Ramón Chao


Ramón Chao (born 1935 in Vilalba, Lugo) is a Galician writer who emigrated to France in 1956 in order to escape Francisco Franco’s regime.

He was chief editor for the Latin American service of Radio France Internationale, and used to work for Le Monde and Le Monde diplomatique.

In 1984 he created the Prix Juan Rulfo award for new Spanish language writers.

He is the father of singer Manu Chao and radio maker Antoine Chao.


  • An Evening With Ramón
    Ramón Chao talks about The Train of Ice and Fire. In front of a live audience, Ramón relates stories of how he came to become tattooed, inadvertently getting high at a New Year’s Eve party, and what occurred when The Train of Ice and Fire arrived in Aracataca. (15:40)
  • The Origins of Magic Realism
    Ramón Chao positions the origins of magic realism in his native Galicia as he discusses his novel Because Cuba is You. (3:52)


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