La colmena

La colmena❰Read❯ ➵ La colmena Author Camilo José Cela – Bluevapours.co.uk La estructura externa est compuesta de seis cap tulos y un ep logo Cada cap tulo consta de un n mero variable de secuencias de corta extensi n, que desarrollan episodios que est n mezclados con otros La estructura externa est compuesta de seis cap tulos y un ep logo Cada cap tulo consta de un n mero variable de secuencias de corta extensi n, que desarrollan episodios que est n mezclados con otros que ocurren simult neamente De esta manera el argumento se rompe en multitud de peque as an cdotas Lo importante es la suma de las mismas, que conforma un conjunto de vidas cruzadas, como las celdas de una colmenaEl marco espacio temporal es muy preciso Madrid en unos d as del a o , en plena posguerra La historia se basa en un espacio novelesco reducido pero con bastantes personajes que intervienen poco en el transcurso de la obra y dan una visi n social coral De entre los trescientos personajes que aparecen, escasean tanto los de las clases m s acomodadas como los de la clase obrera y sectores marginados, predominando la clase media baja, la peque a burgues a venida a menos, cuyas ilusiones y proyectos de futuro son enga osos y cuyas miradas jam s descubren horizontes nuevos , en una vida relatada como una ma ana eternamente repetida La novela aparece como primera parte de una serie que hab a de llevar el t tulo de Caminos inciertosLa voluntad de reflejar con exactitud la realidad no supone la absoluta neutralidad del autor, que interviene de dos formas contradictorias En la mayor a de los casos utiliza la t cnica objetivista, es decir, se limita a mostrar, a describir desde fuera, sin penetrar en el interior de los personajes Otras veces, sin embargo, adopta una actitud omnisciente y comenta con iron a las actitudes de los personajes.

Camilo Jos Cela Trulock was a Spaniard writer from Galicia Prolific author as a novelist, journalist, essayist, literary magazine editor, lecturer , he was a member of the Royal Spanish Academy for years and won, among others, the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature in , the Nobel Prize for Literature in for a rich and intensive prose, which with restrained compassion forms a challenging vision of man s vulnerability and the Cervantes Prize in In King Juan Carlos I granted him, for his literary merits, the title Marquis of Iria FlaviaHis son, Camilo Jos Cela Conde is also a writerSee also.

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  1. Vit Babenco says:

    Community of bees and city of humans can there be anything in common The morning unfolds slowly it creeps like a caterpillar over the hearts of the men and women in the city it beats, almost caressingly, against the newly wakened eyes, eyes which never once discover new horizons, new landscapes, new settings And yet, this morning, this eternally repeated morning, has its little game changing the face of the city, of that tomb, that greased pole, that hive The city is the hive where its dwell Community of bees and city of humans can there be anything in common The morning unfolds slowly it creeps like a caterpillar over the hearts of the men and women in the city it beats, almost caressingly, against the newly wakened eyes, eyes which never once discover new horizons, new landscapes, new settings And yet, this morning, this eternally repeated morning, has its little game changing the face of the city, of that tomb, that greased pole, that hive The city is the hive where its dwellers swarm similar to bees trying to survive, succeed, prosper The city is the tomb where its denizens suffocate helplessly trying to escape Brutal poverty and celestial poetry, pure love and scabrous lechery, crepuscular wishes and fiery desires the contrasts reign over human minds This is life Martin walks down the long lanes of the cemetery Sitting at the door of the chapel, the priest is immersed in a Wild West story The sparrows are chirping in the mild December sun, they hop from one cross to the next and swing on the bare branches of the trees A very young girl rides a bicycle down a path in her immature voice she sings a gay song hit Everything else is gentle silence, welcome silence Martin has an ineffable sense of well being.The human hive is overwhelmed with the anguish and hopes of the living And the anguish is thick like honey and hopes are sweet

