She was born in Madrid, where she studied Journalism and Psychology. She collaborated with independent theatre groups like Canon or Tábano and began to publish her writings in several media outlets (‘Fotogramas’, ‘Pueblo’, ‘Posible’). Since the end of 1976 she has been working on an exclusive basis for Spain’s national daily ‘El País’, where she served as editor-in-chief of its Sunday supplement in 1980-1981. In 1978 she won the Mundo de Entrevistas award, a distinction followed by the 1980 National Prize for Journalism in the category ‘features and literary articles’ and the 2005 Life Achievement Award of the Madrid Press Association. In 1979 she published her first novel, ‘Absent Love: A Chronicle’. Since then she has published fifteen novels, a book of stories and two biographical essays, as well as short stories for children and collections of interviews and articles. Her latest novel to date is ‘Los tiempos del odio’ (‘Times of Hatred’) (2018). She is the winner of numerous literary awards for novels like ‘The Cannibal’s Daughter’ (1997), ‘The Madwoman of the House’ (2003), ‘Story of the Transparent King’ (2005), ‘Instructions to Save the World’ (2008) or ‘The Ridiculous Idea of Not Seeing You Again’ (2013). Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages. She holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Puerto Rico and is in possession of the 2014 Columnistas del Mundo International Award. In 2017 she received Spain’s National Prize for Literature. In 2018 she was appointed Honorary Professor of Humanities at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.