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Mazurka for Two Dead Men

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Original title

Mazurca para dos muertos

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.

“Mazurca para dos muertos” (Mazurka for two Dead Men) is a novel by Camilo José Cela published in 1983, in which he demonstrates his skilful and expressive mastery.
The novel presents the plot of a murderer and his revenge in order to reflect on sexuality and physical violence. Cela also uses the novel to express certain elements of folklore and rural Gallegan life, and he also tries to bring to mind the experience of collective living, as he did in “La colmena” (The Hive) (1951). The author uses several themes recurrently, such as rain and the axle of a cart, which allude to the immutable continuity of time, granting uniformity to the work.
The novel was awarded the National Narrative Award in 1984.


National Narrative Literature Award (1984)


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