Rafael Argullol Murgadas (Barcelona, 1949), writer, poet and essayist, is Chair of Aesthetics and Art Theory of the Humanities Department at Pompeu Fabra University. He has written more than thirty books in diverse literary fields. Among them: poetry (Disturbios del conocimiento Disturbances of Knowledge; Duelo en el Valle de la Muerte, Mourning in Death Valley; El afilador de cuchillos, The Knife Sharpener), fiction (Lampedusa; El asalto del cielo, The Assault of Heaven; Desciende, río invisible, Descend, Invisible River; La razón del mal, The Reason of Evil; Transeuropa, Transeurope; Davalú o el dolor; Davalú or Pain; Pasión del dios que quiso ser hombre; Passion of the God who Wanted to be a Man), essay (La atracción del abismo, The Attraction of the Abyss; El Héroe y el Único, The Hero and the Only; El fin del mundo como obra de arte, The End of the World as a Work of Art; Aventura: Una filosofía nómada, Adventure: A Nomadic Philosophy; Manifiesto contra la servidumbre, Manifesto Against Serfdom; Maldita perfección. Escritos sobre el sacrificio y la celebración de la belleza, Damned Perfection. Writings on Sacrifice and the Celebration of Beauty), and what he has termed transversal writing, a genre that goes beyond habitual literary genres (El cazador de instantes, The Hunter of Instants; El puente del fuego, The Bridge of Fire; Enciclopedia del crepúsculo, Encyclopedia of the Twilight; Breviario de la aurora, Breviary of the Dawn; Visión desde el fondo del mar, Vision from the Bottom of the Sea). Recently, he has published El enigma de Lea. Cuento mítico para una ópera (2019).
His latest publications include Poema, Poem (2017); Tratado erótico-teológico, An Erotic-Theological Treaty (2016) y Mi Gaudí espectral. Una narración, My Spectral Gaudí. A Narration (2015). He studied Philosophy, Economics and Information Sciences at the University of Barcelona. He has also studied at the University of Rome, the Warburg Institute in London and the Free University of Berlin; he has a PhD in Philosophy (1979) from the University of Barcelona. He has been visiting professor at UC Berkeley, and has taught in American and European universities, as well as lectured in cities across Europe, America and Asia. He is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines, and has frequently merged his travels with his literary aesthetics. He has participated in diverse theatrical and film projects. He was awarded the Nadal Prize for his novel The Reason of Evil (1993), the Fondo de Cultura Económica Essay Prize for A Sensory Education (2002), the Calamo (2010) and City of Barcelona (2010) awards for Vision from the Bottom of the Sea, as well as Alicia Award to the Best Creation 2019 for El enigma de Lea. Cuento mítico para una ópera (2019).
Writing by hand undoubtedly makes you progress more clumsily, but it also gives you the opportunity to reconcile with the senses, as if, before the sheet of paper, you were able to caress the bark of the tree or to be pricked by the thorns of a rose bush.