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The neutrality of this article is disputed. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please do not remove this message until conditions to do so are met. He was born in Valencia and has spent most of his life in Madrid , where he studied philosophy and literature at the Universidad Complutense. He was a poor but curious student and did the majority of his schoolwork at night while he worked in a savings bank.
At the university he began studying philosophy and literature, which he abandoned in his third year. He obtained a job as an administrator at Iberia , dedicating himself to reading and writing. But his most popular novel was Papel mojado , an assignment for a publisher of young adult literature that was a commercial success and continues to sell well. Simultaneously, he began to publish articles in the Spanish press with great success, so he left the employment of the Iberian press and now makes a living as a journalist and author.
In his numerous works—which are mostly psychological and introspective—any daily fact can become a fantastic event. He created his own personal literary genre, the articuento, in which an everyday story is transformed into a fantasy that allows the reader to see reality more critically. On the program La Ventana , on the channel Ser , he has a time slot Fridays at in which he encourages viewers to send short accounts about words from the dictionary.
Currently, he is constructing a glossary, within which these accounts have a large role. In his novel, titled Laura y Julio, we find his principal obsessions expressed: the problem of identity, symmetry, other inhabitable spaces within our space, love, fidelity, and jealousy. With her, he had his second child. On 15 October , he was presented with the Premio Planeta for his autobiographical novel El mundo, some memories of childhood, almost of adolescence, that tell the story of a boy who lives on the street and whose dream is to escape that street.
Juan José Millás