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San Camilo 36

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San Camilo 36

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

With this work, Camilo José Cela offered some of his best literary experimentation given the game established between style and content. Narrated as an internal monologue, like Joyce’s Ulysses (1922), San Camilo, 1936 is set in the week preceding the start of the Spanish Civil War. In the continuous monologue, the author reflects on human existence with the social background provided by life in Madrid. The ramblings present a large number of characters, in all conditions, who live their life without being aware of the coming tragedy.

The path started with this work would continue in Christ versus Arizona (1994) by Cela, which is a single long prayer.


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