Carmen de Burgos

Three novellas: Confidencias, La mujer fría and Puñal de claveles

Edited by Abigail Lee Six

Carmen de Burgos

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9778-6
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: May 2016
  • BIC Category: Portugal, Literature: history & criticism, Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900, Literature, Spain, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / Spanish & Portuguese, Society & social sciences / Gender studies: women, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900


Carmen de Burgos (1867-1932), an influential journalist, socio-political activist, and a key literary figure in the cultural ferment of pre-war Madrid, is currently being rediscovered, having languished in a long and regrettable oblivion during the Franco years. This scholarly edition of three stories by de Burgos includes the unabridged texts, vocabulary, notes, chronology, bibliography, 'temas de debate y discusión', and a critical introduction. Confidencias is the fictional diary of a young woman, describing her first adulterous relationship and exploiting the narratological possibilities of the diary form. La mujer fría is a vampire story featuring perhaps the very first pitiable vampire, or at least one of the earliest examples of this type, whilst ingeniously maintaining undecidability as to whether the protagonist is supernatural. Puñal de claveles narrates a wedding-day elopement. Inspired by the real-life 'Crimen de Níjar', Federico García Lorca drew on both stories for his Bodas de sangre.

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