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  • ”JOR”

    by Cesar Campos

    “To make a man at the gates of paradise accept that he will not step on it, but that he will be able to collaborate so that others with his same merits enjoy what he is denied just because for some to enter, others have to be excluded, it is not an easy thing. If you also give him a choice, without giving him any guarantee that his moment is yet to come and that his selfless sacrifice will be assumed by another tomorrow, in the same way that he does today, there is something that you do not understand about the human condition, for very fond of humanity being at pyramidal scales. Because in these assemblies there are no curtains, no doors or walls. Training with reality, with the next ten or twelve years of your existence, was so crude, so avoidable, that asking to accept the price of John's freedom, perhaps made worse by the presence of his cohort of forty thieves from the collective illusion, it was little less than asking that the tales of the Arabian Nights be believed.

  • December 2020

    Amazonas con pincel

    by Victoria Combalía

    This book proposes a fascinating, clear and didactic journey through the life and work of women artists. Camille Claudel, Frida Kahlo or Dora Maar, among others, occupy the pages of this book illustrating a wide time period and their corresponding styles, from Impressionism to the 1940s of the 20th century.This work constitutes a corrected and enlarged part of Amazonas con brush, a book published in 2006. The texts seek a balance between the historical importance of the creators and the interest in their life, which sheds much light on the difficulties of being a woman and artist at the same time. For this reason, special attention has been paid to their working conditions, their success or neglect of their careers, and those who were able to encourage them or, on the contrary, silence them. They fought, like men, to express their vision of the world and renew artistic language, but in a social context far removed from equal opportunities. This book written by Victoria Combalía was in 2006 the first publication that was published in Spain focused on women artists.

  • La enfermera de Brunete

    by Manuel Maristany

    Brunete, summer 1937. In the assault on the Espolón hill, Javier de Montcada, a young man forced to participate in the civil war due to dramatic family circumstances, falls wounded in the battle of Brunete. The young soldier would have been riddled with bullets if Soledad , Duchess of Simancas, would not have donated her blood to him on the battlefield itself. After recovering from her injury in the military hospital in Salamanca, Soledad, married to the representative of the national side in the Vatican, seduces him in her pasture. Javier confesses his betrayal of his fiancée, Marie-Thérèse de Clermont, the young French woman whose family welcomed him and his mother after a tragic escape through the Pyrenees, in which his little brother was killed by the police. After learning that his father, a soldier who rebelled in Barcelona on July 18, had been shot, he swore revenge and enlisted in the Tercio de Montejurra. When he says goodbye to Soledad to return to the front, nothing makes Javier presage that the war still reserves a unpleasant news.

  • December 2020

    Musas, mecenas y amantes.

    Mujeres en torno al Surrealismo

    by Victoria Combalía

    What do these six women have in common, other than having lived in an extraordinary world and time? They are best known as companions to the male leads of their time - Man Ray, Max Ernst, Samuel Beckett, André Breton, T.S. Eliot or Jean Cocteau, among others - than for their own works. However, they were much more than a name in a caption or a beautiful face that adorned parties and literary salons.

  • Música contra los muros en el conflicto Árabe-Israelí

    by Ana Arambarri

    With an agile, precise and sustained style Música Contra los Muros explores the influence of music on the human being in extreme circumstances. Different choral voices immerse the reader in the geopolitical labyrinth of the Middle East and tell a true and little-known story: that of famous musicians who canceled all their commitments and voluntarily traveled to Israel to encourage their compatriots who were fighting at the front. Against this backdrop, suggestive narrative threads are woven: the passionate romance of the pianist Daniel Barenboim with the cellist Jacqueline du Pré during the Six Day War; the account of Israeli soldiers, whose voices were censored for forty years, forced to participate in a war in which they did not believe; or the torn lives of thousands of Palestinians who, since the occupation, lost the right to a decent and dignified life. Hand in hand with a narrative strategy that recalls the New Journalism that emerged in the sixties, a reconciliation proposal is offered: the case of the West-Eastern Divan orchestra, made up of Arab, Israeli and Palestinian musicians, shows that thanks to music, coexistence is possible. Edward Said, a Palestinian thinker and philosopher, asked himself: Who knows how far we are going to be able to change the thoughts and convictions of these young people thanks to music? The energy of this interrogation continues to challenge the possibilities of the present, while confirming the success of an experience as unusual as it is fascinating.

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