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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Extremely powerful provincial bosses—caciques—used the economic clout of the oligarchy to field pliable candidates to the Spanish parliament the Cortesto buy votes for those candidates, and to suppress opponents.

He concluded that the agenda of each of these groups was too narrow, too self-interested, too uninformed to merit any of them the leadership of the peoples and nations of the world. Pascual recalls it as the happiest time of his life. He has also reread what he has written.

La era de Franco. A good man who helped Pascual to leave prison for the first time. Just as he decided he could not kill her and was leaving the room, he made a noise that woke her.

He taunted Pascual, promising to shoot him when he recovered and mocking him for not being able to take care of his women. University of South Carolina For his part, Pascual offers artistically self-conscious comments on his work as autobiographer and about his fear that he might be executed before he can finish his tale. Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. Hence, even though he and most Spaniards believed until late to early that the Axis would win, Franco only made one significant contribution to the fascist cause.

Two other documents follow: This climate of fear and terror carried over into the literary field. The unremitting and very public mistreatment of this sector of the population constantly reminded the citizenry of the costs of resisting the regime.

A period of contented tranquillity in the Duarte home ensued.


The History of Spain. In this panorama of terror, destruction, and death, the triumphant leader of the so-called Nationalist rebellion that began the Civil War inGeneral Franco, had one principal aim: The novel has various narrators, the main being Pascual Duarte, who recounts his history in a rural dialect.

In the early hours yhe July 14 he was taken from his Madrid residence by leftist militants on the police force and killed in the street by them; then his body was dumped in a local cemetery.

The family of Pascual Duarte. Literature, Camilo José Cela at Spain is culture.

At this point there is a break in the narration. Having read the novel in manuscript, duartte considered it too morally problematic to endorse personally by providing a prologue for it. SYNOPSIS From prison the year-old agricultural laborer Pascual Duarte narrates his life, especially the events that led to his two jail terms familu two homicides, and to his execution in for a third murder, that of the local nobleman.

His life is full of pain and bad luck. The Family of Pascual Duarte. Comments upon it figure importantly in the citations for both his Nobel Prize for Literature and his Cervantes Prize, awarded annually to a prominent author writing in Vela.

When overcome by homesickness, Pascual returned to his village, probably in early For Ortega, Spain was great when a common spirit and purpose infused the country during the centuries of the Reconquest from the Moors and the century of the discovery, conquest, and colonization of the Americas. From the framing materials mentioned above, the reader understands that Pascual spent most of the time between and in prison.

Had a good relationship with Pascual and was with him in the moments before his death. The dominant prewar Spanish literature was vanguardist, embarking, as did Picasso in painting, on all manner of post-realist and post-naturalist experimentation.

The family house, small and dark with a dirt floor, was situated a few hundred yards outside a village, just beyond its cemetery. The general, popular for his successes in reasserting Spanish dominance in Morocco following the massacre of 10, Spanish soldiers there, ushered in a prosperous, peaceful period of nearly six years.

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It gives one pause to consider that if Pascual had it all to do over again, he would live his life differently. These militants were, for their part, revenging a drive-by assassination earlier that evening of a Communist policeman by young, upper-class gunmen. His fears proved well-founded. In late March, 3, small, medium, and large estates, mostly in Estremadura, were divided up among as many as 75, peasants. This time is one of the most agitated periods of time under the historic Constitution.

Instead they saw their sons fall to disease or become cannon fodder to protect the colonial plantations, mines, and markets so important to the monied interests of the country. This structuring may be read as an Ortegan experiment in truth seeking. 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. Travel planner Save time and effort. His autobiographical tale shows some of the tremendously harsh peasant reality of rural Spain up to the beginning of the Franco regime.

The Family of Pascual Duarte by Camilo José Cela

When Duarte and his wife experience the particularistic isolation dividing the landed noble and the peasant, the city and the country, Cela incorporates into his novel a fundamental analyses of the Spanish national situation that culminated in the Civil War. After a fierce struggle, he stabbed her in the throat and was covered by her spurting blood. Inwhen Cela began reading to his friends fragments of what was to become The Family of Pascual DuarteSpain was still reeling from the effects of the Civil War.

Lola then conceded Pascual was a man and confessed her love for him. On the night of February 12,he entered her room.

Died at a young age. Filled with conflicting emotions, he watched her sleeping for a long time.