San Camilo-1936 - C

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Duke University Press, 1991 - Fiction - 302 pages
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Widely regarded as one of the best works by the winner of the 1989 Nobel Prize for Literature, San Camilo, 1936 appears here for the first time in English translation. One of Spain’s most popular writers, Camilo Josť Cela is recognized for his experiments with language and with difficult subject matter. In San Camilo, 1936, first published in 1969, these concerns converge in a fascinating narrative that is as challenging as it is rewarding, as troubling as it is compelling.
A story of history as it happens, by turns confusing and startingly clear, echoing with news and rumors, defined by grand gestures and intimate pauses, the novel leads the reader into the ordinary life of extraordinary times. Beginning on the eve of the Spanish Civil War, San Camilo, 1936 follows a twenty-year-old student’s attempts to sort out his private affairs (sex, money, career) in the midst of the turmoil overtaking his country. In vivid and richly textured prose that distinguishes Cela’s work, the emotional reality of civil war takes on a vibrant immediacy that is humorous, tender, and ultimately transforming as a young man tries to come to terms with the historical moment he inhabits—and hopes to survive.
Readers new to Cela will find in this novel ample reason for the author’s growing reputation among audiences worldwide.

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SAN CAMILO, 1936: The Eve, Feast, and Octave of St. Camillus of the Year 1936 in Madrid

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A 20-year-old, skein-like novel by the 1989 Nobel winner—a tour-de-force that proceeds in chapter-length sentences, on-rushing with asides and tiny glimpses into the life of a neighborhood and its ... Read full review

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In San Camilo 1936 we have a book that Cela promised to write on the subject of the Spanish Civil War--in which he fought for the Nationalist side. If the writer is to be believed the character ... Read full review

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Camilo Jose Cela, 1916 - 2002 Camilo Jose Cela was born on May 11, 1916 in Iria Flavia, district of Padron, Province of Coruiia. He is a Doctor Honorus Causa at Syracuse University in the U. S., Birmingham University in Britain, John F. Kennedy University in Argentina, Palma de Mallorca, Santiago de Compostela, the Interamericana University in Puerto Rico and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Cela is a former professor at the University de Mallorca and a member of the Real Academie Espanola, He is also a member of the Hispanic Society of America, the Society of Spanish and Spanish-American Studies and the Academie du Monde Latin. Cela is an honorary member of the Real Academie Gallega, the Real Academie de Buenas Litras, the Real Academie de Bellas Artes de San Sebastian, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the Cultural Institute Israel-Ibero-American, Spain and Portugal. Cela received an honorary postman position as well as an honorary doctorate in forensic medicine. He was a Senator by Royal appointment to the constituent assembly from 1977 to 1978. He is an Honorary Citizen of the State of Texas and founder and director of the journal, "Papeles de Son Arnedans" which ran from 1956 to 1979. Cela won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1989. His best known work is "La Familia de Pascual Duarte," published in 1942. Camilo Jose Cela died in 2002.

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