  2. Jay says:

    I first learned about Camilo Jos Cela in my salad days, in Spain He was a towering figure complex and theatrical noted one biographer whose literary production works like La familia de Pascal Duarte and La colmena represented significant milestones in post war Spanish literature His membership in the Real Academia Espa ola and his involvement with the journal, Papeles de Son Armadans, which often featured authors not always sympathetic to the Franco dictatorship, only added to his stature I first learned about Camilo Jos Cela in my salad days, in Spain He was a towering figure complex and theatrical noted one biographer whose literary production works like La familia de Pascal Duarte and La colmena represented significant milestones in post war Spanish literature His membership in the Real Academia Espa ola and his involvement with the journal, Papeles de Son Armadans, which often featured authors not always sympathetic to the Franco dictatorship, only added to his stature among many La colmena The Hive was one of those novels that I had failed to read in its entirety during my time in Spain during the 1960s, in part because sections of the novel were filled with the colloquial speech of the mid XX Century a vocabulary quite difficult for a non native speaker Time passed, but the novel remained for me something that I felt compelled to return to read again After Cela received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1989, I tracked down an English translation of La colmena and shelved it on my bookcase with the full intention of re reading it as well as at least some of Cela sinfluential works.The novel is substantial and innovative Structurally, Cela organized his work into six chapters that cover two consecutive days and an epilogue covering a third Each chapter, in turn, consists of a number of interlinked vignettes some 215 in total that scroll through the actions of over 300 characters With La colmena, Cela initiated a novelistic style identified as objectivismo a written cinematic montage that, in essence, is a type of documentary realism In effect, the central personage of the novel is the city of Madrid the hive whose character or personality is forged by the collectivity that is, the over 300 people or bees who pass through the pages of the work Seen from that context, the biographies of the individuals are fragmented We see them in the moment but, in most cases, know little about them either before or after the three days framed by the novelist Most are left suspended by the end of the epilogue Even Mart n Marco, whom Cela considered an indispensable character of the novel , is left in limbo.An additional complexity to the work is the organization of the six chapters They are not sequential in regard to the documented time Chapters 1, 2 and 4 cover day one sequentially chapters 3, 5 and 6 cover the second day But the latter three are themselves not normally sequenced in regard to time Chapter 3 covers the afternoon of the second day, chapter 5 covers the evening of the second day and chapter 6 covers the morning of the second day The epilogue takes place two or three days after the end of time covered in chapter 5.Apart its structural or technical innovation, it is also a perceptive snapshot of Spanish society during three December days in Madrid in or around the year 1943, after the end of the Spanish Civil War That society is in clear crisis economically strained, desolate, malnourished and morally conflicted.The Spanish Civil War tore at the very roots of civil society from Galicia in the northwest of the peninsula through Castilla in the center, Catalu a in the northeast and into Andaluc a, in the south There was not a part of the Spains that remained at the margins And the Nationalists, in victory, did retaliate Particularly in its early years, the Franco dictatorship was vindictive and harsh The society that Cela creates in La colmena lives in the wake of that war and its aftermath, submerged in political suppression But if the hive is in crisis, it is not immobile, it is not stagnant, it is not without productive options.It is important to point out that Cela fought for the Nationalists and that he long remained supportive of the Franco regime In the post Franco years, Cela did not enjoy unconditional support from all segments of the social or intellectual spectrum An attempt to understand La colmena as an indictment of the Franco regime is off course That the novel was banned in Spain until its fifth edition in 1963 was, arguably, for what the conservative Roman Catholic Church saw as its sexual depravities and not primarily related to any implicit political commentary Prostitution, pre marital sex and marital infidelity engaged the bees in the hive and those activities were what most disturbed the deeply conservative Catholic censors.Cela etched a society in crisis But many of the bees in the hive were, if anything, industrious In a war torn world, the society that passes before the reader over three days in December 1943 was populated with people of flesh and blood who had the capacity to survive and in that survival could begin to lay the foundations for the Spain of the late XX and the early XXI Centuries.Cela s La colmena is a snapshot of Madrid in a specific time and in a specific space It is a snapshot of the people who inhabited that time and that space who sowed the seeds of the hive s regeneration and redemption How else to understand the final paragraph of chapter 6 The morning unfolds slowly it creeps like a caterpillar over the hearts of the men and women in the city it beats, almost caressingly, agents the newly wakened eyes, eyes which never once discover new horizons, new landscapes, new settings And yet, this morning, this eternally repeated morning, has its little game changing the face of the city, of that tomb, that greased pole, that hive May God have mercy on us all One final thought Cela ends the novel with any number of unsolved histories Who murdered Do a Margot What will become of the Gonzalez family Will Victoria and Paco survive But perhaps the greater mystery seems to center on Mart n Marco We never do learn what his family and friends read in the newspaper about him We never do learn what seems to threaten his future Is it tied up with his lost identity card Does he have some connection to the murder of Do a Margot Is it related to his emotional instability Have his politics placed him at odds with the regime But I have come to suspect that we are focusing on the wrong issue if it is seeking an answer about Mart n s situation Rather, Mart n is the final confirmation of the hope that is rooted in the hive He ends his time with us energized, optimistic, confident And like Spanish society as a whole, that energy is confirmation of his eventual salvation That is Cela s message to us from the social crisis of December 1943

