The Spanish philosopher and writer Santiago Alba Rico is a graduate of Madrid’s Complutense University. Between 1984 and 1988 he was one of the screenwriters of a mythical anti-capitalist TV program for children - La bola de cristal - which helped to create in Spain the so called “Bruja Avería left wing generation.” The program was later eradicated from the airwaves by Felipe González’s “socialist” party. Alba Rico’s experiences on this program were later published on two books: Viva el mal, viva el capital andViva la economía, viva la CIA.
He has written numerous anthropology, philosophy and political essays: Dejar de pensar (Akal), Volver a pensar (Akal), Las reglas del caos (Anagrama), Ciudad intangible (Hiru), El islam jacobino (Hiru), Torres más altas o Vendrá la realidad y nos encontrará dormidos (partes de guerra y prosas de resistencia (Hiru). For the last nineteen years he has lived in the Arab world. He has translated the Egyptian poet Naguib Surur (Cantarabia 1990) and the Iraqi writer Mohamed Judayr (Hiru 2004) into Spanish. He is a longtime collaborator at the Spanish-language left-wing media www.rebelion.org.
Santiago Alba Rico is one of the most lucid Marxist thinkers in today’s Spain.