Xavier Moret (b. 1952), a Barcelona native, studied English philology and journalism at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, but has learned much more from traveling. He has been lucky enough to earn his living combining three of the things he enjoys most: reading, writing, and traveling. In his twenties, he translated Superman and Batman. In 1982, he published his first novel, L'americà que estimava Moby Dick (The American who loved Moby Dick). He won the Grandes Viajeros (Great Travelers) Award for his book Islandia, la isla secreta (Iceland, the secret island) in 2002. In 2004, he received the 23 Abril Award for his novel Doctor Pearson, and the following year won the Sent Soví Award for gastronomic literature for El Bulli desde dentro (Inside El Bulli). Moret is a journalist and travel writer for the Spanish newspapers El País and El Periódico.
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