  3. Cristian Mihai says:

    Camilo Jose Cela once said, I m translated what can I do about it in every language, and I have never received an award Of course, he was being his usual self, witty and a bit arrogant, because he did receive awards Virtually every single award he was entitled to The Nobel Prize, Cervantes, Premio de Principe Asturias, and many .A very controversial figure, especially during his latter years, Cela has never been afraid to experiment with his stories The Hive, his masterpiece, introd Camilo Jose Cela once said, I m translated what can I do about it in every language, and I have never received an award Of course, he was being his usual self, witty and a bit arrogant, because he did receive awards Virtually every single award he was entitled to The Nobel Prize, Cervantes, Premio de Principe Asturias, and many .A very controversial figure, especially during his latter years, Cela has never been afraid to experiment with his stories The Hive, his masterpiece, introduces the reader to Spain during Franco s regime, to a world rendered with uncanny precision There are no heroes, no villains, nothing extraordinary happening It s just life, and the realism, the mundane is shockingly powerful in this novel.There are 296 imaginary characters and 50 real characters in this novel, their stories interlocked through a series of vignettes The power of his novel is offered by the inexorable truth of life just happening people try to live their lives, to obtain what they desire most, and somewhere below this surface is the poignant message that Cela truly wished to deliver life under a dictatorship tends to reach a certain quixotic nature.The Hive is funny, sad, tragic, romantic, and violent The Hive tells the story of an entire array of unique characters, all of them struggling to find their meaning in a world filled with others doing the same

  4. John Farebrother says:

    I love this book so much I ve read it three times I bought it by chance, as I was looking for quality Spanish prose in order to improve my knowledge of the language, and it was recommended to me It was just what I was looking for lovely classic prose, with a large serving of colloquial speech But it sthan that, it takes you back into the world of post Civil War Madrid, with the fascists in power, and the outcome of WWII still uncertain But it s the world of ordinary Madriders that is I love this book so much I ve read it three times I bought it by chance, as I was looking for quality Spanish prose in order to improve my knowledge of the language, and it was recommended to me It was just what I was looking for lovely classic prose, with a large serving of colloquial speech But it sthan that, it takes you back into the world of post Civil War Madrid, with the fascists in power, and the outcome of WWII still uncertain But it s the world of ordinary Madriders that is explored here, from rural paupers who have moved to the big city in hope of making a living if not a life for themselves, to the moneyed haves who are empowered to prey upon them All observed from that central institution of the eponymous Hive, a caf run by a fearsome queen bee A caf through which all and sundry must pass at some time or another in Spain, regardless of what is happening in the wider world As such it is an important social document, a historical record by a seasoned people watcher but it is also a fascinating tale, as the multiple personal stories are pursued on their complex paths, sometimes tragic, sometimes comic A thousand individual dreams and aspirations, that together make up the mass of humanity that is every city

