Alberto Vazquez-Figueroa (Tenerife, 1936) is one of the most widely read Spanish contemporary authors, with global book sales to date in excess of 25 million.
He has published more than 70 novels, many of them translated to more than 30 languages including French, German, Chinese, Arabic and Japanese.
Some of his most famous titles include Tuareg, Ebano, Iguana, the Oceano trilogy and the Cienfuegos series.
Born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, his family was deported to Africa for political reasons before he was one. He grew up between Morocco and the Sahara until he was sixteen years old.
At the age of 20 he became a professional diver and spent years on board the ship Cruz del Sur, and also as part of Jacques Cousteau's crew. In 1962 he studied journalism and he worked as correspondant for Spain's newspapers La Vanguardia, Destino and later for TelevisiÃ³n EspaÃ±ola (TVE). He worked as a war correspondant and witnessed historical events in Guinea, Chad, Congo, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Guatemala, etc.
After suffering a serious diving accident, he became a full-time writer.
Apart from writing, he is currently involved in the project Oceano, which promotes a new technology that provides low-cost desalination, in order to tackle water scarcity in undevelopped countries.
Official website: www.albertovazquezfigueroa.com
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