Interviews with Spanish Writers

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Contrary to received opinion, Spanish literature didn't die with the gunning down of Garcia Lorca in 1936; it went underground, spoke in code, and kept alive until the end of the Franco dictatorship. Since then, literary production has bees so prolific that critics are talking of a new Renaissance of Spanish letters.

Gazarian Gautier follows her successful Interviews with Latin American Writers (1989) with this companion volume devoted to two dozen of Spain's most significant writers: Rafael Alberti, Fernando Arrabal, Juan Benet, Antonio Buero Vallejo, Jose Maria Carrascal, Jose Lius Castillo Puche, Camilo Jose Cela, Carmen Conde, Miguel Delibes, Lidia Falcon, Juan Goytisolo, Carmen Laforet, Juan Marse, Carmen Martin Gaite, Ana Maria Matute, Eduoardo Mendoza, Rosa Montero, Antonio Munoz Molina, Justo Jorge Padron, Julian Rios, Jose Lius Sampedro, Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, Francisco Umbral, and Manuel Vazquez Montalban. The Spanish Civil War and censorship under Franco are two recurring topics as these writers situate their work in a political context, while discussions of influences and affinities establish an aesthetic context. With the approach of the 500th anniversary of Columbus's discovery of America, Spain is attracting considerable attention and Interviews with Spanish Writers should an important collection for that event and for years to come.

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Presented here are 24 engrossing interviews with Spanish literary celebrities ranging from Rafael Alberti (born 1902) to Antonio Munoz Molina (born 1956). Most are novelists, but some are poets (e.g., suave and punctilious Justo Jorge Padron, antithesis of the bohemian mystique) or playwrights (e.g., Antonio Buero Vallejo, whose republican activities earned him a death sentence, later commuted). A fourth of them are women, although octogenarian Maria Zambrano is sadly not included. While it is emphasized that the Civil War was not the death of Spanish literature, the specter of that war dominates the book. When the mother of Juan Goytisolo, for example, was killed in an air raid, the loss shook the writer to his very roots. Lidia Falcon and Buero Vallejo survived politi cal imprisonment, and Alberti lived 40 years in exile. Yet the issue of Nobel laureate Camilio Jose Cela's rightist tendencies is delicately avoided here. Recommended for readers of both history and literature.
- Jack Shreve, Allegany Community Coll., Cumberland, Md.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

A rewarding, lively set of interviews with 24 veterans and newcomers to Spanish literature, this volume should serve as a handy reader's guide to Spain's current literary revival. Juan Goytisolo, sometimes called the Spanish James Joyce, discusses his affinity for the organic literary forms of pre-Renaissance Spain. Exiled playwright Fernando Arrabal, enfant terrible of French avant-garde theater, calls himself "a religious writer . . . a medieval man." Detective novelist Eduardo Mendoza suggests that the so-called new genres of crime fiction and the historical novel are modern adaptations of the picaresque. Novelist-journalist Rosa Montero urges women writers to "relearn to let fantasy be set free." Editor Gazarian Gautier is a professor of Spanish literature at St. John's University in New York.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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