Wednesday, September 5, 2012
During my holidays in Spain, I was reading some works of the Spanish writer: José Martínez Ruíz, also know as Azorín. He was born in Alicante (Spain) in 1873 and died in 1967, that's why he was the longest live of the writers of the Generation of 1898.
Azorín and Spanish general, dictator Franco
Next pictures show the book, 'Obras Selectas de Azorín'. It belonged to my grandfather, who was a Literature lover. He loved writing poems, reading and collecting masterpieces. It's funny as nobody taught him to write/read, he was a self-taught person, a worthy man, who was a shepherd in his youth, with great learning goals and ambitions.
On the picture, it reads, the first page of the novel 'La voluntad'. This is one belongs to an autobiographical trilogy. The main character is himself, using the pseudonym of 'Antonio Azorín'.
Antonio Azorin is a clever person however he is also an apathetic and indecisive man who is not able to sort out some things. That's why the novel is named 'La voluntad' ='The will', the willpower to do those kind of things, maybe useless things as well.
Next time, I would like to read 'Don Juan'. This character is a legendary subject whose story has been written by a lot of authors. 'Don Juan' is portrayed as a wealthy, handsome and seductive man who devotes his life to seducing women, taking great pride in his ability to seduce them of all ages and stations in life. Nowadays we use that expression as a synonymous for womanizer, especially in Spanish slang.