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The Family of Pascual Duarteby Camilo José CelaTHE LITERARY WORK A novel By Cela was hard at work on The Family of Pascual Duarte, his writing. Cela was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in October , and this novel is considered by many to be his masterpiece. It is the story of an ignorant. The Family of Pascual Duarte (Spanish: La Familia de Pascual Duarte) is a novel written by Spanish Nobel laureate Camilo José Cela.

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Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. In practice the Restoration witnessed the increasing domination of Spanish society by the oligarchy formed by the traditional landed aristocracy, the new industrial and financial elite, and the leaderships of the Catholic Church and the military.

He was cruel, especially to his son Mario. When some words were exchanged between Pascual and another man, Pascual sliced him several times with his knife and went home.

He does, in keeping with the apology, cla successions of people and events and intervals of time between them rather than a start-to-finish narrative. But already in January military officers, including General Francisco Francoand the oligarchical financial elite had begun plotting the overthrow of this coalition and the Republic in general.

The family of Pascual Duarte. Literature, Camilo José Cela at Spain is culture.

Extremely powerful provincial bosses—caciques—used the economic clout of the oligarchy to field pliable candidates to the Spanish parliament the Cortesto buy votes for those candidates, and to suppress opponents. SYNOPSIS From prison the year-old agricultural laborer Pascual Duarte narrates his life, especially the events that led to his two jail terms for two homicides, and to his execution in for a third murder, that of the local nobleman.

This time is one of the most agitated periods of time under the historic Constitution. Dawsons of Pall Mall Unfortunately for the oligarchy, however, with increased production came notable increases in the number, concentration, and radicalization of organized Spanish workers. From prison the year-old agricultural laborer Pascual Duarte narrates his life, especially the events that led to his two jail terms for two homicides, and to his execution in for a third murder, that of the local nobleman.

And as the nation began rebuilding, its agricultural and industrial production were Having decided to go to America, he took all the family money and boarded a train bound for Madrid. The confiscation of their passports meant that they could not easily or legally emigrate from Spain either. The first-person narrator-protagonist Pascual Duarte, while awaiting execution in the condemned cell, tells the story of his family life and his homicidal past, culminating in matricide.


It also meant the legitimatization of his position by strengthening his ties to the Catholic Church and to the Falange party, the most harmless, from his viewpoint, of the prewar right-wing political groups. Following a chance wartime stay in Estremadura and Almendralejo, the setting for much of The Family of Pascual DuarteCela, influenced by that reading and the prewar intellectual ferment in Madrid, began to incorporate into his writing the human and social observations he made.

Autonomous Regions This section provides access to the contents in each autonomous region by browsing through maps. The primary reality for the average Spaniard in the period of the writing of The Family of Pascual Duarte was to survive the peace.

In INMSOL we use cookies to enhance your user experience, improve our services and show advertising related to your preferences by analyzing your browsing habits. When Duarte or his father were home, money was apparently never a problem for the family.

His mother received him very coldly. Pascual wondered why he came back home when the only remedy for what he felt towards his mother was putting distance ca,ilo them.

His autobiographical tale shows some of the tremendously harsh peasant reality of rural Spain up to the beginning of Franco ‘s regime. One day in the fields, while resting from hunting with his dog Chispa, Chispa sat looking at him. Lola informed Pascual that she was pregnant.

The Family of Pascual Duarte

The novel has various narrators, the main being Pascual Duarte, who recounts his history in a psscual dialect. The middle classes and the oligarchy, who constituted no more than 30 percent of the Spanish population, could buy their sons out of the draft that funneled familu and sailors to the above-named wars and adventures. Pascual recalls it as the happiest time of his life.

This structuring may be read as an Ortegan experiment in truth seeking.

The Family of Pascual Duarte by Camilo José Cela

In the first section of his narrative, Pascual tells how he used to fish for eels in a foul-smelling stream behind his house. This much amused his mother. Furthermore, the economy was in ruins. Arbitrary censorship camiilo great concern about reprisals for any written indication of ideology or criticism contrary to the Franco regime were ever present.


For those tainted by previous personal or familial activities associated with the left-wing political parties of the Republic and its armed forces, the post-Civil War period was a daily life-and-death struggle. At home and abroad he observed the contention among capitalists, fascists, and communists that flourished between the two world wars.


World Literature and Its Times: Film and photography Design, fashion and illustration Music Performing arts Literature and thought Linguistic heritage. Tremendous violence typified Spain during all of his life and the entire nineteenth century the —14 War of Independence from the French, three Spanish civil wars between andand the Spanish-American and Caribbean wars of independence.

In The Family of Pascual DuarteCela sets a career-long pattern of centering his fictions around the lives and points of view of people he identifies as losers in society. Certain elements of the traditional picaresque first-person narrative and others of ballads of bandits and evildoers, were placed in the dharte of a cqmilo manuscript, a strategy established by Cervantes in Don Quixote also in WLAIT 5: The pharmacist was a friend of the Count of Torre-mejia, the last man whom Pascual Duarte murdered.

Bomb throwers and assassins, its members were deadly terrorists. In many cases, those singled out as pariahs survived only through the charity of family members and friends whose loyalty was not questioned and who could function in the reduced economy of the period.

This time is one of the most agitated periods of time under the historic constitution. The dominant prewar Spanish literature was vanguardist, embarking, as did Picasso in painting, on all manner of post-realist and post-naturalist experimentation. Although Pascual Duarte camil specifically between andthe Ortegan particularism he observes and lives is centuries old. In fact, it experimented with several kinds of democracy, including the antimonarchical, wholly elected government of the First Republic.

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