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Journalist and writer. He has 28 years of experience in judicial communication, health and business and has worked for the newspapers Faro de Vigo and La Región, and at Galician Television. He has also written for El Observador, Cambio 16, Interviu, Tiempo and Radio Nacional. He was press officer and director of Communication in differents official institutions of Galician. Master in Drug dependency. Member of FAPE (Federation of Associations of Journalists of Spain) and IFJ (International Federation of Journalists).
Fernando Méndez is one of the most awarded journalists on drug dependency in Spain. He has been awarded prestigious prizes such as, the Reina Sofía Journalism Prize (twice) and the Prize Xunta de Galicia on Drug dependency. International award of investigation journalism Ana María Agüero Melnyczuk by the “Methyl Case” (Argentina, 2013). Award winner “Ciudad de Almería” (2014) by novel Nunca guardes las cosas rotas (Never keep broken things). Award winner “Ramón Puga Cadena SER Ourense” (2014) by novel Cuatro esquinitas tiene mi cama (The four corners of my bed).

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Cuatro esquinitas tiene mi cama (The four corners of my bed)

Cuatro esquinitas tiene mi cama - Fernando Méndez escritor

What would you do if an attractive guy appears out of the blue claiming to be an angel and he wants to help you solve what will soon be the biggest problem in your life?

What was apparently an ordinary work day at the cemetery for Lourdes -a florist, separated, and the mother of a teenage girl- turns into the beginning of a new life for her. While she endeavors to hang a wreath of flowers on a gravestone she receives a visit from Armand, a man who, beyond being a total hunk, says he’s an angel. His mission: to offer Lourdes the possibility of compensating for her bad karma from her past lives – mainly the one in which she was Cleopatra- and recovering the four corners of her existence, and especially, the love of her daughter. This is how an astral two thousand year journey begins that will take her to New York, to the first century B.C, to the Silk Road, Pompeii, and Egypt. She has only forty-eight hours to make it happen.

Filled with humor, Fernando Méndez constructs a story replete with fantasy and reality, a spiritual journey that reveals to us, between guffaws, what is truly important in life. Tender, hilarious, moving, and thought-provoking, Cuatro esquinitas tiene mi cama brings us to what is an undiscovered territory for many of us: the ideal place for happiness, “fantastic reality.”

Book winning of the award “Ramón Puga Cadena SER Ourense” (2014).

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Nunca guardes las cosas rotas (Never keep broken things)

Nunca guardes las cosas rotas - Fernando MéndezA child in the war. Fight with the most powerful weapon: childhood innocence. Alone against the world os adults.

Book winning of the award “Ciudad de Almería de novela” (2014).

 

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METÍLICO. 50 años envenenados. (METHYL. 50 years poisoned)

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1963. A series of strange deaths and blindness suffered by sailors in the Canary Islands and peasants in Galician uncovers the plot of the largest mass poisoning event occurred in Spain: the Case of Methyl. A young pharmaceutical finds that the cause  of her neighbours’ death is the poisoning of liquors made with an alcohol that until then was only used to make paints and jet fuel: the methyl. 

Book winning of the international award of journalism of investigation “Ana María Agüero Melnyczuk” (Argentina, 2013).

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Dios jugando a los dados (God playing dices)

Deus xogando aos dados - Fernando Méndez

Is the first novel of the writer and journalist Fernando Méndez, awarded with the “XI Price Vicente Risco of Literary creation” in Galician language (Deus xogando aos dados).

Dios jugando a los dados is a novel which has as its historical background the facts that happened between 1942 and 1944 when Spain received more than 5,000 gold bars from the Nazis, obtained from the teeth, jewelry and other Jewish belongings, according to declassified reports from the US State Department. This gold stained with blood was used to pay for natural resources Spain exported to Germany during the Second World War, such as wolfram from the Galician mines, shipped from the port of Vigo.

In 1998, Lans Morthimer, a famous British writer, arrives in Galicia with three other colleagues – an afghan, a Colombian and a Deutsch writer – in order to stay away from political and media pressures. Arriving at the hotel, Morthimer receives an enigmatic message summoning him to a meeting in a cemetery. From this moment, the four writers will be implicated in a thread of gold, death and confession secrets that will push them to follow the track of Father Abel Martín, a priest that disappeared 20 years ago, and who took with him the proofs that implicate the Spanish Government and the Church with the Nazi Gold traffic coming from the German Extermination camps. A dangerous secret that now someone wants to find out about at no matter what cost.

Book winning of the award of novel “Vicente Risco” (Ourense, 2010).