Requiem for a Spanish Peasant

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Author: Ramón José Sender

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780856687877

Category: Fiction

Page: 137

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Ramon Jose Sender Graces was born on 3rd February 1901. He was a prolific writer, who published a vast quantity of novels, stories, plays, essays, poetry and articles throughout his life. He wrote Requiem por un campesino espanol during one week in 1952, with the intention that it be part of a collection of short stories. That book never materialised, but Sender's novella was published by Aquelarre in Mexico in 1953 under the title Mosen Millan . The title was changed in 1960 by New York publisher Las Americas to something that could be meaningfully translated into English. The political message conveyed within the book meant that it was not published in Spain until 1974. Requiem for a Spanish Peasant relates the thoughts and memories of Mosen Millan, the parish priest, as he sits in the vestry of the church in a nameless Aragonese village, preparing to conduct a Reqiuem Mass to celebrate the life of a young peasant, Paco el del Molino, killed by the Nationalist army a year earlier, at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. As he waits, his thoughts are interrupted by the occasional comings and goings of an altar boy, who hums to himself an anonymous ballad. This ballad, along with Millan's thoughts and the voice of an omniscient narrator, creates three strands of narration for the reader to follow.

Commander Mendoza

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Author: Juan Valera

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 342

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Juan Valera y Alcada-Galiano (1824-1905) is one of the nineteenth-century Spain's most respected authors. Cosmopolitan, cultured, and urbane, Valera was fluent in a number of languages and read widely in all of them. He wrote novels, short stories, essays, poetry, and literary criticism, in addition to carrying on a voluminous correspondence with several of his fellow Spanish writers and friends. The unifying thread of his work is "art for art's sake," that is, beauty as the end and purpose of inspiration and creativity, a stance he commented on at some length in his introduction to the 1886 Appleton English translation of his first novel, Pepita Jimenez (1874). Commander Mendoza (1877) tells the story of Don Fadrique Lopez de Mendoza, a man of seafaring adventures and a deist in the mould of the eighteenth-century philosophes, and Dona Blanca Roldan de Solis, a woman of unbounded pride and a Catholic driven by religious fanaticism, neither of which traits prevented her from having had an adulterous affair as a young woman in Lima, Peru, with Don Fadrique. The conflict that plays out in Commander Mendoza, with both principals now back in Spain, centres on the Commander's discovery of the marriageable daughter that he did not know he had, and it turns into a contest of wills that effects changes in both of them as the fate of their daughter hangs in the balance.

Abel Sánchez

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Author: Miguel de Unamuno

Publisher: Aris & Phillips

ISBN: 9780856688683

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 226

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Miguel de Unamuno (1864-1936) is the towering intellectual giant of early twentieth-century Spain. He wrote novels, plays, poetry and many essays, but is best remembered for his fictional works and for his major philosophical meditation on the nature of existence. Abel Sanchez was published in 1917 and is perhaps Unamuno's most harrowing novel. Consisting mainly of dialogue it narrates the life of one man, Abel Sanchez, and his problematical relationship with his friend, Joaquin. Abel becomes more sucessful than Joaquin and is happier, and parallels are drawn between the Biblical story of Cain and Abel. At the end of the novel after a lifetime of torment Joaquin grabs Abel, who has a weak heart, by the throat and he dies; Joaquin himself dies shortly afterwards. In its concentration on issues of identity, personality and the insecurities of existence, it stands out amoung Unamuno's works as a profoundly unsettling account of man's existence and his relationship to other people. John Macklin's edition provides a new English translation alongside the Spanish text, together with a substantial introduction.

La Tribuna: Translated with Commentary

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Author: Emilia Pardo Bazan (condesa de)

Publisher: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics

ISBN: 9781786940254

Category:

Page: 442

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Emilia Pardo Bazan was born in the Galician town of A Coruna into a noble family who nurtured her lifelong thirst for knowledge. She is undoubtedly the most controversial, influential and prolific Spanish female writer of the nineteenth century, publishing a vast number of essays, social commentaries, articles, reviews, poems, plays, novels, novellas and short stories. Her third novel, La Tribuna, heralds a new age in Spanish literature, a naturalist work of fiction that examines the situation of contemporary women workers. The author's preparation for the novel involved reading and consulting contemporary pamphlets and newspapers, as well as spending two months in a Galician tobacco factory observing and listening to conversations. This method, common in English writers like Dickens and frequently adopted in France by the masters of Realism, was almost unprecedented in Spain. Set against a background of turmoil and civil unrest, La Tribuna reflects the author's interest in the position of women in Spanish society. The working-class heroine, Amparo, develops from a shapeless, apolitical street urchin into a masterpiece of femininity, a charismatic orator who becomes a 'tribune' of the people. At the same time, however, she allows herself to be seduced by a prosperous middle-class youth whose promises prove to be just as empty as the revolutionary slogans in which she believes so fervently.

Film Review

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Author: F. Maurice Speed,James Cameron-Wilson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Motion pictures

Page: N.A

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The year's releases in review, with necrologies and brief articles.

Who was who

A Companion to Who's Who, Containing the Biographies of Those who Died

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography

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Cairo Today

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Cairo (Egypt)

Page: N.A

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