Barcelona, España, 1962

A graduate in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona - where she also studied Classical Languages - Teresa Solana principally works as a literary translator from English and French. She has mainly worked with philosophical texts, and for some time was the Director of the Casa del Traductor in Tarazona. She first came to public notice in 2006 with the novel Un crimen imperfecto, for which she was awarded the Brigada 21 Prize for a novel in Catalan, and which has been translated into several languages. Since then, she has published five more novels. Author of many articles and essays about translation Teresa Solana has also written children's books.

  • "The Catalan writer Teresa Solana may have invented a new variation of the traditional private eye partnership." The Times
  • "Two adorable idiots: the Fernández brothers." La Repubblica ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • "A hugely imaginative collection" Ian Rankin (on The Prehistorical Serial Killer and Other Stories)

Bibliography

The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other Stories

A dark, humorous collection of stories by one of Spain’s best-known crime writers. 

The oddest things happen. Statues decompose and stink out galleries, two old grandmothers are vengeful killers and a prehistoric detective trails a triple murder that is threatening idyllic cave life.The collection includes the prize-winning Connections, a sparkling web of Barcelona stories that allows Solana to explore the darker side of the city. 

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Novel

Teresa Solana, the only Catalan author to become a finalist for America’s Edgar Allan Poe prize for mystery novels, resumes her series starring the twin detectives from A Not So Perfect Crime, A Shortcut to Paradise and The Sound of One Hand Killing.

Although they seem like polar opposites, Eduard and Borja are brothers, twins and partners. One is left-wing, sensible and conventional. The other is a right-wing, shameless social climber. Together as detectives, their partnership is as eccentric and impossible as it is effective.In this new adventure, they investigate the murder of a bride’s father, poisoned with polonium during the wedding banquet. However, the detectives suspect that the murderer was after a more ambitious target: the groom’s father, a multimillionaire American investor, or the President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, another guest at the unfortunate celebration.

“Full of murder and mayhem, but also packed full of humour and acute observation…” Oxford Times 

“The Catalan writer Teresa Solana may have invented a new variation of the traditional private eye partnership. Her heroes, Borja and Eduard, are twins who don’t look at all alike, have different surnames (one of them is a fake) and are farcically inefficient at their job. Solana’s Barcelona is exciting, sexy and louche, the city’s literary scene and the people who inhabit it portrayed with satirical Charming and great fun.” The Times

“I hope Solana keeps up this wonderful series: further comic and criminal forays into Barcelona life, and further installments in the brothers' lives  would be most welcome.” International Noir Fiction

Solana's second novel made me laugh so much the tears soon rolled. She shoots from the hip at the guardians of culture…” El País

The Norma Forester Crime Series

Deputy-Inspector Norma Forester is one of the most able investigators working for the Catalan police in Barcelona, although she comes from rather an unusual family. She is the grand-daughter of an Englishman who fought with the International Brigades and was executed at the end of the Spanish civil war and a Catalan leftist from a wealthy family . Her husband is a forensic pathologist, her daughter lives in a squat and is a member of an antisystem group; her mother is a hippy, and her aunt, a nun in a closed order who has exceptional computer skills. Norma also has a lover she sees only sporadically, and an ex- boyfriend who, as well as being her daughter Violeta's biological father, is her husband's brother and gay.

Like Barcelona, the city in which she was born and lives, Norma's family is a happy mix of different roots and sensibilities. If in Black Storms, the first novel in the series, the investigation of a history professor led her to bring to light one of the many cases of fascist repression, in The Butterfly House Norma will have to solve a crime in a squat that seems to have no immediate motive but a variety of suspects.

Two detectives, brothers Borja and Eduard, are contracted by best-selling author Teresa Solana to research the world of so-called alternative therapies. They enrol for a course at Zen Moments, an exclusive meditation centre in the ritziest part of Barcelona, only to discover the director murdered, whacked in the head with a statuette of the Buddha. The violent death of a neighbour - who happens to be a CIA agent - simultaneously drags them into an international conspiracy complicated by Borja's attempt to smuggle a priceless Assyrian figurine, the “Lioness of Baghdad”.

In this, the third in her satirical series, Catalan ‘noir' novelist Teresa Solana mercilessly punctures the pretensions of New Age quacks who promote pseudo-science and pseudo-spirituality. At the same time, Solana draws compassionate portraits of characters trying to live ‘ordinary' lives in circumstances that have ceased to be normal, yet still cope with such every day issues as adultery, the menopause and simply surviving to the end of the month. 

"... once again people will be calling her ‘the Queen of Catalan Noir’. If they are not, they should." Getting Away With Murder

La subinspectora Norma Forester tiene una familia de lo más variopinta: su padre fue un brigadista de Manchester ejecutado al final de la Guerra Civil, su madre es hippy, su marido Octavi trabaja como médico forense, su hija pertenece al movimiento okupa, su ex es homosexual y ahora también es su cuñado, y tiene una tía monja de clausura muy aficionada a la informática. Norma disfruta de su entorno familiar, pero también le absorbe su trabajo policial. Ahora tiene que investigar la muerte de Francesc Parellada, un catedrático de Historia que estaba a punto de jubilarse. Norma y su ayudante Gabriel Alonso se ocupan del caso, pero la investigación apenas avanza hasta que relacionan la muerte de Parellada con un homicidio sucedido un par de semanas antes y con unas memorias en las que se describe el duro clima moral y material de la posguerra española. Negras tormentas es una entretenida y vibrante novela que reflexiona sobre el peso del pasado y el peligro del olvido.

