Journey to the Alcarria

The Nobel Prize-winning author, describes his experiences traveling through the Alcarria territory, northeast of Madrid, and shares his impressions of the people

Journey to the Alcarria

The Nobel Prize-winning author, describes his experiences traveling through the Alcarria territory, northeast of Madrid, and shares his impressions of the people

Literature of Travel and Exploration A to F

DAVID HENN References and Further Reading Cela , Camilo José , Las botas
de siete leguas : Viaje a la Alcarria , 1948 ; as Journey to the Alcarria , translated
by Frances M. López - Morillas , 1964 ; reprinted , 1990 . Cela , Camilo José , Del
 ...

Literature of Travel and Exploration  A to F

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Old Spain and New Spain

However , in an extensive review of five translations of Cela ' s works , including
Journey to the Alcarria , Sarah Kerr initially gives the impression that she has
fallen for the subtitle , referring to the Alcarria work as " a small travel sketch .

Old Spain and New Spain

This is the first, book-length study of the six travel narratives published by the 1989 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Preliminary chapters focus on technical and thematic aspects of travel-writing, and on the author's approach to the genre. Cela's travel works, which appeared between 1948 and 1986, are examined in turn, with a focus on the construction of the narratives and also on the themes that are developed in each of them. There is an assessment of the author's treatment of topographical, cultural, historical, and social material in his accounts of the journeys he made through various areas and regions of Spain, as well as a consideration of the way in which these narratives reflect changes taking place in Spain during the Franco regime and in the decade following the dictator's death. David Henn teaches modern Spanish fiction, drama, and travel literature at University College London.

An Inward Journey

But first I want to get to know the land that Camilo José Cela roamed in 1946, a
journey that he portrayed in the book Journey to the Alcarria. Actually, when I
started to read that book, twenty or thirty years ago, it didn't catch my imagination
at ...

An Inward Journey

THE STORY OF AN EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY BY CAMPER VAN THROUGH THE FORGOTTEN HEART OF SPAIN. Do I really know my own country? That's what I asked myself a year ago ... and the answer surprised me. Yes, I had been to many locations. I was very familiar with the outer edges of the peninsula, but the interior was a huge black hole pierced here and there by the lights of some city. So I set out to remedy it. I bought a van adapted as a home and I went to explore the interior of Spain. For eighty days I visited villages, castles, natural parks and archaeological sites, talked with people, researched a thousand stories and looked out into a world that was curiously familiar and, at the same time, completely unknown. The result is in your hands: an approach to the history, geography and present day realities of a country which is much larger, richer and more complex than we were ever told. A country that overflows with a rich heritage and an archaeological, historical and cultural wealth, full of amazing nooks and crannies, but also depopulated and lonely. A deeply beautiful country that is truly worth the effort of exploring in depth, getting lost in its innermost recesses and diving into its extraordinary past. Will you come with me on a voyage through this forgotten Spain?

Catalog of Copyright Entries Third Series

Garrigus, Ross H. Journey through school. Kraus, Philip E. Journey to Alpha
Centauri. Macvey, John W. Journey to Boston. Chase, Mary Ellen. Journey to
California. Bidwell, John. Journey to the Alcarria. Cela, Camilo Jose. Journey to
the ...

Catalog of Copyright Entries  Third Series

Includes Part 1, Number 1: Books and Pamphlets, Including Serials and Contributions to Periodicals (January - June)

While Wandering

... 204-8 Burroughs, John: The Exhilarations of the Road xix, 151 Burton, Richard:
Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to ... Camilo José Journey to the Alcarria 256
Céline, Louis-Ferdinand: Guignol's Band 191—3 Chatwin, Bruce xix, 373–4; ...

