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The Family of Pascual Duarte

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The Family of Pascual Duarte (Spanish: La Familia de Pascual Duarte, pronounced [la faˈmilja ðe pasˈkwal ˈdwaɾte]) is a 1942 novel written by Spanish Nobel laureate Camilo José Cela. The first two editions created an uproar and in less than a year it was banned. A new Spanish edition was allowed in 1946. This novel is fundamental to the generation of tremendismo (named from tremendo, "awful, tremendous"), which focuses on the treatment of its characters and is marked by extended and frequent violent scenes. The novel is in fact considered the first novel of this style of writing, but also contains themes of extreme realism and existentialism: the characters live in the margins of society and their lives are submersed in anguish and pain; the archetype of this theme is found in the protagonist of the novel, Pascual Duarte, who has learned that violence is the only way to solve his problems. The Family of Pascual Duarte has various narrators, the main being Duarte, who recounts his history in a rural dialect. The protagonist is from Extremadura and his life unfolds between 1882 and 1937, years in which the social and political structures of Spain were marked by extreme instability. This time is one of the most agitated periods of time under the historic constitution. The novel has a clear religious theme, despite the author having never been devoted, and the references to God throughout it are numerous.
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original title: La familia de Pascual Duarte
language: Spanish
date of publication: 1942
genre: novel
narrative location: Spain

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