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Jorge Ferrer

Writer, literary translator, and journalist

Born in Havana, he moved to Moscow in 1982, studied Journalism at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), and resided there until 1990. On returning to his native Cuba, he joined the Paideia group, a collective project of joining forces to renew the country’s cultural scene. In 1994 he moved to Barcelona, where he still resides and has consolidated a good part of his career as a literary translator, writer, and journalist.

As a translator from Russian, he has rendered into Spanish classical and contemporary works by authors including Aleksandr Herzen, Svetlana Alexievich, Vasily Rozanov, Maria Stepanova, and many more. His work has been recognised by the 2012 Russian Literature in Spain Prize, awarded by the Boris Yeltsin Foundation, and the prestigious 2020 Read Russia award for his translation of Guzel Yakhina’s Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes (Zuleijá abre los ojos).

Ferrer has participated as a lecturer in literary festivals like Kosmopolis.The Amplified Literature Fest (2004) amongst others. He has also published two books of his own, Minimal Bildung (Catalejo, 2001) and Días de coronavirus: Un itinerario (Coronavirus Days, Editorial Hypermedia, 2021) and his articles are published in various publications including El Mundo, El Estornudo, World Literature Today, Letras libres and Hypermedia Magazine.

Update: 1 September 2022


Has participated in

Maria Stepanova

In memory of memory

Svetlana Alexievich

The Voices of Europe

Cuba and its futures