The work and life of the Barcelona-based writer, Elisabeth Mulder (1904-1987), is, undoubtedly, among the most intriguing in Spanish contemporary literature. A contemporary author of the Spanish generation of ‘27, Mulder was one of the most promising literary figures of her generation. Before reaching the age of thirty, however, she abandoned poetry and become an excellent novelist. The novels and short stories by Elisabeth Mulder were compared at the time with those of Somerset Maugham and Katherine Mansfield. This was due, in part, to both their cosmopolitan quality and their unconventional psychological perceptiveness. Mulder never ascribed to the trends of the time, nor did she defend any political persuasion and it was, perhaps, because of this that after her death, she was unjustly forgotten. However, notable novels such as La Historia de Java (The Story of Java) and El Vendedor de Vidas (The seller of lives) should be included, due to their merits, in any overview of Spanish literature dating from the 20th century. Many of Mulder’s stories are near perfection and exude a Chekovian feel which may be appreciated by the discerning reader.
Sinfonía en Rojo (Symphony in Red) includes a sample of all the genres that Mulder developed, from poetry to novels, and including stories and journalistic articles. This work comprises a panoramic view of a literary work of both great originality and literary value.
Juan Manuel de Prada (Baracaldo, Vizcaya, 1970) is a writer who, for close to two decades has advocated the work of Elisabeth Mulder, as well as creating her as one of the characters in his book: Las Esquinas del Aire. He is also the author of the novels, Las Máscaras del Héroe (Ojo Crítico Award), La Tempestad (Planeta Prize, La Vida Invisible (National Narrative Award), El Séptimo Velo (Biblioteca Breve Award) and Mirlo Blanco, Cisne Negro, among others. De Prada’s journalistic work has won him such prestigious prizes as the Mariano de Cavia Prize.