The Family of Pascual Duarte (Spanish: La Familia de Pascual Duarte) is a novel written by Spanish Nobel laureate Camilo José Cela. CAMILO JOSE CELA AND “LA FAMILIA DE PASCUAL DUARTE”. DAVID M. FELDMAN. Princeton University. La familia de Pascual Duarte1 occupies. Complete summary of Camilo José Cela’s The Family of Pascual Duarte. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Family of Pascual Duarte.

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The Family of Pascual Duarte is the story of Pascual Duarte—a Spanish peasant born into a brutal world of poverty, hatred, and depravity—as told familiaa his prison cell, where he awaits execution for the murders he’s committed throughout his lifetime. The bitch went on peering at me with a fixed stare, as if she had never seen me before, as if she were on the point of accusing me of something terrible at any moment, and her scrutiny roused the blood in my veins to such a pitch that I knew the moment was near when I would have to give in.

The bitch’s blood was dark and sticky and it spread slowly along the dry earth. Write a customer review. I understand the importance of Camilo Jose Cela’s work, but this book just left me with such a bad taste in my mouth. The reader would have none familiw the usual markers on which to base an expectation of what kind of book he or she is starting.

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It was hot, the heat was stifling, and my eyes began to close under the animal’s stare, which was as sharp as flint. His life takes place in a poor, rural environment, in harsh surroundings.


Want to Read saving…. Complete ignorance, abject poverty and spiritual misery in every nook and cranny of the souls of most of the characters, not only Pascual. No trivia or quizzes yet. I also contemplated the possibility that he was actually schizophrenic, and therefore of diminished moral responsibility, but there is actually little evidence that this is the case, so to me he is simply evil.

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As aforementioned, the book could be said to explore a Spanish version of Existentialism: Let’s also assume that this person has a wide knowledge of genre fiction as well as so-called literary fiction. A man of impulse and no conscience. She was in love with Pascual even before he married Lola.

Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing Spanish-language text. He claims, amongst other things, that Fate is controlling his life and whatever he does nothing will ever change. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Would anybody like to tell? After Franco died and things loosened up, he loved to stir up trouble and scandal. Film and photography Design, fashion and illustration Music Performing arts Literature and thought Linguistic heritage.

He spent his entire writing life in Spain, through the whole Franco era, and found a way to shadowbox through everything. He leaves a number of corpses behind him in this book, and his next-to-last murderous act constitutes a very specific abomination. He has no illusions about his nature:. The novel has various narrators, the main being Pascual Duarte, who recounts his history in a rural dialect. Interactive map All cultural resources at a glance. A man hates, hates profoundly, ferociously, and he unclasps a knife.

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But don’t let the book’s literary reputation fool you. He explodes when the anger inside is too much. To ask other readers questions about La familia de Pascual Duarteplease sign up. If you continue to browse or re-access the portal again without dkarte your configuration, we consider that you accept to receive cookies on this site.

La familia de Pascual Duarte by Camilo José Cela (1 star ratings)

Is it any wonder that some people, for whatever reason, simply don’t fit in? Sometimes, even without wanting to. I am just rating it so low because I hated famulia. There is misery everywhere, in every paragraph and every page. Well, it’s about a man, Pascual Duarte, who tells us his tale in terse, blunt prose. Refresh and try again.

His autobiographical tale shows some of the tremendously harsh peasant reality of rural Spain up to the beginning of the Franco regime.

That’s when I’d come clean.

I have found the theme and the setting utterly depressing, an example of the particular brand of truculent Spanish realism termed “miserabilism” or “tremendismo”.