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Summary Article: Espriu (i Castelló), Salvador
from Chambers Biographical Dictionary


Catalan writer

He was born in Santa Coloma de Farners and raised and educated in Barcelona, where he studied and practised law. An extensive range of writings began with Israel (1929), published when he was sixteen. Aspectes (1934, Aspects), a short-story collection, introduced his alter ego, Salom de Sinera, who would reappear in later works. Other works include Ariadna al laberint grotesc (1935, Ariadna in the Grotesque Labyrinth), a collection of literary sketches, ballads and anecdotal accounts, the novel Miratge a Citerea (1935, Mirage at Citerea) and numerous works for the stage. In 1946 he published his first collection of existentialist and minimalist verse, Cementiri de Sinera (1946, Sinera's Cemetery), in Catalan. Other verse collections include Les cançons d'Ariadna (1949, The Songs of Ariadna), Obra lírica (1952, Lyrical Work), El caminant i el mur (1954, The Wayfarer and the Wall) and La pell de brau (1960, The Bull-Hide), a popular series of poems concerning Catalan life. He won numerous awards, including the Montaigne prize in 1971, and was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize.

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