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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.


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.

Historias lúcidas [Lucid stories]

Historias Lucidas comprises a selection of previously unknown novels by d’Ors. These are Sijé, Oceanografía del Tedio, Magín, El Sueño es Vida, Historia de las Esparragueras and Aldemaediana. D’Ors had a skill as a storyteller, and novelist during a time of crisis in narrative fiction (in the ‘20s). Despite being little known, D’Ors published stories and novels, essays, (hybrid, fragmented, and discontinued), are of great interest that can be read today as examples of the modern novel.

The philosopher and writer, Xavier Pla, Professor of literature at the University of Gerona, was responsible for selecting the texts included in this volume.

Testigo de excepción. Crítica periódica sobre literatura de la Vanguardia [Exceptional witness. Journalistic critique on avant-garde literature]

Juan Chabás (Denia, 1900 – La Habana, 1954) was a prolific article writer and essayist who displayed great intellectual curiosity. He evolved into a highly influential individual who assisted the most important artistic-literary period of contemporary times: the historical avant-garde. With his journalistic critique and the volume Poetas de Todos los Tiempos, he managed to elevate the essayist prose to the highest level of exquisiteness and beauty. 

Javier Pérez Bazo, Faculty Chair of Spanish literature at the University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès (France) and author of over twenty volumes on contemporary literature, is responsible for the selection of texts in this volume.

Ensayos [Essays]

Fernando Vela (Oviedo, 1888 - Llanes, 1966) was a well-known figure in Spanish culture and his name was highly respected in the Spanish journalism world. He was responsible for publishing the magazine Revista  de Occidente, together with José Ortega y Gasset. This collection of essays is a testimony to his broad scope of interests that spanned history and modern times, as well as literature and art, politics, sociology, philosophy and science. Although Vela was published in several compilations, a small percentage of his excellent works remain unpublished.

Eduardo Creus, Professor of Spanish literature at the University of Turin, has compiled the best essays included in this volume, and also wrote the introduction.

Artículos selectos [Selected articles]

Exile and an early death made Juan José Domenchina (Madrid, 1898-CIudad de México, 1959) one of the great forgotten authors of prose of the generation of ’27, despite him being one of the most influential writers in the Spanish literary scene during the pre-war period. He had a highly personal style with ties to both conceptist and Baroque trends. After his forced exile, Juan José Domenchica evolved into an existential poet full of pain and suffering yet, at times, exuding a certain hope.

This hispanist and expert gongorist, Amelia de Paz has gathered in this volume the best of his articles and is also responsible for the inspirational introduction.

Nostalgia, intimidad y aristocracia [Nostalgia, intimacy and aristocracy]

Agustín de Foxá (Madrid, 1906-1959) continues to be a distinguished author within Spanish 20th century literature. His name is associated with a dark time in history and this memorable novel was written as war propaganda. The present anthology reveals various previously unknown records of his writing. He projected a distinctive view in virtually all genres. This book offers a global interpretation of a complex career and encourages the in-depth study of the works of Count Foxá regardless of the clichés.

The philosopher and writer Jordi Amat was responsible for the selection of the texts included in this volume and wrote the prologue.

Poesía y revelación [Poetry and revelation]

This volume is dedicated to Juan Larrea (Bilbao, 1895 - Córdoba, Argentina, 1980), one of the most influential and disconcerting artists of the generation of ’27, considered to be the greatest poet of Spanish avant-garde by many critics at the end of the seventies. This anthology, comprises almost all the poems from the Versión Celeste (1969), together with the most significant texts of Orbe (1930), as well as a wide sample of his essays, including Rendición del Espíritu (1943), El Surrealismo entre Viejo y Nuevo Mundo (1944) and La Espada de la Paloma (1956).

The selection of texts and the prologue are written by Gabrielle Morelli, Faculty Chair of Spanish Literature at the University of Bérgamo and a prestigious Spanish hispanist who specialised in the generation of ’27.

La experiencia literaria y otros ensayos [The literary experience and other essays]

Neither the reflective vocation nor the instinct for learning ruined the literary prowess within Alfonso Reyes (Monterrey, 1889 – México D.F., 1959). He was the owner of his style with his short stories and chronicles on literary life in the 1920s in Madrid. He exuded a maturity that culminated in the 1940s in Mexico when he evolved as an original and learned literary theoretic, as well as essayist in the splendid pages of “The literary experience” which arose from private letters written to friends and covered an early period of the writer’s work.

Jordi Gracia, Professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Barcelona, has written the prologue to this volume and collected the most noteworthy works among the prose and essays written by Alfonso Reyes. Gracia structured the selection around three concepts: his connection with the generation of 27, his role representing Iberoamerica and his exportation of the literary experience.

Periodismo y literatura [Journalism and literature]

This volume is dedicated to the writer, journalist and poet, Corpus Barga, the pseudonym for Andrés García de Barga y Gomez de la Serna (Madrid, 1887 - Lima, 1975), in whose work reflects characteristics of authors such as Azorín, Baroja, Valle-Inclán, which combine with Barga’s inherent mastery and skill. Periodismo y Literatura represents the essential cornerstone of his work in prose and includes representative fragments of his memoirs, Los Pasos Contados, as well as comments on his travels, literary works on personages from the 20th century, and articles on the Spanish Second Republic and exile in France.

The Faculty Chair of Spanish Language and Literature, Arturo Ramoneda, was responsible for selecting the works and wrote the prologue.

Poesía Esencial [Essential poetry]

Ernestina de Champourcin (Vitoria, 1905 – Madrid, 1999) is one of the most interesting literary female figures from the first and second half of the 20th century. She is such a significant author that at a very young age, she was included in the second anthology of Gerardo Diego and also won the recognition of the most demanding critics at that time. This current volume comprises the best known poetry by the author and provides a glimpse of her turbulent life as a feminist, both in Spain and during her time in exile.

The introduction and selection of texts for this volume was performed by Jaime Siles, Faculty Chair in Classics at the University of Valencia, and a writer, essayist, poet and literary critic.