Pablo d'Ors

Born in Madrid in 1963, Pablo d’Ors studied in New York, Vienna, Prague, and Rome. In 1991, he was ordained as a priest and he received a doctorate in Theology in 1996. In 2014, he founded the Amigos del Desierto foundation with the aim of promoting the practice of meditation. In the same year, Pope Francis made him a consultant of the Pontifical Council for Culture. d’Ors debuted as a writer in 2000 with Las Ideas Puras, a novel that was a finalist for the Herralde Prize. He’s gone on to publish almost a dozen fiction and nonfiction titles. This is his first English translation. Pablo d’Ors lives in Madrid.

  • Biography of Silence

    An Essay on Meditation

    A publishing phenomenon in Spain—a moving, lyrical, far-ranging meditation on the deep joys of confronting oneself through silence by a Spanish priest and Zen disciple. 

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  • The Friend of the Desert

    A Novel

    Existential and curiously hypnotic, Pablo d'Ors evokes the sharp stylized prose of Bolaño, Bernhard, and DeLillo in this strange tale of one man's repeated forays into the desert, and the...

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What is Mindfulness

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