author of bernadino and el arbol de oro. she was born in barcelona in 1926. her family had to leave to go to madrid from barcelona for work. she went to a catholic high school. in 1930, she was dying while suffering an infermity. she was taken to the country, where she spent a year healing. it was here that she was exposed to the civil war. her father was an editor, so she often met with intellectuals. she published her first book when she was 16.