Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa (born 11 October 1936 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands) is a Spanish novelist, inventor and industrialist. His novels have sold over 25 million copies worldwide. He is the owner of A.V.F.S.L, a desalinization company that uses a method of desalinization by pressure, invented by himself.
Álberto Vázquez-Figueroa in Barcelona in 2009
11 November 1936
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
|Occupation||Fiction writer, journalist, inventor, screenwriter, film director|
|Alma mater||Escuela Oficial de Periodismo, Madrid|
|Notable works||Tuareg (1980)|
|Notable awards||Historical Novel Prize Alfonso X El Sabio (2010)|
Vázquez-Figueroa and his family fled from the Canary Islands to Africa during the Spanish Civil War. Since his youth, he visited the Sahara and described the culture of the desert region. He also worked as a teacher of submarine and diving techniques on the school boat "Cruz del Sur" of the oceanologist Jacques Cousteau He attended the studios of the Escuela Oficial de Periodismo de Madrid in a part of 1962 and worked in the Destino specials. He was a war correspondent in La Vanguardia, for TVE (Televisión Española) and for the program A toda plana with de la Cuadra Salcedo and Silva. As a correspondent, he documented revolutionary wars in countries such as Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala.
He later wrote his first novel, Arena y viento (Sand and Wind), and in 1975, he published as many as 14 to 15 novellas such as Ébano. His other works include Tuareg, Ébano, and El perro as well as the sagas Cienfuegos, Bora Bora, Manaos and Piratas. His novel Tuareg was cinematized in 1984 by director Enzo G. Castellari. His novel Iguana was cinematized in 1988 by Monte Hellman. His novel Garoé (the name of a sacred tree in the Canary Islands) won the 2010 Historical Novel Prize Alfonso X El Sabio, valued at €100,000. He has also published an autobiography entitled Anaconda.
- Tuareg (1980)
- Tras las huellas de Alec (1971)
- Serie Cienfuegos
- Cienfuegos (1987)
- Caribes (Caribs)
- Saud el Leopardo (2009)
- Tierra de bisontes (Land of the bisons)
- Olvidar Machu-Picchu (1983)
- Nuevos dioses
- El agua prometida
- La ordalía del veneno
- Marea negra
- Serie Océano (Ocean Series):
- Serie Piratas (Pirate Series):
- Piratas (1996)
- Leon Bocanegra
- Tiempo de conquistadores (2000)
- Un mundo mejor (2002)
- El señor de las tinieblas
- El anillo verde
- Delfines (Dolphins)
- La ruta de Orellana
- La Iguana
- Bora Bora
- ¡Panamá, Panamá!
- Tierra virgen. La destrucción del Amazonas
- El inca (The Inca)
- Los ojos del tuareg (2000)
- Ciudadano Max
- África llora
- ¿Quién mató al embajador?
- Como un perro rabioso (a.k.a. El perro)
- Matar a Gadafi (1997)
- Vivir del viento
- El rey leproso (2005)
- Bajo siete mares
- Por mil millones de dólares (2007)
- Coltan (2008)
- El perro, directed by Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi (1977, based on the novel El perro)
- Oro rojo, directed by Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa (1978)
- Ashanti, directed by Richard Fleischer (1979, based on the novel Ébano)
- Manaos, directed by Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa (1979, based on the novel Manaos)
- Last Harem, directed by Sergio Garrone (1981, based on the novel El último harén)
- Tuareg – The Desert Warrior, directed by Enzo G. Castellari (1984, based on the novel Tuareg)
- Crystal Heart, directed by Gil Bettman (1986)
- Iguana, directed by Monte Hellman (1988, based on the novel Iguana)
- Rottweiler, directed by Brian Yuzna (2004, based on the novel El perro)
- "Biography". Archived from the original on 16 December 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
- "Alberto Vazquez Figueroa, who won the X Prize Historical Novel Alfonso X El Sabio with his novel "Garoé"". La Cerca. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010.[permanent dead link]
- Ana Antón. "Vázquez Figueroa presenta su invento: desaladoras por presión natural que dan agua casi gratis". El Mundo (in Spanish). Unidad Editorial. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
- Vázquez-Figueroa, Alberto - Biografía, libros, citas y guía de cine
- "Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa en diálogo con Íñigo Alfonso" (in Spanish). Fundación Juan March. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
- "Vázquez-Figueroa analiza en Alicante la relación del coltán con la reactivación de la guerra del Congo". Diario Información (in Spanish). Grupo Prensa Ibérica Media. 5 February 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
- Tuareg - Il guerriero del deserto
- Martínez Rico, Eduardo (2004). Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa o la aventura (in Spanish). Plaza & Janés. p. 67. ISBN 9788401335273. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
- "Oro rojo". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 27 May 2008.