Viejas historias de Castilla la Vieja

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Alianza Editorial, 2001 - Fiction - 115 pages
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La precisión, riqueza y naturalidad de la prosa, un profundo conocimiento del medio humano y del entorno geográfico de los pueblos de la Meseta, la combinación de distanciamiento irónico y simpatía profunda hacia el mundo rural se funden en las prodigiosas estampas contenidas en VIEJAS HISTORIAS DE CASTILLA LA VIEJA. Un emigrante regresa a su aldea tras una larga ausencia y rememora la vida de un pueblo castellano de principios del siglo xx: por una parte, estancamiento, rutina, superstición, atraso, pobreza; por otra, sensación de arraigo y pertenencia, relaciones comunitarias, contacto inmediato con relaciones primarias. Completa el volumen «La caza de la perdiz roja», delicioso diáologo entre «el Barbas» -un viejo perdicero- y «el Cazador» -el propio MIGUEL DELIBES-, que glosan sus experiencias y reflexionan sobre la actividad cinegética.

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About the author (2001)

Delibes, one of the most respected novelists in Spain today, is particularly known for his rural novels, in which he views nature with loving but unsentimental eyes. These somewhat pessimistic novels are highly critical of modern industrialized society and full of nostalgia for a simpler, more natural past. The Hedge (1969) is a nightmarish tale of a sensitive clerk who is progressively dehumanized by his job and cut off from the rest of humanity by a thick hedge, symbolizing the totalitarian state. Five Hours with Mario (1966), which many critics consider Delibes's masterpiece, presents the bitter reflections of a widow as she sits with the corpse of her husband, who has just died after a miserable life of poverty and failure resulting from his defiance of repressive authorities.