Juan Goytisolo is a Spanish poet, essayist, and novelist. He currently lives in a voluntary self-exile in Marrakech.
Juan Goytisolo was born to an aristocratic family. He has claimed that this level of privilege, accompanied by the cruelties of his great-grandfather and the miserliness of his grandfather (discovered through the reading of old family letters and documents), was a major reason for his joining the Communist party in his youth. Two of his brothers José Agustín and Luis are also well known writers.
His father was imprisoned by the Republican government during the Spanish Civil War, while his mother (Julia Gay ) was killed in the first Francoist air raid in 1938.