Old Spain and New Spain: The Travel Narratives of Camilo by David Henn

By David Henn

This is often the 1st book-length examine of the six shuttle narratives released by way of the 1989 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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By David Henn

This is often the 1st book-length examine of the six shuttle narratives released by way of the 1989 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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In fact, it was not until La colmena (1951) that the author employed this narrative method in a full-length work of fiction. Given that a first draft of La colmena was submitted to the censor in January 1946, a mere six months before the Alcarria trip and the publication of the early chapters of the travel book, it is possible that the unconventional narrative approach that Cela adopted with the Alcarria account was the result of his switch to and satisfaction with the almost total employment of third-person narration in La colmena.

This notion of traveling and waiting to see what turns up is reiterated in a lengthy article that Cela published in 1949 and in which the author reveals his desire to make a journey around La Mancha. He indicates that he has believed in this take-things-as-they-come approach for a number of years and, furthermore, he suggests that he travels with an open mind and is unwilling to allow himself to become burdened with facts, statistics, and so on. 19 He goes on to confess that he really enjoys what he terms ‘‘esta manera un tanto ana´ rquica de caminar, esta forma de andar a lo que caiga, a lo que salte, o a lo que Dios quiera’’ [this somewhat anarchic approach to traveling, this way of seeing how things turn out, what turns up, or what God wills] (X, 583).

Guadalajara, 6 de junio de 1946’’ [Casa Montes. Guadalajara, 6 June 1946] (IV, 52)—was apparently requested to prove when and where the traveler acquired the crownpiece. While the brief Guadalajara episode (though untypical of the work as a whole, in that it takes place in a city) does give some indication of descriptive scope and narrative approach, it also marks an important stage in the account. It signals the end of the preliminary phase of Viaje a la Alcarria (the decision to travel, to which area, how to move around, and the excursion through and out of Madrid), which will now be succeeded by the description of the traveler enjoying the freedom of the open road as he makes his way into and thence around the Alcarria district.

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