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.