This year marks the first centenary of the birth of writer Camilo José Cela, and has been declared by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture as “an event of special public interest”. For forty-five years, Cela occupied the Chair Q of the Spanish Royal Academy of Language and won the Premio Principe de Asturias de las Letras in 1987, the Premio Cervantes in 1995 and, of course, the Nobel 1989.
The jury on this last prize highlighted the “provocative vision of helplessness in all human being” present throughout all of the author’s output; a vision that soaks “The Family of Pascual Duarte”, where Cela brilliantly recounts the heart wrenching story of desolate soul.
Destino published a new edition of it this year. This week, the same imprint published Cela, piel adentro, (Cela, inside skin) a book where the Nobel’s son tries to bring us closer to his father’s figure, to demystify him all while painting a more intimate picture.
More about the Centenary: https://fundacioncela.wordpress.com/
Photo: © Instituto Cervantes
· Cela, Camilo José
· Cela, piel adentro