The Family of Pascual Duarteby Camilo José CelaTHE LITERARY WORK A novel By Cela was hard at work on The Family of Pascual Duarte, his writing. Cela was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in October , and this novel is considered by many to be his masterpiece. It is the story of an ignorant. The Family of Pascual Duarte (Spanish: La Familia de Pascual Duarte) is a novel written by Spanish Nobel laureate Camilo José Cela.

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From its publication late in Decemberthe novel was received as the rebirth of the literarily serious Spanish novel after three years of war and three more years of repression. Cela has consistently rejected jkse labels for his fiction. He creates jode that do jjose exist in the novel: This novel also contains themes of extreme realism and existentialism.

Following the failure of a right wing, Catholic government to bring order to national life, the Spanish parliament was dissolved in January and the ensuing February parliamentary elections brought the leftist Popular Front to power. A period of contented tranquillity in the Duarte home ensued. The Family of Pascual Duarte. In fact, it experimented with several kinds of democracy, including the antimonarchical, wholly elected government of the First Republic. This climate of fear and terror carried over into the literary field.

Pascual was born and lived in a house owned by his family, but, in a region of estates, without appreciable land for the Duarte family to cultivate. In this section you can search all our contents throughout the different stages in the history of art in Spain, to find styles such camily Baroque, Gothic, Mudejar and many, many more. For those tainted by previous personal or familial activities associated with the left-wing political parties of the Republic and its cwla forces, the post-Civil War period was a daily life-and-death struggle.


The Family of Pascual Duarte by Camilo José Cela

His autobiographical tale shows some of the tremendously harsh peasant reality of rural Spain up to the beginning of Franco ‘s regime. Are you interested in any Course?

The novel has a clear religious theme, despite the author having never been devoted, and the references to God throughout it are numerous. University of South Carolina The philosopher held that truth results from the discovery and reconciliation of all relevant, individual points of view.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. He then felt impelled to kill her.

Duartd, bythe year the Civil War began, as many as pasfual, super-radical workers, judging the CNT too willing to compromise with the government, had become active in the secret society known as the FAI Federation of Iberian Anarchists.

These militants were, for their part, revenging a drive-by assassination earlier that evening of a Communist policeman by young, upper-class gunmen. The first two editions created an uproar and in less than a year it was banned.

The confiscation of their passports meant that they could not easily or legally emigrate from Spain either. He claims, amongst other things, that Fate is controlling his life and whatever he does nothing will ever change.

The Family of Pascual Duarte

Trans, and intro, Anthony Kerrigan. It contended with mounting mutually exclusive demands from the political left and right. Segments of this group made a mockery of parliamentary rule by widespread election fixing. The characters live in the margins of society and their lives are submersed in anguish and pain.


This time is one of the most agitated periods of time under the historic Constitution.

Comments upon it figure fxmily in the citations for both his Nobel Prize for Literature and his Cervantes Prize, awarded annually to a prominent author writing in Spanish. They were won by the Popular Fronta coalition of socialists, communists, Catalonian separatists, and republicans.

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The dominant prewar Spanish literature was vanguardist, embarking, as did Picasso in painting, on all manner of post-realist and post-naturalist experimentation. Pascual wondered why he came back home when the only remedy for what he felt towards his mother was putting distance between them.

Following the footsteps of the people involved rather than the order of events, I jump from beginning to end and from the end back to the beginning. He had by then learned the basic skills: When Mario fell into an oil vat and died at age nine, Pascual viewed it as a release from a life that was very hard even for the strong.

Calendar Plan your trip Favourites. Undaunted, Cela not only finished this first novel but went on to publish more, including La colmena ; The Hive Spanish and Portuguese Literatures and Their Times.

The book could be said to explore a Spanish version of Existentialism known as tremendismo.

The pages comprise the handwritten narrative of one Pascual Duarte.