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La voz sola

Ana María Martínez Sagi (1907-2000) was born in Barcelona. She was an exemplary athlete in a wide variety of sports and gained a gold medal in the javelin throw at the first national championship of female athletics in 1931. A pioneer of Catalan feminism, in 1934 she also became the first female manager of a European football club: the Barcelona club. The political participation and promotion of women was a constant concern for Sagi and she collaborated in a varied number of diaries and journals during the Second Republic. She also supported journalism in both Catalan and Castilian Spanish, from which we have collected the best of her works, which stand out due to their modernity, social commitment and attention to the demands of women. Her chronicles on the Aragon front are also highlighted, which she wrote during the Spanish Civil War, despite being wounded. Sagi was considered the heir of Rosalía de Castro, developing her poetry in Castilian over more than forty years, since 1929. She was exiled to France, and later to the United States of America, where she worked as a Spanish and French professor at the University of Illinois. Upon her return to Spain in the 1970s, Sagi chose to seclude herself in the locality of Moià, having become disenchanted with the literary environment in Spain. She died at an old people’s home in Santpedor.
 
The writer Juan Manuel de Prada (Baracaldo, Vizcaya, 1970) has prepared this anthological edition to vindicate the figure of this forgotten athlete, feminist and writer who, two decades ago, was celebrated in his novel Las Esquinas del Aire. Recently, in this same collection, he was in charge of the edition of Sinfonía en Rojo, a book dedicated to Elisabeth Mulder, a writer for whom Sagi had an amorous admiration all her life.

 

Sinfonía en rojo. Prosa y poesía selecta

The work and life of the Barcelona-based writer, Elisabeth Mulder (1904-1987), is, undoubtedly, among the most intriguing in Spanish contemporary literature. A contemporary author of the Spanish generation of ‘27, Mulder was one of the most promising literary figures of her generation. Before reaching the age of thirty, however, she abandoned poetry and become an excellent novelist. The novels and short stories by Elisabeth Mulder were compared at the time with those of Somerset Maugham and Katherine Mansfield. This was due, in part, to both their cosmopolitan quality and their unconventional psychological perceptiveness. Mulder never ascribed to the trends of the time, nor did she defend any political persuasion and it was, perhaps, because of this that after her death, she was unjustly forgotten. However, notable novels such as La Historia de Java (The Story of Java) and El Vendedor de Vidas (The seller of lives) should be included, due to their merits, in any overview of Spanish literature dating from the 20th century. Many of Mulder’s stories are near perfection and exude a Chekovian feel which may be appreciated by the discerning reader.
 
Sinfonía en Rojo (Symphony in Red) includes a sample of all the genres that Mulder developed, from poetry to novels, and including stories and journalistic articles. This work comprises a panoramic view of a literary work of both great originality and literary value.
 
Juan Manuel de Prada (Baracaldo, Vizcaya, 1970) is a writer who, for close to two decades has advocated the work of Elisabeth Mulder, as well as creating her as one of the characters in his book:  Las Esquinas del Aire. He is also the author of the novels, Las Máscaras del Héroe (Ojo Crítico Award), La Tempestad (Planeta Prize, La Vida Invisible (National Narrative Award), El Séptimo Velo (Biblioteca Breve Award) and Mirlo Blanco, Cisne Negro, among others. De Prada’s journalistic work has won him such prestigious prizes as the Mariano de Cavia Prize.

En pos de un nuevo Humanismo. Prosa escogida

The aim of this anthology is to provide a voice for two great Spanish intellectuals, unjustly forgotten, and whose philosophies are based on a visionary concern for the state of the human being. Because of this, they needed to be rescued in order to gain their justified privileged place in philosophical history, as figures from an era of transformation and doubt from which they have provided us with solutions for survival that are more valid than ever, now in the 21st century.
 
Marín Civera (Valencia 1900- México D.F. 1975), and Luis Abad Carretero (Almería 1895- Gádor1971) are two relatively unknown authors from the philosophical and essay spheres of Spanish literature over the past century. They can be considered literary masters, as well as hallmark pioneers, of contemporary and humanistic thought which, still today, can be considered as being both a revelation and contemporary. The Civil War and the exile that both suffered, influenced and guided their convictions, which were always in support of liberty and plurality. Civera was a supporter of possibilist unions, while Abad supported the Azaña party and was a favourite disciple of Ortega. Both attempt to seek a new humanism which can respond to the technical advances and, at the same time, offer a new solidarity among human beings, while harbouring a contemplative serenity in a world of haste and speed that they foresaw. The Valencian believed in a society where the presence of the Self would not be swamped by the technological beast, while the Almerian supported a personal renovation of the human nature, guided by vocation and the quest for happiness.
 
Ricardo Tejada (San Sebastián 1965) is a professor of Civilization of Modern and Contemporary Spain at the University of Le Mans (France) and a researcher of Philosophical Hispanism and exile. He has published books, such as De una sensibilidad por venir, Ensayos de estética contemporánea (2008), The critical edition of los Escritos sobre Ortega de Maria Zambrano (2011, Trotta) and Briznas del tiempo (2014 Endymion), as well as El pensamiento vivo de Séneca in Obras Completas de María Zambrano.

Andanzas por la nueva China

César M. Arconada (Astudillo, Palencia, 1898- Moscow, 1964), a renowned figure in the intellectual world of the 1920s and 1930s with works that covered the world (Vida de Greta Garbo, Cómicos del Cine), he was Chief Editor of La Gaceta Literaria, a music and literary critic, revolutionary novelist (Los Pobres contra los Ricos, Reparto de Tierras), storyteller, poet and playwright.

In 1956, he set off on a journey of several thousand kilometers to document and write a chronicle of China which was then under the rule of Mao Tse Tung. The result was a journalistic and literary document, unpublished until now, which covers a fascinating combination of popular legends and folk wisdom, customs and landscapes, which provides the reader with a humane and social vision of this giant Asiatic power.

Gonzalo Santonja, Professor of Spanish Literature at the Complutense University of Madrid, Managing Director of the Castillian and Leonés Institute of Language and a specialist in the Silver Age of Spanish literature, the Civil War and exile, wrote the prologue and compiled this volume.

Darse. Autobiografía y testimonios

This conscientious selection of autobiographical tests and essays by Victoria Ocampo (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1890 – Beccar, Buenos Aires, 1979) enables us to appreciate the most valuable pieces of her work from the “burning disorder” which is how she herself described her work. The result is one of the greatest accomplishments in Spanish autobiographical literature. This book reflects the friendship the author enjoyed with intellectuals of the period, such as Ortega y Gasset, Virginia Woolf, Tagore, Borges or Stravinsky and includes witty reflections on jealousy, adultery, love and the art of “deciphering a face”. Some of the tragic figures from the century make a brief and albeit painful appearance, such as the French writer, Drieu La Rochelle.

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.

El camino es nuestro

This anthology comprises a selection of journalistic, social and humanistic articles, short essays, journals, and correspondence from these pioneering writers who were historically committed to womens’ rights.. These two women shared a deep friendship and understanding, hence being edited in the same volume. Elena Fortún ( Madrid, 1886-1952), was known for her popular children’s literature character “Celia”, while Matilde Ras ( Tarragona, 1881-1969), was considered to be the main European expert of the time in graphology although her literary talents were unknown until today.

Professor María Jesús Fraga was in charge of selecting the texts and the Faculty Chair Nuria Capdevila-Argüelles of Exeter University wrote the introduction.

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.