Cela y Truloc, Camilo Jose

Born: May 11, 1916 AD
Died: 2002 AD, at 85 years of age.

Nationality: Spanish
Categories: Novelists


1916 - Born on May 11th in Iria, Flavia, Spain. Spanish writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

1936-1939 - Cela attended the University of Madrid before and after the Spanish Civil War, during which he served with Franco's army.

1942 - He is best known for his novel La familia de Pascual Duarte (The Family of Pascual Duarte) and is considered to have given new life to Spanish literature.

1951 - His second novel, La colmena (The Hive), with its fragmented chronology and large cast of characters, is an innovative and perceptive story of postwar Madrid.

1955 - Cela settled in Majorca, where he founded a well-respected literary review, Papeles de Son Armadans, and published books in fine editions.

1957 - He became a member of the Spanish Academy.

1968 - He began to publish his multivolume Diccionario secreto, a compilation of “unprintable” but well-known words and phrases.

1969 - Another of his better-known avant-garde novels, 'San Camilo, 1936', is one continuous stream of consciousness.

1986 - He retraced the itinerary of his first travel book for Nuevo viaje a la Alcarría.

1989 - He won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

1999 - His later novels include Cristo versus Arizona (“Christ Versus Arizona”) and the Galician trilogy—Mazurca para dos muertos (Mazurka for Two Dead People), La cruz de San Andrés (“St. Andrew's Cross”), and Madera de boj (Boxwood).

2002 - Died on January 17th in Madrid.

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