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Literature, Narrative



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This is the name of four novels that make up a narrative corpus, published by the prolific writer Ramón María del Valle-Inclán between 1902 and 1905.

Each one of them is dedicated to a season of the year: "Sonnet of Autumn" (1902), "Sonnet of Summer" (1903), "Sonnet of Spring" (1904) and "Sonnet of Winter" (1905). The protagonist is the Marquis of Bradomín, who can be defined undoubtedly as an "alter ego" of his creator, who he defines as an "admirable, ugly, Catholic and sentimental Don Juan".

The actions in each novel take place in Italy, Mexico, Galicia and Navarre, respectively. They are written as dispersed fragments of the fictitious memories of the Marquis.

Because of their splendour and mystery, their refined musical prose and decadent atmosphere, Valle-Inclán's "Sonnets" had the same effect as the poetry by the Rubén Darío, the poet from Nicaragua: the full integration of Modernist language and sensitivity into Spanish literature.


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