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Mazurka for Two Dead Men represents a culmination of the 1989 Nobel Prize winner Camilo Jose Cela's literary art. The novel was originally published in Spain in 1983 and is now presented in a fine translation by Patricia Haugaard. In 1936, at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, "Lionheart" Gamuzo is abducted and killed, an event recalled repeatedly by the widowed Adega, one of the several narrative voices. In 1939, when the war ends, Tanis Gamuzo avenges his brother. For both events, and for them only, the blind accordion player Gaudencio plays the same mazurka. Set in a backward rural community in Galicia (the author's home territory), Cela's creation is in many ways like a contrapuntal musical composition built with varying themes and moods. In alternately melancholy, humorous, lyrical, or coarse tones he portrays a reign of fools.
 

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Camilo Jose Cela, 1916 - 2002 Camilo Jose Cela was born on May 11, 1916 in Iria Flavia, district of Padron, Province of Coruiia. He is a Doctor Honorus Causa at Syracuse University in the U. S., Birmingham University in Britain, John F. Kennedy University in Argentina, Palma de Mallorca, Santiago de Compostela, the Interamericana University in Puerto Rico and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Cela is a former professor at the University de Mallorca and a member of the Real Academie Espanola, He is also a member of the Hispanic Society of America, the Society of Spanish and Spanish-American Studies and the Academie du Monde Latin. Cela is an honorary member of the Real Academie Gallega, the Real Academie de Buenas Litras, the Real Academie de Bellas Artes de San Sebastian, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the Cultural Institute Israel-Ibero-American, Spain and Portugal. Cela received an honorary postman position as well as an honorary doctorate in forensic medicine. He was a Senator by Royal appointment to the constituent assembly from 1977 to 1978. He is an Honorary Citizen of the State of Texas and founder and director of the journal, "Papeles de Son Arnedans" which ran from 1956 to 1979. Cela won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1989. His best known work is "La Familia de Pascual Duarte," published in 1942. Camilo Jose Cela died in 2002.
 
Published November 1, 1992 by New Directions. 312 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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at book's end, his killing is avenged by his brother, who tells the killer-and-about-to-be-victim: ```It's not me who's killing you, it's the law of the mountain, I cannot stand in the way of the law of the mountain.''' In Cela's world--an almost malevolently folkloric, eccentric, capacious one o...

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Winner of the 1989 Nobel Prize for literature, Cela ( The Family of Pascual Duarte ) garrulously conveys the impression that ``mankind is a hairy, gregarious beast, wearisome and devoted to miracles and happenings.'' The musical translation captures his lyricism and colloquial flavor.

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You go to bed with a woman and when a son, or maybe a daughter, is born - only to run off on you 15 years down the line with some tramp from Leon - the rain still falls upon the mountain as if nothing had happened.' The inhabitants of this damp landscape are grotesque characters whose intimate ...

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