The Fundamental Works Collection, published by Fundación Banco Santander, resurrects Spanish-language authors from the late 19th and early 20th century whose work has largely been forgotten and is now difficult to find.

In 2012, the collection was expanded with the creation of the Fundamental Works Notebooks, small-format compilations of short unpublished texts that reveal the most personal side of renowned authors.

In 2018, the foundation published the following volume:

Carlos Fuentes

Carlos Fuentes

Luis Buñuel o la mirada de la Medusa (Un ensayo inconcluso)
This Fundamental Works Notebook contains an unfinished, unpublished essay by the writer Carlos Fuentes (Panama, 1928– Mexico City, 2012) about the filmmaker Luis Buñuel (Calanda, 1900–Mexico City, 1983). It also includes correspondence between the two authors that illustrate the creative process of this work and provide invaluable insight into their relationships and personalities. Román Gubern, a writer and media historian, and Javier Herrera Navarro, an art historian who is also one of the leading experts on Buñuel, wrote the introductory essays for this volume.

The book was presented on 25 October 2018 in a press conference at the foundation’s headquarters featuring the participation of Javier Herrera Navarro, who edited and annotated the notebook in addition to writing the introduction.

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Elisabeth Mulder

Elisabeth Mulder

Sinfonía en rojo. Prosa y poesía selecta
This volume of the Fundamental Works Collection is dedicated to Elisabeth Mulder (Barcelona, 1904–1987), a contemporary of the Generation of ‘27 but never one to be swayed by the prevailing fashions. Sinfonía en rojo. Prosa y poesía selecta provides a sampling of the various genres Mulder cultivated, from poetry and short stories to novels and press articles, thus offering a panoramic survey of her literary output. Juan Manuel de Prada selected the texts and wrote the excellent prologue that introduces us to the work of a highly original and talented author.

Marius Carol, editor of the newspaper La Vanguardia, and the authors Care Santos and Juan Manuel de Prada participated in the official presentation on 18 June at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

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Marín Civera y Luis Abad

Marín Civera y Luis Abad

En pos de un nuevo humanismo. Prosa escogida
This anthology in the Fundamental Works Collection recovers the voices of two great Spanish intellectuals whom few remember today: Marín Civera (Valencia, 1900–Mexico City, 1975) and Luis Abad Carretero (Almería, 1895–Gádor, 1971). Both men devoted their mental efforts to the quest for a new humanism capable of dealing with the issues attendant on technical progress and finding serenity in the fast-paced world they foresaw. Ricardo Tejada, a lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Spanish Civilisation at the University of Le Mans, France, and researcher specialised in philosophical Hispanism, edited the volume and wrote the introductory essay.

The foundation presented the book on 24 October 2018 at a press conference in which the philosopher Fernando Savater and Ricardo Tejada both participated

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Reading Promotion

María Moliner Awards

In 2018, Fundación Banco Santander sponsored the 19th María Moliner Awards for the promotion of reading, granted by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport and the Spanish Federation of Towns and Provinces.

The contest, aimed at Spanish towns with a population of 50,000 or less, was created to reward libraries for initiatives that combine reading promotion activities, efficient library work and integration in the community of persons at risk of social exclusion or with some type of disability. Points are also awarded for the use of new technologies and the involvement of children and youth in the project’s development.

Participating towns competed for one of the 300 stipends to purchase additional library books, financed by the ministry, and one of four cash prizes awarded by the foundation: 10,000 euros for the three libraries that submit the best projects, and 6,000 euros for the most innovative project in terms of intergenerational integration.

The projects that received the cash prizes from Fundación Banco Santander in 2018 were as follows: Lectilandia (Public Town Library of Arucas, Las Palmas); Herencia de las palabras (Miguel de Cervantes Public Town Library, Herencia, Ciudad Real); and Villamelee: 50 años haciendo biblioteca (Public Town Library of Villamalea, Albacete). The 6,000-euro prize went to Desaparecer para aparecer (Santa Mónica Public Town Library, San Javier, Murcia). Three honorary mentions were also awarded to the libraries of Espinal (Erro, Navarra), Alovera (Guadalajara) and Villanúa (Huesca).


Fundación Biblioteca de Literatura Universal (BLU)

Fundación Banco Santander has been a founding trustee of Fundación Biblioteca de Literatura Universal (BLU) since 1997, an institution established for the purpose of promoting Spanish as a universal language of culture.

Fundación BLU published the Biblioteca de Literatura Universal Collection, comprising translations of great classics of world literature, and the BLU-MINOR Collection, which offers readers fine editions of classic works and authors in smaller formats.

It also organises the International Spanish Language Congresses to encourage the use of Spanish as a global vehicle of exchange and communication and promote the analysis of its economic value and cultural industries.

Real Academia Española

Fundación Banco Santander supports the Real Academia Española, whose mission is to safeguard the integrity of the Spanish language wherever it is spoken. In addition to dictionaries, spelling rules and grammar books, its extensive catalogue includes commemorative publications and graphic, linguistic, literary and historical works.

The academy also has a library and archive, which compile, organise, store and disseminate the documentary heritage produced by the institution since its founding in 1713. Thanks to the sponsorship of Banco Santander, in 2016 an app was introduced that allows researchers to consult its digitised holdings, in particular the bulk of its 18th-century documents.