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About the Author: Gonzalo Torrente Ballester

Although primarily a novelist, he also published journalism, essays, and plays. His career as a writer began in Oviedo, but developed largely in Madrid.

After moving around frequently in the later 1920s and early 1930s, including a period in Paris, he returned to Spain and linked himself to Franco's Falange party in order to save his own life and that of his family. His first novel, Javier Mariño, appeared in 1943, and he continued to publish novels almost until his death, receiving major prizes for some of them.

Despite his affiliation to the Falangists, Torrente Ballester always promoted relatively leftist ideas, and from 1939, when he returned to Santiago to take up a university post, he increasingly distanced himself from the party. He joined in protests in favour of striking Asturian miners in 1962, and was expelled from his teaching post at the university as a result. In the mid-1960s he had a number of problems with government censors.

He left Spain for a post at the State University of New York at Albany in 1966, and remained there until 1970. After his return to Spain, he was increasingly celebrated: In 1975 he was elected member of the Real Academia Española, and was awarded the premier Spanish literary prize, the Cervantes Prize, in 1985.

Immediately after his death a foundation was set up to protect, study and disseminate his work. The name of this foundation is Fundación Gonzalo Torrente Ballester and counts among its supporters the Royal House of Spain.


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Hardcover, Published in Jan 1970 by Ézaro

ISBN10: | ISBN13: 9788493749057

Page count: 92

Escrito por Torrente en 1978, El cuento de Sirena es una pequeña joya literaria que no desdice de ninguna de las grandes novelas de su autor.

El narrador de esta historia, que se corresponde con el autor, parte de la leyenda que recoge en su Nobiliario el conde de Barcelos para esbozar una versión actualizada de la leyenda de los Mariño. La Sirena no ha olvidado el compromiso de la satisfacción del tributo que esta familia tiene históricamente adquirido con ella. Y sigue dispuesta a reclamarlo, o al menos eso piensan todos.

Torrente Ballester utiliza una serie de datos y personas reales, como su primera esposa, Josefina Malvido y sus primos de Vilaxoán -él escribe Vilaxuán-, en un tiempo y lugares muy concretos, articulando un relato que oscila entre lo real y lo fantástico, sin salirse nunca del cauce de lo verosímil, indispensable para el interés de lo narrado.

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