Born in Tudela (Navarra) in 1957, and studied Journalism in Pamplona and Barcelona. He moved with his wife Asun to Narbarte, a village on the banks of the Bidasoa, in 1986, and it was from that refuge that he embarked on his remarkable career as a novelist, poet and translator. His work has garnered various literary awards, such as the Basque government’s essay-writing prize Miguel de Unamuno de Ensayo (1994), the nationwide historical-novel prize Premio Nacional de Novela Histórica Alfonso X el Sabio (2002) and the Premio Euskadi de Literatura 2004.
He has translated works by Giuseppe Ungaretti, Michel Montaigne, Peter Sloterdijk, Robert Walser, Rainer Maria Rilke and Joseph Roth amongst others.
“This gentlemen realized very early on that he had a gift for literature, just as Giotto saw that he had to devote himself to painting, or Mozart to music. One must be born to these things.“- Félix de Azua
“Read Gil Bera, for what issues from his pen is pure gold!” – Juan Diez del Corral, Archipiélago