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Cartas boca arriba. Epistolario 1953-2000

This volume, included within the Fundamental Works Collection, comprises a collection of previously unpublished correspondence between Antonio Buero Vallejo (Guadalajara, 1916-Madrid, 2002) and his close friend, Vicente Soto (Valencia, 1919-Madrid, 2011). 
 
History, politics, ufology, yoga, Eastern philosophy and lifestyle tips are all topics that are included in this book that reveals Buero’s inner self, as one of the most profound Spanish playwrights since Calderón de la Barca; and Vicente Soto, short story author and novelist who was exiled to London and was awarded the 1966 Nadal prize, despite being one of the great ‘forgotten’ writers in Spanish literature. Cartas boca arriba [Cards facing upwards] is a political, literary and human reflection covering more than forty years of Spanish history, enriched by the sentimental narrative of a close friendship from the view of both protagonists.
 
Domingo Ródenas, literary critic and professor at the Universitat Pomepu Fabra of Barcelona, oversaw the selection of texts and has authored the prologue of this volume, which was published to coincide with the centenary of the birth of Buero Vallejo.

Luis Buñuel o la mirada de la Medusa

Carlos Fuentes (Panamá 1928 – Mexico D.F. 2012) and Luis Buñuel (Calanda, 1900-Mexico D.F. 1983) are two names that resonate strongly in the Ibero American culture of the 20th century. The first, the recipient of a Cervantes Prize, and one of the major representatives of the Ibero American literary boom; the second, a pioneer of Spanish film and one of the most universal and far-reaching film directors, who influenced the collective thinking of writers, such as García Márquez, Cortázar, Vargas Llosa and Donoso, thanks to his visual and narrative cosmology.

Luis Buñuel o la mirada de la Medusa, an unfinished and unpublished essay by Carlos Fuentes on the great filmmaker, has been, until now, the property of the University of Princeton in the USA. It is now available for readers, together with formerly unpublished letters written between both artists, and which illustrate the process and context of this work, revealing both their relationship and personalities, against the backdrop of the revolution of May 1968. The visionary capacity of Buñuel, the legacy of realism and surrealism, Sade and the religion or presence of the Hispanic trinity –Don Quixote, Don Juan and La Celestina are all reflected in this work, which is beyond labels and is brimming with humanism.

Javier Herrera Navarro (Murcia, 1951), librarian and art historian and one of the great specialists in the figure of Buñuel, is the author of an impressive body of works including Las Hurdes de Buñuel. Evidencia fílmica, estética y lenguaje (2007) and Luis Buñuel en su archivo (2015)

La forja de un escritor

Camilo José Cela (Iria Flavia, 1916 –Madrid, 2002) is an essential figure in 20th century Spanish Literature. His early years were characterized by his active journalistic work that helped shape his polyphonic personality as a writer. From these extensive journalistic collaborations, La forja de un escritor (1943-1952) includes fifty articles – mainly taken from Arriba y La Vanguardia Española, and which comprise three sections based on the following themes: the life experiences of the young artist, the successive reflections on the writer and writing, and reflections on painting and other arts (cinema, music, photography).

Without a doubt, this is a suggestive approach to the multifaceted Camilo José Cela that reveals a new Cela, who combines realistic lyric with his own vital experience.

Adolfo Sotelo Vázquez is the Faculty Chair of Spanish Literature at the University of Barcelona and Director of the Camilo José Cela Chair for Hispanic Studies at the University Camilo José Cela in Madrid. For over twenty years he has dedicated his work to both the character and the cultural and literary world of Camilo José Cela, and has edited several of his most important works.

 

Diario del Nuevo Mundo

“Since last night I am changed within”. This is how this unpublished diary by Juan Larrea begins. This lost prophet of the generation of ’27 is one of the great Spanish poets and essayists of the 20th century. From 1942 to 1947, following his exile from Mexico, Larrea experimented with his literary prose, merging worldwide events and the laws that governed them with his every day routine and inner feelings. This is a story between the real and the mythical, which points to a New World and is based on love and the redemption of mankind.

The book includes an introduction by the Hispanist, Gabriele Morelli and a prologue by Juan Manuel Díaz de Guereñu, Faculty Chair of Literature at the University of Deusto and a respected specialist on the author.

Castillo interior

This publication comprises unpublished texts written by León Felipe (Tábara, 1884-México D.F., 1968) that are essential for understanding one of the great poets of the 20th century and the state of exile. This work is divided in two parts, one titled « Aposentos » about the creative workshop of the pilgrim bard, lively verses and spirited discourses, the second is called « Moradas » and a revelation of heartfelt confessions revealed through different unpublished letters, among which we can highlight the correspondence with Juan Larrea, one of the most enriching testimonies about Spanish exile due to its sense of emotion and depth.

Gonzalo Santonja, Faculty Chair of the Complutense University of Madrid and Javier Expósito Lorenzo, were responsible for the collection and wrote the prologue and the anthology of this volume; the texts of which come from the Archivo Histórico Provincial de Zamora and the Residencia de Estudiantes.