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Camilo José Cela

  • Camilo José Cela © José Aymá / EL MUNDO

    Camilo José Cela © José Aymá / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

May 11, 1916

Date of death


"Writer. He is one of the great figures of Spanish literature. He has received some of the most important literary prizes that can be awarded to an author: The Nobel Prize, the Cervantes Award and the Príncipe de Asturias Award."

He was born in Iria Flavia (A Coruña) in 1916. He had a Spanish father and an English mother and grew up in Galicia. He moved with his family to Madrid in 1925. He soon entered the Department of Philosophy and Letters and took literature classes from poet Pedro Salinas. After the Civil War, he began studying law, which he left shortly thereafter for literature. The publication of “La familia de Pascual Duarte” (The Family of Pascual Duarte) in 1942 was his definitive establishment as an author, despite a huge scandal because of its gruesomeness and crudity. No match Vendrían después obras igualmente importantes, como "La colmena", un enorme mosaico del Madrid miserable de los primeros años de la posguerra. Later came equally important works such as as “La colmena” (The Hive), an enormous mosaic of miserable Madrid in the early post-war years. He died in Madrid in 2002.


National Narrative Award (1984)
Nobel Prize for Literature (1989)
Cervantes Literature Award (1995)
Príncipe de Asturias Award (1987)

Essential works

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    Mazurka for Two Dead Men

    A novel by Camilo José Cela, set during the Spanish Civil War, in which a series of lives marked by sexuality, barbarity and physical violence are presented.

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    San Camilo 36

    A brilliant work by Camilo José Cela where he experimented with literary style and narrative content.

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    Journey to the Alcarria

    A famous travel book by Camilo José Cela where his offers his impressions on the Alcarria landscape.

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  • Campaign for entry in the RAE © Fundación Camilo José Cela

    Campaign for the entry of Camilo José Cela in the RAE

    Camilo José Cela collected in one volume all the documents relating to his election to be a member of the Spanish Royal Academy (RAE).

    Camilo José Cela Foundation, Marquis de Iria Flavia (Padrón)

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  • Detail of the manuscript of 'The beehive' © Fundación Camilo José Cela

    Original manuscript of 'The beehive'

    This original manuscript of 'The beehive' offers a glimpse of their working methods followed by Camilo José Cela while writing the novel.

    Camilo José Cela Foundation, Marquis de Iria Flavia (Padrón)

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Other highlighted works

  • La cátira
  • La cruz de San Andrés (The Cross of Saint Andrew)

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