While Wandering

‘A book to start your heart and feet beating for the road’ The Times With its stories of strolling, poems about pavement-pounding and wonderings on wandering, this is the indispensable collection for the flâneur and the rambler – and everyone in between. Take a turn with Jane Austen, stride side by side with Colm Tóibín, let restless William Wordsworth lead you through brook and road before a detour with Stella Gibbons to the park.Whether mountaineering with Mark Twain or visiting Oxford Street with Julian Barnes – be sure to take this anthology with you on your ambulations. With a new foreword by Robert Macfarlane. Previously published with the title The Vintage Book of Walking

The North Dakota Quarterly

In this political climate of complete alienation , Cela wrote Journey to the Alcarria
. By alluding to Hemingway or to any foreign author in his book , Cela is making a
meek attempt to demonstrate Spanish receptivity to foreign ideas . Besides the ...

The North Dakota Quarterly


Barcelona and Its Surroundings

Journey to the Alcarria; The Family of Pascual Duarte, Camilo Jose Cela, Atlantic
Monthly Press Monsignor Quixote, ... Paul Coelho, Harper Collins Outdoors
Wildlife Traveling Companion: Spain, John Measures, The Crowood Press Wild ...

Barcelona and Its Surroundings

Geographically, CataluÑa, The region surrounding Barcelona, Is not unlike Spain as a whole. The soaring Pyrenees Mountains in the north separating Spain from France yield To The Mediterranean's Costa Brava in the east. Were it not For The ungainly resorts that have diminished its natural beauty since the 1960s, this "wild coast" would be the loveliest, if not the most extreme Mediterranean coast of the peninsula. Still, its features – the dark, jagged rock outcroppings, The foreboding cliffs And The general angriness of it all – have not been completely buried in concrete, just harnessed For The ease of our enjoyment. There are the remarkable ruins of EmpÍries to explore, vestiges of the Greeks And The Romans who were truly the first to develop this coast, and a few of its coastal towns – Cadaques comes to mind – were never wrecked. We have the Pyrenees to thank for saving Cadaques, since to reach it one must ascend and wind around the lower reaches of these mountains for 45 minutes (on good roads) before making the descent toward this, Salvador DalÍ­'s favored retreat. Developers tend to favor easier roads. Higher up in the Catalan Pyrenees, where the peaks top out at over 3,000 m (9,840 feet) and waterfalls cascade down their faces, there is more to be thankful for. A series of Romanesque churches, The product of CataluÑa's medieval golden age, when its counts allied with neighboring AragÓn to create a seafaring kingdom unrivaled in the Mediterranean at the time, are hidden in far flung valleys, set along crystalline streams away from the package tourists and even paved roads. With snowfall, The Catalan Pyrenees offer great cross-country and downhill skiing and, when it melts, great whitewater adventures. Throughout the year one can marvel at the secluded wilderness of the AigÜestortes National Park and wonder why they ever spent so much time in Barcelona. Barcelona is the stylistic capital of Spain, endowed with bold modernisme architecture, traditionally the seat of challenging art movements and, by and large, a truly modern, European city. To the west, The modest mountains surrounding the city, The champagne vineyards and beyond them the wild massif of holy Montserrat give way To The eastern realm of the barren plateau known as the Meseta, CataluÑa's driest and most desolate expanse. As the region narrows out toward the south near its border with Valencia, The delta of the RÍ­o Ebro, Spain's longest river, fosters wetlands that attract clouds of migratory birds. Here, As throughout the coastal regions of CataluÑa, The climate is strictly Mediterranean with generally mild winters and brutally humid and hot summers – a stark contrast To The dry air and snowy peaks of the Pyrenees. In its diverse landscapes CataluÑa certainly looks like Spain, even if it doesn't act like Spain. But by its own measure CataluÑa adds an element of sophistication and openness that serves to complement the rest of the country. Without it, Spain would have its wine, but no champagne. Barcelona is a city that immediately calls to mind great art and architecture (here one And The same), music, nightlife, walks, a great many things, As well as a great deal of misunderstanding. As a Catalan friend pointed out, "We are a complex people living in a thousand places at once." Such a maelstrom of commerce, culture and idealism is not easily correlated, often leaving visitors with the feeling that, while they may have seen a GaudÍ­ faÇade, they were never invited inside to see what was holding it up. Here is the most detailed guide to Barcelona And The CataluÑa region that surrounds it, loaded with maps, photos and complete information on where to stay, where to dine and what to see and do. Also included is an extensive general section on Spain as a whole. An excerpt from Hunter's Adventure Guide to Spain, which is 670 pa

Spain

... An Uncommon Guide, Penelope Casas, Knopf The Pilgrimage Road to
Santiago: The Complete Cultural Handbook, ... Don Quixote, Miguel de
Cervantes Journey to the Alcarria; The Family of Pascual Duarte, Camilo
Additional Reading ...

