Darío Xohán Cabana

Category: Writer
Birth Date: In 1952
Birth Place: Roás – Cospeito (Lugo)

He studied Secondary Education in Lugo. Manuel María, who he usually visited in Monforte de Lemos, was his master and guide. After selling Galician books all over Galicia for some time, he began to work in Vigo with the writer Xosé María Álvarez Blázquez in the late 1970. Five years later, he returned to Lugo, where he sold books before being liberated by the national Trade Union head office. In 1983, he moved to Corcubión, after a public competition for a post as a guard. In 1987, he began to work as a civil servant in the City Council of Lugo, where he is still working in the city’s cultural department, elaborating touristic brochures. He has also been publishing a crossword in Galician in La Voz de Galicia for many years.

 Work & Activities

He published his first poetry book in 1970 and his whole poetry work was published in a volume titled Vinte Cadernos (Xerais, 2003). In the late 80’s, he also began to publish novels and stories for children. His novel Galván en Saor is one of the best sold books in the history of Galician literature.

 Other Interesting Aspects

He has also translated several works, mainly poetry. His translations of Petrarca and Dante are one of his most important ones. In 1991, he was awarded the Gold Medal of Florence for his version of the Divina Comedia. He has been also awarded ‘Ramón Cabanillas’ Translation Prize, ‘Ciudad de Lugo’ and ‘Ciudad de Ourense’ Narrative Prizes, ‘Martín Códax’ Poetry Prize and ‘Xerais’ Novel Prize.