Mazurka for Two Dead Men

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5.1 X 1.0 X 7.9 inches | 0.7 pounds
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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 never forgets that the mazurka is a dance. He writes with gusto about that fundamental two-step of human existence: sex and death.
The definitive novel of how the Spanish Civil War was actually experienced by ordinary people.
His most mesmerizing fiction, about life during the first four decades of the twentieth century, a life so brutal that the Spanish Civil War, when it occurs, seems a mere continuation of the ordinary. A fiendishly haunting story.
Cela is the Goya of Franco's Spain.--Paul West
If there is any Spanish novelist who deserves the Nobel Prize on the merit of narrative experimentation alone, it is without a doubt Camilo José Cela.--Miguel Ugarte
There is a secret slot for Cela at his best, as one of the great prose stylists, plural, of Spain--a man dangerously like us.--Roberto Bolaño