The shady, accident-prone private detective twins Eduard Martinez and Borja “Pep” Masdeu are back. Another murder beckons, and this time the victim is one of Barcelona's literary glitterati. 

Marina Dolç, media figure and writer of best-sellers, is murdered in the Ritz Hotel in Barcelona on the night she wins an important literary prize. The killer has battered her to death with the trophy she has just won, an end identical to that of the heroine in her prize-winning novel.The same night the Catalan police arrest their chief suspect, Amadeu Cabestany, runner-up for the prize. Borja and Eduard are hired to prove his innocence. The unlikely duo is plunged into the murky waters of the Barcelona publishing scene and need all their wit and skills of improvisation to solve this case of truncated literary lives.

Another day in Barcelona, another slimy politician’s wife is suspected of infidelity. Lluis Font discovers a portrait of his wife in an exhibition that leads him to conclude he is being cuckolded by the artist. Concerned only about the potential political fallout, he hires twins Eduard and Pep, private detectives with a supposed knack for helping the wealthy with their ‘dirty laundry’. Their office is adorned with false doors leading to non-existent private rooms, a mysterious secretary who is always away and a broken laptop computer picked up on the street. The case turns ugly when Font’s wife is found poisoned by a marron glacé from a box of sweets delivered anonymously. 

This is a deftly plotted, bitingly funny mystery novel. A satire of Catalan politics and a fascinating insight into the life and habits of Barcelona’s inhabitants, diurnal and nocturnal.

Short stories and novellas

2017 Roc Boronat Literary Prize

A dark, humorous collection of stories by one of Spain’s best-known crime writers

The oddest things happen. Statues decompose and stink out galleries, two old grandmothers are vengeful killers and a prehistoric detective trails a triple murder that is threatening idyllic cave life.The collection includes the prize-winning Connections, a sparkling web of Barcelona stories that allows Solana to explore the darker side of the city. 

“Solana has long been one of the quirkiest and most accomplished of crime writers, but this is something new: wonderfully crafted short-form fiction -- often sardonic, often surreal, but always pure Solana.” Barry Forshaw, author of Euro Noir 

“Teresa Solana’s distinctive writing is humorous yet thought-provoking, and her short fiction is as entertaining as her novels.” Martin Edwards, author of Gallows Court and The Lake District Mysteries 

“Solana’s novels are sharp and acerbically funny...the present collection brings together her explorations of the darker side of contemporary Barcelona and her unsettling surrealistic streak.” Paul Preston, author of The Spanish Civil War

"A hugely imaginative collection of (mostly crime) (mostly Barcelona-based) short stories. The ‘Connections’ sequence in particular is terrific." Ian Rankin

"If none of these crime short stories wins a prize this year the judges will have proved they have no sense of humour.  To be blunt, I can’t recall a cleverer comic crime story collection – probably because there hasn’t been one.” Russel James, Shots Magazine

 

 

Fascinating short stories that include a rather bloody satire on installation art (“Still Life No.41”, shortlisted for the 2012 short story Edgar award), a wonderful story of gruesome revenge involving a wayward son-in-law, a surprising and hilarious tale of a pre-historic serial killer who invents God and psychoanalysis, and, inevitably, a vampire story told with venom and humor.

"A hugely imaginative collection of (mostly crime) (mostly Barcelona-based) short stories. The ‘Connections’ sequence in particular is terrific." Ian Rankin

Books for children and young readers

Los tripulantes de la Diplodocus siguen navegando por el espacio cumpliendo la agenda de conciertos de la gira interestelar. Esta vez, en cambio, Pau y Roger, los Supernyaps, tendrán que vérselas con unas horribles criaturas no muertas, un concierto lleno de zombis!

Los tripulantes de la Diplodocus siguen navegando por el espacio cumpliendo la agenda de conciertos de la gira de los Sopa de Llufes. De repente, se cruzan con un rayo solar que abre una rendija en el continuo espacio-tiempo. Enseguida sufrirán las consecuencias: topan con la Diplodocus del futuro y con todos sus tripulantes. 

La Diplodocus se ha quedado sin agua debido a un escape y está todo el mundo histérico. Por desgracia, el planeta más cercano para llenar los tanques de la Diplodocus es el planeta Caca Blanda, formado por unos minerales que desprende muy mal olor pero donde sus habitantes pueden vivir perfectamente porque no tienen sentido del olfato. El profesor Chiruca tendrá que inventar el bigote anti-olor porque los Sopa de Llufes puedan dar el concierto a cambio de que el planeta los deje llenar de agua los tanques de la Diplodocus.

Diplodocus is the main scenario of Roger and Bernat’s adventures; they are two eight-year-old cousins that have a band. They will have to deal with the ship captain’s daughters: the quadruplets Ma, Me, Mi, and Mo… They are the worst! Moreover, we find the evil tactics of Doctor Chiruca and nurse Irina, that hate rock music and want to prevent them from doing their tour. Roger and Bernat, together with Mr. Pedos (Mr. Farts), an A class robot that turned out faulty and understands everything literally, will be alert to act against their machinations. In this first adventure, The Mysterious Invasion, lice will invade the Diplodocus Ship. Profesor Chiruca will invent a lotion with brews to kill the plague but the quadruplets will be too clever to finish the entire container, leaving the rest of the crew defenceless.

Prizes

  • 2017 - Premi XIX Roc Boronat for her short stories Matèria gris
  • 2010 - Premi Crims de Tinta, organised by the Interior Department of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia
  • 2007 - Brigada 21 Prize for the best original novel in Catalan, for Un crim imperfecte