she moved to Pamplona, where she completed her university bachelor degree in Philosophy. At the University of Paris, she studied Maîtrise in Comparative Literature. At the age of 23, her father’s friend Gerardo Diego enabled her to publish her first book Las estrellas vencidas (1964). That same year she decided to move to Madrid, where she currently resides. She translated into Spanish the Czech author Vladimír Holan. She has also translated into Spanish the works of Marguerite Duras, Nathalie Sarraute, Katherine Mansfield and William Golding. In collaboration with native people of Turkish and Persian descent, she has translated both modern and ancient myths. Since 1983, Clara Janés participates in national and international literary events. Her poetry has been translated more than twenty different languages. She directs the Collection Poesía del Oriente y del Mediterráneo, in which she has published works of poets such as Yunus Emre, Sohrab Sepehri, Adonis, Halas, Vladimir Holan, Nezval, Orten, Jaroslav Seifert, Ilhan Berk, Rumi, Odysseas Elitis, António Ramos Rosa, Wang Wei, Nazim Hikmet, Nichita Stănescu, Du Fu, Johannes Bobrowski, Hafez of Shiraz, Halladch Mansur Mahmud Darwish, Sujata Bhatt, Forough Farrokhzad, Ahmad Shamloo, Abbas Kiarostami, Al-Mutanabbi, Sappho, Rilke, etc. Some of the titles of her work are: Las estrellas vencidas (1964), Límite humano (1974), En busca de Cordelia y poemas rumanos (1975), Libro de alienaciones (1980), Eros (1981), Vivir (1983, Premio Ciudad de Barcelona), Kampa (1986), Fósiles (1987), Lapidario (1988), Creciente fértil (1989), Emblemas (1991), Ver el fuego (1993), Diván del ópalo de fuego (1996), Rosas de fuego (1996), La indetenible quietud (1998), Arcángel de sombra (1999, Premio Ciudad de Melilla), Cajón de sastre (1999), El libro de los pájaros (1999), Los secretos del bosque (2002, Premio J. Gil de Biedma), Paralajes (2002), Vilanos (2004), Fractales (2005), Huellas sobre una corteza (2005), Los números oscuros (2006), La indetenible quietud (2008), Variables ocultas (2010), Orbes del sueño (2013), Según la costumbre de las olas (2013), Movimientos insomnes (2014) y Ψ o el jardín de las delicias (2014).