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The Tyrant Banderas

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Literature, Narrative



Original title

Tirano Banderas

Towering work of Valle-Inclán in which he uses grotesque elements (esperpento) in a novel for the first time.

Published at the end of 1926, "Tirano Banderas" is one of the best narrative works by Ramón María del Valle-Inclán, in which he uses grotesque elements (esperpento) in a novel for the first time.

The book is about the fall of the South American dictator, Santos Banderas, whose cruelty and repression were feared by the people in the fictitious nation of Santa Fe de Tierra Firme. The novel tells us about the behaviour of the tyrant and how the revolutionary movements managed to overthrow him.

Valle-Inclán drew upon his experience on a trip to revolutionary Mexico, which impressed him very much. This novel brought about a change in the author's aesthetics, getting him closer to the typical concerns of the Generation of '98.


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