  5. Chris says:

    I taught English in Madrid for three years starting in about 2004 and on probably the first or second day of my first class I asked my students to recommend me a good Spanish novel Almost unanimously they responded that La Colmena or The Hive in English was the best Spanish novel of the 20th century I couldn t wait to read it and start digging my teeth into the Spanish culture, particularly the Franco Era, which was something I was curious about and really eager to learnMy Spanish I taught English in Madrid for three years starting in about 2004 and on probably the first or second day of my first class I asked my students to recommend me a good Spanish novel Almost unanimously they responded that La Colmena or The Hive in English was the best Spanish novel of the 20th century I couldn t wait to read it and start digging my teeth into the Spanish culture, particularly the Franco Era, which was something I was curious about and really eager to learnMy Spanish was really minimal at the time but I was able to find an amazing copy in English It was one of the best novels I ve ever read, hands down I loved and laughed at the authentic characters the heavyset waitress always smoking and cursing and banging her rear end into tables, the poets, bankers, money lenders, the out of work who borrow cigarettes or change for a caf con leche, a greater panoptic vision of 1940 s Spain could hardly be imagined And Cela throws you right into the center of the action by placing this darkly comical narrative in present tense It s an amazing, innovative novel that all takes place at the Caf Comercial in Madrid worth a visit if you re ever in the city And bring along a copy of La Colmena You won t regret it

  6. Sera says:

    I loved Cela s style His sentences are full of affection for people Stories of hundreds of characters intertwine in this mosaic novel Scenes from lives in Spain are not only snapshots It is one of those books that you may find eternity in a moment.

  7. Lucas says:

    A triumph of form If anything, La colmena is a showcase of talent by a writer set to impress and to make sense of a world in ruins It is impressive It is made to be so La colmena feels like a novel, but it would be better to describe it as a living document Cela composes his document with brief vignettes of mid class life in Madrid, a capital as any other in post war Europe The vignettes are deliciously organic and they connect with each other vaguely, creating a web of characters and situ A triumph of form If anything, La colmena is a showcase of talent by a writer set to impress and to make sense of a world in ruins It is impressive It is made to be so La colmena feels like a novel, but it would be better to describe it as a living document Cela composes his document with brief vignettes of mid class life in Madrid, a capital as any other in post war Europe The vignettes are deliciously organic and they connect with each other vaguely, creating a web of characters and situations that feel like a crowded street Sometimes they are not connected at all as readers we are obsessed with connections and see hints where there aren t Sometimes there are hints.And yet I can t say I found it the masterpiece it clearly wants to be La colmena runs out of steam for long passages To put it in a way, it peaks too early I find the first chapter, first fifty pages or so, to be some of the best literature in Spanish of last century The crowded atmosphere, the effortless dialogues, few sequences are as captivating as this one You feel part of this beehive After that first chapter, La colmena loses somehow that sense of space It meanders I can t say I m sold into the last chapter either It works like a epilogue that brings things together, perhaps too artificially, like a regular novel, forsaking the organic qualities of the previous episodes.At its best nonetheless, La colmena emulates the urban feels of Joyce, to name one Although meandering, this is an evocative work worthy of a read

