César M. Arconada (Astudillo, Palencia, 1898-Moscow, 1964), was one of the renovators of narrative and the avant-garde, a pioneer of the re-humanization of literature and art, and a writer who at almost sixty years of age undertook a journey to document and write a chronicle of Mao's China. The result was a journalistic and literary document in which legends and popular wisdom, customs and landscapes are intermingled to give a vision of the human and social reality of the singular and unexpected Asian giant.
Arconada was editor-in-chief of La Gaceta Literaria and music and literary critic, with works that made their way around the world (Life of Greta Garbo, Comics of the Cinema), as well as revolutionary novelist (The Poor vs. the Rich, Land Distribution), storyteller, poet and playwright. After being rescued by Nancy Cunard and Pablo Neruda from a French concentration camp, he went into exile in Moscow, where he became the quintessential disseminator of Spanish literature of the Golden Age.
Gonzalo Santonja (Béjar, Salamanca, 1952), Professor of Spanish Literature at the Complutense University of Madrid and General Director of the Instituto Castellano y Leonés de la Lengua, winner of the Premio Nacional de Ensayo and the Castilla y León de las Letras Prize, is one of the great specialists in authors, trends and publishers of the Silver Age, the «uncivil» war and exile.