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De la aventura al orden

A poet and theorist of Ultraism, impeccable editor and a mediator between Spain and Latin America, Guillermo de Torre (Madrid, 1900 – Buenos Aires, 1971) is an important figure in Spanish culture. His great books: Literaturas europeas de vanguardia (1925), Historia de las literaturas de vanguardia (1965), together with the  magazines he founded, such as La Gaceta Literaria or Sur or the Colección Austral book series set him apart as being a cultural leader of the period.  De la aventura al orden comprises a wide collection of his work in the form of essays, literature and art. He writes on Rimbaud and Freud, Picasso and Gomez de la Serna, Azorín, Sartre o Cesar Vallejo at a time which was on the brink of the abyss.

The Spanish Literature Professor at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona and literary critic, Domingo Ródenas de Moya, has been in charge of the prologue and of compiling this volume as a specialist in avant-garde literature.

Cartas íntimas desde el exilio

When Dionisio Ridruejo (Burgo de Osma, Soria, 1912 -Madrid, 1975) clandestinely crossed the border in early June of 1962, he was already an undisputed figure in the opposition against the Franco dictatorship. His attendance at the IV Congress of the European Movement condemned him to two years in exile. Between 1962 and 1064 he maintained this intense correspondence with his wife, Gloria de Ros. These letters, unpublished until now, read as a private chronicle of the life of a conspirator. Reflected in his letters are his sense of duty and how he longed for his family, combined with his mixed feelings about returning to his homeland. He was a man both worried about his own family’s problems, as well as the challenge of his determination to rebuild a democratic consciousness among his compatriots.

Jordi Gracia, essayist and Faculty Chair of the University of Barcelona, and Jordi Amat, specialist in Ridruejo, wrote the prologue and compiled this extraordinary testimony.

De santos y milagros [Of saints and miracles]

“De Santos y Milagros” is an anthology that comprises a wide and varied series of stories and articles by the great Galician writer Álvaro Cunqueiro (Mondoñedo, 1911 – Vigo, 1981 which were published in various newspapers and magazines from the beginning of the Civil War until his death and have been hitherto virtually unknown. Furthermore, the volume includes six formerly unpublished stories that contribute towards creating this treasure of a book about magic realism in Spain.

Within these themes, a large number of texts are included that have never previously been published in a book and which are, similarly, not known to critics and readers, such as the seven stories that appeared between 1945 and 1946 in the magazine Catolicismo, and which were only discovered in 2011.

César Antonio Molina and Xosé Antonio López Silva wrote the prologue and the study, respectively, of this unique anthology.

Poesía y creación [Poetry and creation]

The poet, Vicente Huidobro (Santiago de Chile, 1893 – Cartagena, 1948) is, without a doubt, the most important figure of the avant-garde movement in the Spanish Literature of the twenties, without which, according to Gerardo Diego «the history of our poetry would be unexplainable». Huidobra was known for his controversial personality yet, at the same time he was famously naïve, vehement and polemic. According to Octavio Paz, Huidobro is «the invisible oxygen» of contemporary poetry and his work is «one of the most lucid and conscious contributions of formal experience from the beginning of the 20th century». This anthology consists of the author’s most important poetic texts and manifestos, and closes with the poem «hermanos», which was essentially rescued from oblivion. The book also includes a compilation of letters that are little known or unpublished to date.

Gabriele Morelli, Faculty Chair of Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Bérgamo, a well-known Italian Hispanist, and an expert on the generation of ’27 and on contemporary Spanish poetry, was in charge of writing the prologue to this volume and compiling the content.

Historias lúcidas [Lucid stories]

Historias Lucidas comprises a selection of previously unknown novels by d’Ors. These are Sijé, Oceanografía del Tedio, Magín, El Sueño es Vida, Historia de las Esparragueras and Aldemaediana. D’Ors had a skill as a storyteller, and novelist during a time of crisis in narrative fiction (in the ‘20s). Despite being little known, D’Ors published stories and novels, essays, (hybrid, fragmented, and discontinued), are of great interest that can be read today as examples of the modern novel.

The philosopher and writer, Xavier Pla, Professor of literature at the University of Gerona, was responsible for selecting the texts included in this volume.

Testigo de excepción. Crítica periódica sobre literatura de la Vanguardia [Exceptional witness. Journalistic critique on avant-garde literature]

Juan Chabás (Denia, 1900 – La Habana, 1954) was a prolific article writer and essayist who displayed great intellectual curiosity. He evolved into a highly influential individual who assisted the most important artistic-literary period of contemporary times: the historical avant-garde. With his journalistic critique and the volume Poetas de Todos los Tiempos, he managed to elevate the essayist prose to the highest level of exquisiteness and beauty. 

Javier Pérez Bazo, Faculty Chair of Spanish literature at the University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès (France) and author of over twenty volumes on contemporary literature, is responsible for the selection of texts in this volume.