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Poetry. Edited and translated from the Spanish by Donald Wellman, with an essay by Daniel Aguirre-Oteiza. Bilingual edition. The poetry of DESCRIPTION OF THE LIE (DESCRIPCIÓN DE LA MENTIRA) is rich in imagery drawn from the area of León where Gamoneda has lived most of his life and raised his family. The book presents a unique instance of the local serving as a liberating force, in all its richness and complexity. It embodies a truly national consciousness: loss, despair, compromise and recovery—aspects of Spain's tragic twentieth century history.
Antonio Gamoneda, Cervantes Prize 2006, born in Oviedo in 1931, experienced the cruelest hardships of social and political oppression under the Franco dictatorship as a boy and young man. DESCRIPTION OF THE LIE / DESCRIPCIÓN DE LA MENTIRA, first published in 1977, bares the heart and soul of a Spain just beginning to recover from the horrors of those years. Gamoneda's work is valued world-wide for the incisive and innovative language with which human experience finds the necessary words for grappling with its meaning. Author City: MADRID SPA