En Cejunta y Gamud (In Cejunta and Gamud)

ISBN: 978-84-934038-4-9
Big and Small Collection, number 5 / Spanish edition / 1st edition: June 2006 / 12 x 18 cm / 168 pages / bicoloured illustrations / hardcover with dust jacket / printed at Brizzolis, Madrid, Spain

These 57 fantastical short stories, written in the manner of Michaux or Cortázar, were first published in 1969. One could argue that these ideas have a certain kinship with surrealist texts, but they are definitely inspired by the kind of things that used to happen in villages not so long ago.

In the form of a grim chronicle, the fantastic traditions that have made these two neighbouring regions popular are described in the manner of the poets Michaux and Cortázar, authors who were close to the surrealist movement. This is the territory of myths: a brutal world full of magic and superstition. However, if one wishes to find an explanation for the origin of these 57 short stories, perhaps it is unnecessary to search for a disregarded tribe or a preexistent literary source; it is likely the answer is in the poetic evocation of the life the author discovered in various villages in Castilla. Things were more or less this way during the 30s and 40s, or least that is how they could seem to a child.

This book was published for the first time in 1969; since then, there have been other publications that reproduced the drawings of the author. This edition includes new images by the graphic designer Alejandro Magallanes, author of posters and illustrations for children’s books. He has not been to Gamud or Cejunta as a tourist because he lives in Mexico City, where, as we all know, the day is divided in minutes of tenderness and minutes of cannibalism.

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