Ramon J. Sender's 'Cronica del alba'

Edited by Anthony Trippett

Ramon J. Sender's 'Cronica del alba'

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5674-1
  • Pages: 200
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £14.99
  • Published Date: February 2013
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Language / General, Language Texts, Language & Linguistics, Anthologies: general, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century, LITERARY COLLECTIONS / European / General, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: from c 1900 -
  • Series: Hispanic Texts


Crónica del alba is a novel by Sender with a Civil War background, like the popular Réquiem por un campesino español, also in this series. The author evokes his childhood in rural Aragón at the beginning of the twentieth century in a book which has a charm and something of the character of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The young Pepe fights to believe in himself as a hero in the face of a world, and a father bent on putting him down. He is supported by his girlfriend, Valentina, who believes in him implicitly and often ends up in as much trouble as him. But there is something more here than scrapes and mischief-making. It is written by an older and disillusioned Pepe who has known real heroism and is now detained in a prison camp for Spanish Civil War refugees in southern France. The novel raises challenging questions about the loss of hope, how people cope with disillusionment, and the place of writing in that process. Moreover, since the novel reflects Sender's own childhood it sheds light on the complex relationship of fact and fiction in autobiographical novels.


Anthony Trippett has developed , in short , a critical edition which combines scientific rigor and didactic approach to the reader.


The Spanish Civil War
Ramón Sender
Sender in Franco's Spain
A child's tale
.told by an adult
who is a character of fiction too
but bears an uncanny resemblance to the author
.not least as a writer
in exile (if not in Argelés)
.but why does he write
.about childhood?
Beyond autobiography: artistic elaboration in Crónica
Towards an interpretation
The main characters
Sender and his contemporaries
The history and geography of Aragón in Crónica
Works by Sender
Collections of Criticism devoted to Sender
Works on Sender
Other Works
Radio Programmes
The remaining novels of the series Crónica del alba
Selected vocabulary


Anthony Trippett is a retired Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Sheffield

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