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Fabulaciones en prosa

When Gastón Baquero (Banes, Cuba, 1914 – Madrid, 1997) came to Spain in April 1959, he was already acclaimed within the Hispano-American literary scene. One day he would write about a classical work of world literature, the next about history then, the next day, art could be his subject. Whatever the theme, he always wrote with soul. It could be said that, watching over the science of man and his culture, Gastón Baquero was like a pastor with a humanist soul. Here, poetry and essays are innovatively combined in this book of prose that illustrates his notable creativity.

Alberto Díaz Díaz, a famous expert on Cuban poetry, has compiled these formerly unknown texts that were published in long forgotten gazettes and papers.

Poesía [Poetry]

In celebration of the centennial of the birth of José García Nieto ( Oviedo, 1914 –Madrid, 2001), the Fundación has re-edited this volume, dedicated to the poet in 1996, within the Fundamental Works Collection. A colophon of texts has been added, including some previously unpublished prose, plus a moving and emotional letter to his granddaughter. Since 1940, when he published his first book, he was present at the most diverse literary scenes. From 1943, with the publication of the magazine Garcilaso and his second book, Poesía, his name is recognised as a great example of this type of lyrical poetry, known today as “garcilasista” poetry.

The Toledo poet, Joaquín Benito de Lucas was in charge of selecting the texts in this volume dedicated to José García Nieto. 

Cortesanas, bohemios, asesinos y fantasmas

Eduardo Zamacois (Pinar del Río, Cuba, 1873 – Buenos Aires, 1971) is one of the most unknown yet exquisite writers of Spanish literature, halfway between the generation of ‘98 and the generation of ‘14. He was the founder of El Cuerpo Semanal, a journalist, filmmaker, pioneering spokesman, experienced raconteur and an expert on bohemia and horror, he was also a promoter of the Spanish culture in exile.

This volume is a compilation of the author’s best works, including theatre, stories, stories about courtiers, a section on his wonderful memoirs –El Hombre Que Se Va – , noteworthy journalistic reports and epistolaries such as the one for his nephew which reflects both his sense of humour and humanity. All of this was made possible by the Faculty Chair and Director of the Instituto Castellano Leonés de la Lengua, Gonzalo Santoja.

De lo maravilloso a lo real. Antología

The magic and talent of one of the masters of genuine, imaginative and fantasy literature in Spain, Joan Perucho (Barcelona, 1920-2003), who continues to be greatly admired, is featured in this volume. Occult botany, travels to imaginary countries and everyday stories, characters from fables, saints, magical stories, memoirs, biographical sketches and much more comprises this compendium of imagination and knowledge that is sure to fill the reader with wonder and surprise. Perucho was one of the authors included in the cannon of fantasy literature written by Harold Bloom.

Mercedes Monmany, a literary critic and essayist specialised in European contemporary literature, is the anthologist of this volume, which offers a varied perspective of one of the great authors of Catalonian and Spanish literature.

Astillas

Part of the Fundamental Works Collection, this volume comprises a varied selection of articles and brief essays by the writer Rosa Chacel (Valladolid, 1898 – Madrid, 1994), many of which have not been published to date, or featured in the corresponding volumes of her Complete Works, either because they were written prior to the publication of the same or because they have been extracted from lesser known publications dating from her time in exile.

Ana Rodríguez Fischer, writer and Professor at the University of Barcelona, was responsible for this anthology, which represents a recognition of this important writer from the generation of ’27.

Viajes. Crónicas e impresiones

Ramón Pérez de Ayala (Oviedo, 1880 – Madrid, 1962) belonged to the so-called «generation of ‘14 », who were drawn towards travelling and studying abroad, getting to know other cultures, learning from them and trying to apply what was learned to improve their own country. This volume gathers a large selection of the journalistic chronicles written for Spanish and Argentinean diaries as a result of his travels to different countries throughout Europe and America. At the same time, this volume provides insight into the life of the writer: travels that marked his intellectual training, that influenced his life; both planned travels and those that he was forced to undergo due to circumstances beyond his control.

Juan Pérez de Ayala, wrote the current anthology and preceding introduction, and is a researcher in Intellectual History from the first third of the Spanish 20th century.

De la aventura al orden

A poet and theorist of Ultraism, impeccable editor and a mediator between Spain and Latin America, Guillermo de Torre (Madrid, 1900 – Buenos Aires, 1971) is an important figure in Spanish culture. His great books: Literaturas europeas de vanguardia (1925), Historia de las literaturas de vanguardia (1965), together with the  magazines he founded, such as La Gaceta Literaria or Sur or the Colección Austral book series set him apart as being a cultural leader of the period.  De la aventura al orden comprises a wide collection of his work in the form of essays, literature and art. He writes on Rimbaud and Freud, Picasso and Gomez de la Serna, Azorín, Sartre o Cesar Vallejo at a time which was on the brink of the abyss.

The Spanish Literature Professor at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona and literary critic, Domingo Ródenas de Moya, has been in charge of the prologue and of compiling this volume as a specialist in avant-garde literature.

Cartas íntimas desde el exilio

When Dionisio Ridruejo (Burgo de Osma, Soria, 1912 -Madrid, 1975) clandestinely crossed the border in early June of 1962, he was already an undisputed figure in the opposition against the Franco dictatorship. His attendance at the IV Congress of the European Movement condemned him to two years in exile. Between 1962 and 1064 he maintained this intense correspondence with his wife, Gloria de Ros. These letters, unpublished until now, read as a private chronicle of the life of a conspirator. Reflected in his letters are his sense of duty and how he longed for his family, combined with his mixed feelings about returning to his homeland. He was a man both worried about his own family’s problems, as well as the challenge of his determination to rebuild a democratic consciousness among his compatriots.

Jordi Gracia, essayist and Faculty Chair of the University of Barcelona, and Jordi Amat, specialist in Ridruejo, wrote the prologue and compiled this extraordinary testimony.

De santos y milagros [Of saints and miracles]

“De Santos y Milagros” is an anthology that comprises a wide and varied series of stories and articles by the great Galician writer Álvaro Cunqueiro (Mondoñedo, 1911 – Vigo, 1981 which were published in various newspapers and magazines from the beginning of the Civil War until his death and have been hitherto virtually unknown. Furthermore, the volume includes six formerly unpublished stories that contribute towards creating this treasure of a book about magic realism in Spain.

Within these themes, a large number of texts are included that have never previously been published in a book and which are, similarly, not known to critics and readers, such as the seven stories that appeared between 1945 and 1946 in the magazine Catolicismo, and which were only discovered in 2011.

César Antonio Molina and Xosé Antonio López Silva wrote the prologue and the study, respectively, of this unique anthology.

Poesía y creación [Poetry and creation]

The poet, Vicente Huidobro (Santiago de Chile, 1893 – Cartagena, 1948) is, without a doubt, the most important figure of the avant-garde movement in the Spanish Literature of the twenties, without which, according to Gerardo Diego «the history of our poetry would be unexplainable». Huidobra was known for his controversial personality yet, at the same time he was famously naïve, vehement and polemic. According to Octavio Paz, Huidobro is «the invisible oxygen» of contemporary poetry and his work is «one of the most lucid and conscious contributions of formal experience from the beginning of the 20th century». This anthology consists of the author’s most important poetic texts and manifestos, and closes with the poem «hermanos», which was essentially rescued from oblivion. The book also includes a compilation of letters that are little known or unpublished to date.

Gabriele Morelli, Faculty Chair of Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Bérgamo, a well-known Italian Hispanist, and an expert on the generation of ’27 and on contemporary Spanish poetry, was in charge of writing the prologue to this volume and compiling the content.