Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, Camilo José Cela has long been .. más inmediato y directo, sea Viaje a la Alcarria”, escribió Camilo José Cela. Information on Journey to the Alcarria by Camilo José Cela. A famous travel book by Camilo José Cela where his offers his impressions Viaje a la Alcarria. Title: Viaje a LA Alcarria. Publisher: Espasa-Calpe SA, España. Publication Date: Binding: Rustica. Book Condition: Como Nuevo. About this title.

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Journey to the Alcarria: Travels through the Spanish Countryside by Camilo José Cela

This section provides alcafria to all the contents in a personalised way, according to your own particular interests and socio-demographic profile. And while it’s told in third person, Cela states in the preface that he’s aiming for a kind of literary realism akin to ‘geography’ based precisely on his time in the Alcarria, so we’re getting a similar ontological conviction to zlcarria of Lerner’s.

En Cela, no faltan, sin embargo, la ternura, la luz y el abejorro que provoca la sonrisa del hambriento.

Original title Viaje a la Alcarria. Alcarria is a natural region of New Castile with unclear boundaries. En aquel vergel rural saqueado por la voracidad de las guerras, el antagonista se viste de miseria, fealdad y sufrimiento. His observations were like a snapshot of the time and place.

People were often trying to guess what he was doing there traveling salesman? He remains mostly an onlooker and we do not even learn why has he set out on such a voyage or why has he chosen la Alcarria. After I finished the book, I found out that he had written this book shortly after the second World War and Spanish civil war in an attempt to capture a part of Spain that was starting to disappear. He met all kinds of people along the way and shared his food, drink and tobacco with fellow travellers, tramps and beggars.


The traveler meets vije townfolk, animals, stops to drink, smoke, and nap a lot. Cela had the ability to capture the misery and sordidness of the difficult years in Spain in the prolonged postwar post civil war and post WW2 period. Cela prefaces Journey to the Alcarria with a letter to Gregorio Maranon, to whom he dedicates the book.

So I’ll take it as a sort of provincial cousin to novels in the ‘flaneur’ tradition see this great LARB essay: Studied in Spanish caamilo IB around He made a rule to stay only one night in each place, not planning his itinerary in advance, but deciding each day which direction to take.

Written in the third person, the book tells us nothing about its traveler’s clea, his political views, or much else; the family that he mentions in the first chapter are not given names or personalities, they are left behind as Cela sets out and not mentioned again. Refresh and try again. The region is high, rocky, and dry, and is famous for its honey.

En este peculiar libro Cela escribe como dios, parco en palabras, pero claro y directo. Return to Book Page. Found a copy online HERE!

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These vignettes are narrated in a fresh, clear prose that is wonderfully evocative. Traveling by foot and by donkey through this little-known region of Spain in the summer ofthe author provides a wealth of incident and detail. Along the way he stops in some towns and thinks, cailo lonesome travelers are sometimes inclined, that he could live out his days there. Uncrowded, it is picturesque and rugged, well watered and fertile in the valleys.


Cela wanders from village to village through some beautiful and often desolate land. It is interesting, but knowing little of the area or really of Spain in general, I couldn’t really relate to it. Very quiet book of observations and descriptions during a trek through the Spanish countryside in the mids.

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Journey to the Alcarria: Travels through the Spanish Countryside

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To ask other readers questions about Journey to the Alcarriaplease sign up. Pero los motes, los prejuicios alcafria los de los pueblos vecinos, el aplastante peso de los oropeles pasados que ahoga la idea de cambiar las cosas, de reivindicar lo propio frente a los razonamientos de los que mandan en la distancia It is a gloomy, dark town that seems to have no business being surrounded by green fields.