Spain


Between Hopes and Memories

masochism inherent in his mode of travel , expressed – in an edition of Journey
to the Alcarria intended for English schoolchildren – his concern that the young
English reader would have a sporting outlook on life and would confuse the art of
 ...

Between Hopes and Memories


New Statesman Society

Local history set down on paper the culture of a certain kind of peasant life as it
greets the urban traveller , perhaps in order to offer a realistic portrait of the rural
culture from which the city culture has JOURNEY TO THE ALCARRIA grown ,
and ...

New Statesman Society


Contemporary Authors

Camilo Jose Cela , Journey to the Alcarria : Travels through the Spanish
Countryside , University of Wisconsin Press , 1964 . Julian Marias , Miguel de
Unamuno , Harvard University Press , 1966 . Jaime Vicens Vives , An Economic
History of ...

Contemporary Authors


Current Biography Yearbook

In the first and most memorable of his travel books , Viaje a la Alcarria ( 1948 ;
translated as Journey to the Alcarria , 1964 ) , the solitary wanderer , an urban
sophisticate , travels mostly on foot through the rural region northeast of Madrid .

Current Biography Yearbook


New Europe

CAMILO JOSÉ CELA JOURNEY TO THE ALCARRIA WINNER OF THE NOBEL
PRIZE FOR LITERATURE ( RINTA IN JOURNEY TO THE ALCARRIA Camilo
José Cela In the summer of 1946 , seven years after the end of the Spanish Civil
War ...

New Europe


Granta 31

CAMILO JOSÉ CELA JOURNEY TO THE ALCARRIA WINNER OF THE NOBEL
PRIZE FOR LITERATURE JOURNEY TO THE ALCARRIA Camilo José Cela In
the summer of 1946 , seven years after the end of the Spanish Civil War , Camilo
 ...

Granta 31

Articles include a visit with General Alfredo Stroessner, an interview with Salman Rushdie, and part three of Jonathan Rabon's "New World"

The Georgia Review

One must know not only the history of one's country , but also its geography .
Hence Cela wrote a dozen travel books , from Viaje a la Alcarria ( Journey to the
Alcarria ) in 1948 to Nuevo viaje a la Alcarria ( New Journey to the Alcarria ) in
1986 ...

The Georgia Review


the Nobel Laureates of Literature an Olympic Gathering

Hence Cela wrote a dozen travel books, from Viaje a la Alcarria (Journey to the
Alcarria) in 1948 to Nuevo viaje a la Alcarria (New Journey to the Alcarria) in
1986, in which he practices the art of "loitering" and roams the Spanish
countryside, ...

the Nobel Laureates of Literature  an Olympic Gathering


The publishers weekly

Note how the contributors The examples presented here show how were
handled , at the top . some problems encountered in university Journey to the
Alcarria ( Figure 4 ) : This press jackets were approached by means of is a simple
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The publishers weekly


Modern Spanish and Portuguese Literatures

Jews , Moors , and Christians ( Judíos , moros y cristianos , 1956 ) Journey to the
Alcarria ( Viaje a la Alcarria , 1948 ) : Journey to the Alcarria ( Madison , Wisc . ,
1964 ) ministry of darkness 5 ( oficio de tinieblas 5 , 1973 ) Mrs . Caldwell Speaks
 ...

Modern Spanish and Portuguese Literatures

Explores in excerpts of criticism the works of some 80 twentieth- century authors writing in Spanish, Catalan, Galician, and Portuguese. Excerpts are chronologically organized under each author; authors (alphabetically arranged) are divided into two sections: Spain and Portugal. Excerpts themselves represent a variety of books: scholarly journals; general periodicals, and newspapers. Alkaline paper. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR