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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 The result was a journalistic and literary document, unpublished until now, which covers a fascinating combination of popular legends and folk wisdom, customs and landscapes, which provides the reader with a humane and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This volume, included within the Fundamental Works Collection, comprises a collection of previously unpublished correspondence between Antonio Buero Vallejo (Guadalajara, 1916-Madrid, 2002) and his close friend, Vicente Soto (Valencia, 1919-Madrid, 2011).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.

De lo maravilloso a lo real. Antología

La magia y el talento de uno de los maestros de lo real maravilloso y la literatura fantástica de nuestro país, Joan Perucho (Barcelona,1920-2003), están presentes en este volumen, reimpreso por la Fundación en 2020 con motivo del centenario de su nacimiento. Botánica oculta, viajes por países imaginarios, personajes de fábula, santos, cuentos de lo maravilloso, memorias, semblanzas y mucho más, se unen en este compendio de imaginación y saber que asombrará al lector. Perucho fue uno de los autores incluido en el canon de literatura fantástica de Harold Bloom.

Mercedes Monmany, crítica literaria y ensayista especializada en literatura contemporánea europea, es la antóloga este volumen que ofrece una perspectiva poliédrica de uno de los grandes de la literatura catalana y española.

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.