  8. Aitziber says:

    La Colmena The Hive in English could easily be compared to a puzzle The story, told in six chapters and an epilogue, is not told chrnologically one of the features that quickly endears me to a book and the cast of 160 something characters all belong to roughly the same social circle, despite belonging to different social classes It is now up to a dedicated reader to create the multi branched cast tree for the uninitiated to jump in.Despite being born in Spain, my knowledge of Spanish Liter La Colmena The Hive in English could easily be compared to a puzzle The story, told in six chapters and an epilogue, is not told chrnologically one of the features that quickly endears me to a book and the cast of 160 something characters all belong to roughly the same social circle, despite belonging to different social classes It is now up to a dedicated reader to create the multi branched cast tree for the uninitiated to jump in.Despite being born in Spain, my knowledge of Spanish Literature is rather scarce, compared to Literature in English As part of an assignment, I ve sought to correct this partially by reading La Colmena This novel comes up in discussions about Ulysses, Manhattan Transfer, Berlin Alexanderplatz and Le Sursis, because they all have their corresponding cities as the subject La Colmena, specifically, centers about the city of Madrid in December of 1942, when dictator Francisco Franco had been in power for three years, and citizens believed it would be better for them if Hitler allied with Franco won World War II But the novel is hardly about Hitler sympathizers, and instead most of it revolves about how hard it was, for most of the citizens, to have enough to eat and a place to sleep Women prostitute themselves to those who the Spanish Civil War found to be the victors, either because they fool themselves that it s love, because they have nowhere else to turn to, or because they need money to save the men they actually love Men and children beg for money, and invariably know someone with tuberculosis apparently, a whooping 10% of the Spanish population those days was sick with this disease The character at the center of this misery is Mart n Marco, who considers himself an artist and has no job to speak of He begs here and there, eats at his married sister s place, sleeps at another friend s place, sometimes a madame friend will allow him to platonically share a bed with one of her girls for the nightMart n, like many then, is at risk because his identification papers mark him as an undesirable, a jobless vagrant Something like that would soon land you in the newspapers, in the wanted section All in all, if fanciful stylings are not your thing you heathen , La Colmena also provides the reader with a stark portrait of post Civil War Spain

  9. Makenzie says:

    I had heard that this book was both confusing and boring, but I loved it It has a lot of characters my copy says almost 300 , and skips from one to the other, making flipping through the book to remind yourself of who a certain character is necessary fairly often, or at least it was for me I knew it was going to be this way going into it, so it didn t bother me much Cela is a master of his craft, though, and even though I do not like marking my books, there were many passages that I though I had heard that this book was both confusing and boring, but I loved it It has a lot of characters my copy says almost 300 , and skips from one to the other, making flipping through the book to remind yourself of who a certain character is necessary fairly often, or at least it was for me I knew it was going to be this way going into it, so it didn t bother me much Cela is a master of his craft, though, and even though I do not like marking my books, there were many passages that I thought about underlining to go back to them later I was also amazed at a lot of the subjects touched on in this book I am not at all surprised that it took Cela over ten years to get it past the censors in his native Spain It was originally published in Argentina in 1951I would highly recommend this book, keeping in mind that it is a very complicated book If you re looking for a simpler read by this author, try La familia de Pascual Duarte, which is also excellent

  10. Nikos79 says:

    The setting in The Hive is Madrid, Spain in early 40 s After the Spanish civil war and during WW2, this is a fine portrait of Spanish society There is no specific plot, nor a main hero The main hero I guess is Madrid itself through the everyday life of its people Decades of characters starring within the lines of this book, most of them belong to low class and some in middle class I think it s a clear and honest reading and probably very realistic one, clearly a social novel, while the po The setting in The Hive is Madrid, Spain in early 40 s After the Spanish civil war and during WW2, this is a fine portrait of Spanish society There is no specific plot, nor a main hero The main hero I guess is Madrid itself through the everyday life of its people Decades of characters starring within the lines of this book, most of them belong to low class and some in middle class I think it s a clear and honest reading and probably very realistic one, clearly a social novel, while the political background is absent Although someone can soon realize that the whole thing is not gonna end up somewhere, it is interesting and makes you curious all this spying of ordinary peoples life Good reading but like his other book I have read in the past, Cela didn t impress me that much

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