Víctor Fernández Freixanes

Category: Writer and journalist
Birth Date: 25th august 1951
Birth Place: Pontevedra

Real Academia Galega

He is a writer, editor, journalist and Professor (Faculty of Communication Sciences – University of Santiago de Compostela). He is a member of the Consello da Cultura Galega.

He took a doctor’s degree in Romance Philology at the University of Santiago in 1998. He entered the Galician Academy on 27th February 2004 with the speech “Desafíos para un novo século. Entre a Trabe de Ouro e a Paxariña de Armenteira”. Nowadays he directs Editorial Galaxia S.A. and Merlín Comunicación S.L., and is co-editor of Grial (Revista Gallega de Cultura) together with Professor Henrique Monteagudo.

He wrote journalistic books: Unha ducia de galegos (Galaxia, 1976) and Memorias dun fuxido (Edicións Xerais de Galicia, 1980), which was finalist of the International press Award in Niza. As a novelist, he published O triángulo inscrito na circunferencia (Galaxia, 1983), O enxoval da noiva (Galaxia, 1988), A Cidade dos Césares (Edicións Xerais de Galicia, 1993) and Cabalo de ouros (Galaxia, 2010). In 1991, he published Unha avelaíña na lámpada, a short story illustrated by the painter Xosé Freixanes (Edicións Aguatinta). In 1989, he published O día en que perdemos o mar (Ir Indo, Pontevedra) with photographs by X. Vilar Cardona. He was awarded Blanco Amor Novel Prize (1983), Gonzalo Torrente Ballester Prize (1993), the Spanish and Galician Critic Prize on two occasions and Modesto Figueirido Shorty Story Prize for “A caza das cascudas” in 1980. He was also awarded Fernández Latorre Journalism Prize in 2002 and the prize to the writer of the year, organized by the Galician Federation of Booksellers, for “Cabalo de ouros”. As a journalist, he was cofounder of Teima (1976), the first magazine of general information in Galician language after Franco’s dictatorship; editor of Radio Popular de Vigo from 1974 to 1980, where he promoted Galician language in the radio. From 1985 to 1986, he directed “A trabe de ouro” on TVG. As an essayist and director of research projects, he focused his activity in communication and cultural industries: O disco e o cine. A cultura e os medios de comunicación de masas (Banco de Bilbao, 1980), “Lingua, poder e comunicación social”, in Cultura e medios de comunicación en sociedades dependentes (Ediciós do Castro, 1981), “El libro en lengua gallega” in Historia ilustrada del libro español (GSR Foundation, 1996), “O perfil do xornalista na sociedade dixital” in A comunicación audiovisual na era dixital (USC, 1996), “Os novos medios” in Comunicación 2000 (Consello da Cultura Galega, 2000), “A sociedade da información” and rapporteur of Galicia 2010 (Association of Galicia 2010 Research Project). He directed Galicia, Unha luz no Atlántico (several authors, Xerais de Galicia, 2001) and O capital da cultura. Mapa das industrias culturais de Galicia (Caixa Galicia Foundation, 2010), in collaboration with Alberto Meixide Vecino). From 1988 to 1993 he was director general of Edicións Xerais de Galicia and afterwards, up to 1998, director general of publications of Grupo Anaya and director of Alianza Editorial S.A. Since 2005 he has been the president of Otero Pedrayo Foundation and member of the executive patronage of Germán Sánchez Ruipérez Foundation. He is a usual collaborator in press with opinion columns (La Voz de Galicia) and was invited as teacher and lecturer in several foreign universities: The Graduate School and University Centre of New York, Forham University of NY and University of Tamaulipas (Mexico). He was also speaker of seminars about publishing in international fairs (Buenos Aires) with a special attention to new technologies. He translated Lettres de mon moulin by Alphonse Daudet into Galician language (Edicións Xerais de Galicia, 1980).


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