Nationality: Spanish. Born: Barcelona, 26 July Career: Member of the Turia literary group, with Juan Goytisolo and others, Barcelona, ; visiting professor, Indiana University, Bloomington, , and University of Oklahoma, Norman, ; writer-in-residence, University of Virginia , Charlottesville, Lives in Barcelona.
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Nationality: Spanish. Born: Barcelona, 26 July Career: Member of the Turia literary group, with Juan Goytisolo and others, Barcelona, ; visiting professor, Indiana University, Bloomington, , and University of Oklahoma, Norman, ; writer-in-residence, University of Virginia , Charlottesville, Lives in Barcelona. Algunos muchachos y otros cuentos. Los mercaderes: Primera memoria. Jones; The World of Matute by M. Her social consciousness results from childhood experience of bombardments, hunger, factional violence, political and social terrorism, and religious persecution, combined with the discovery of rural poverty and social injustice during summers spent at her maternal grandparents' farm in the backward, mountainous countryside of Old Castile, a frequent setting for her stories.
Los Abel The Abel Family contains constants of much Matute fiction: the Cain-Abel archetype violence between brothers, symbolizing the Spanish Civil War , rural Castile's backwardness and misery, childhood and adolescence, rites of passage, divided families, solitary and alienated youth, and inept, frustrated, bitter adults.
Her early novella, Fiesta al noroeste Celebration in the Northwest , surprisingly mature and complex, investigates caciquismo rural political bossism and traditional Spanish social structure via the landlord's rambling confession of rape, near-incest, avarice, and betrayal. Conflict between idealism and materialism, another Matute constant, appears most clearly in her children's tales often recalling Hans Christian Andersen : El saltamontes verde The Green Grasshopper and Caballito loco Little Crazy Horse.
Termed prose poems by critics, these 21 brief tales portray misunderstood, rejected, rebellious, or unloved children at odds with the world, victims of their own imaginations. Many are sick, abnormal, or deformed, often treated with great cruelty or indifference.
The author's tender handling ranges from lyric indirectness to understated matter-of-factness, without separating fantasy from reality. Twelve possibly 14 sketches involve the deaths of children, due usually to psychological rather than physical causes, symbolizing the loss of innocence or passage to adulthood. When their only human warmth—their friendship—is threatened, they attempt to flee together but are run down by a train in the fog. Other tales often anthologized include "The Good Children," whose eight-year-old narrator is considered shocking and reprehensible until she learns the art of deception, and "Fausto," in which an orphan girl, forced by her grandfather to get rid of her sick cat, spontaneously establishes a parallel between the "useless" dead pet and the old man, auguring his demise.
Time existential being-toward-death is obsessive, and social elements loom large in this collection, with hunger, child labor , loneliness, and misery appearing repeatedly. Drunkenness, lonely old age, the importance of illusions, adolescent infatuation, first love, and lies that unexpectedly prove true are other repetitive themes. Others describe an illusion or its loss, an awakening, injustice, disappointment; the general tone is melancholic. Protagonists are usually children or adolescents, invalids or orphans, isolated, lonely, alienated, or rejected; the few adults are in unhappy relationships, unable to communicate, and burdened by guilt.
The relativity of wealth, connections between love and hate, and the total separation between the worlds of childhood and adulthood are major themes. Matute's stories evoke the atmosphere and structure of the folktale or combine realism with the marvelous and supernatural. El arrepentido The Repentant One lacks linking motifs or common setting; repentance is not important, although most stories concern something regrettable: socioeconomic injustice, the civil war, terminal illness, suicide, deceit, poverty, children victimized by juvenile gangs, peer pressure, egotism, stereotyping, and false charity.
The circus, traveling players, mountebanks, and the fascination of itinerant entertainers are frequent Matute motifs found here.
Deliberate juxtapositions of opposites life-death, joy-grief, lyricism-the grotesque create ironic and artistic effect. The unreal atmosphere evokes the world of fairy tales and fantasy, suggesting reason is incompatible with the magical childhood world. Algunos muchachos y otros cuentos The Heliotrope Wall and Other Stories features new elements making this collection a milestone in Matute's evolution.
Each tale highlights an epigraph, an enigmatic commentary on what follows. Most narrate a crime usually murder or arson motivated by hate, envy, or mixed emotions, recreated lyrically, vaguely, and allusively, barely hinting at violence.
Emotional background and climate, motivation, and characters' situation are nebulous, slightly out-of-focus, requiring a sophisticated reader. Fantastic and supernatural touches combine with realistic settings and down-to-earth personalities or characters of mythic dimensions.
Fragmentary technique and hallucinatory narrative suggest nightmares or drug-induced hallucination, constituting puzzles readers must reconstruct. Fantasy and social preoccupations, two extremes of Matute's writing, combine with familiar themes and heightened technical mastery in this most significant collection. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. May 26, Retrieved May 26, from Encyclopedia.
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Publications Short Stories Fiesta al noroeste novella. Los cuentos, Vagabundos. El tiempo. El arrepentido. Novels Los Abel. En esta tierra. Los hijos muertos. Los soldados lloran de noche. La trampa. A la mitad del camino. Olvidado rey Gudu. Diablo vuelve a casa. Paulina, el mundo, y las estrellas for children. El saltamontes verde: El aprendiz stories; for children. Caballito loco; Carnivalito stories; for children.
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His short stories are ranked among the best to emerge from Latin America. Benavente, Jacinto 12 August Carpentier y Valmont , Alejo. Palma, Clemente — Tusquets, Esther —. Matusow, Allen J oseph. Matuscsakne-Ronay, Ildiko —. Maturin, Charles Robert - Maturin, Basil William.
Maturidi, Al-? Mature Athletes. Matulaitis-Matulewicz, Jurgis, Bl. Matturro, Claire Hamner —. Mattuck, Israel I. Mattson, Kevin Mattson, Gary A. Mattox, Martha — Matute, Ana Maria —. Matuyama Motonori. Matveyev, Artamon Sergeyevich.
Matveyeva, Novella Niklayevna —. Matyas, Auguszta. Matz, Evelyn —. Matz, Israel. Matz, Peter. Matzenauer, Margaret — Matzenauer, Margarete.
Matzinger, Polly —. Matzpen Compass, in Hebrew. Mau Mau, Africa. Mau Re.
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