San Camilo, 1936: The Eve, Feast, and Octave of St. Camillus of the Year 1936 in Madrid

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About the Author

Camilo José Cela, winner of the 1989 Nobel Prize for Literature, was born in 1916 in Galicia in a family with aristocratic roots. His father was a Spaniard, his mother of English birth but also with some Italian blood. His medical studies were interrupted due to the civil war, after which he returned to Madrid to study law. In 1942, he published the novel that made his name, La familia de Pascual Duarte. Since then he has devoted himself entirely to literature. He lived on Mallorca for decades, starting in 1954. In 1956 and until 1979, he published the magazine, Papeles de Son Armadans in which, during the Franco era, he could give space to the young opposition. He died in 2001.


"Cela continues to anticipate and outlast his peers. Few contemporary writers can match his range, verbal richness, and purity of means. Few have given better evidence of dwelling in awfulness while caressing beauty. No other artist--except Picasso--has tapped such energies at the age when most gentlemen tend their gardens. Camilo José Cela approaches dusk with a steadfast gaze that only a few writers of genius can turn upon the face of chaos." --Eduardo González, The Nobel Prize Annual 1989