Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Culture

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See also: media; press


Further reading

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Mateo, R. de and Corbella, J.M. (1992) ‘Spain’, in B.S.Østergaard (ed.) The Media, in Western Europe, London: Sage (a useful guide to the media in Spain in general, though its coverage of individual newspapers is rather slim).

HUGH O’DONNELL


Vargas, Rafael

b. 1959, Barcelona

Photographer

Rafael Vargas’ works are often conceived as works of art in their own right, following to some extent the direction taken by Joan Fontcuberta. Vargas generally uses colour and creates a theatrical setting for his models, in which the elements of the decor help to define their characters, their ‘story’. He is also a very experienced architectural photographer, particularly attracted to townscapes. Enlargements on a huge scale of three of his photographs depicting the city by night were used by the architect Alfredo Arribas in his work ‘Gran Velvet’. These images, 12 metres in length, are remarkable for their abstract, schematic elegance and represent a novel use of photography.

MIHAIL MOLDOVEANU


Vaz de Soto, José María

b. 1938, Paymogo (Huelva)

Novelist

Since his first novel, Hell and the Breeze (El infierno y la brisa), Vaz de Soto’s narrative has been characterized by the autobiographical exploration of the historic conditions that traumatized those who were children during the Spanish Civil War. This novel was made into a film by José María Gutiérrez with the title ¡Viva Hazaña!. The dialectic analysis of a repressive Spanish society is the leitmotif of the tetralogy Diálogos del anochecer (Dialogues at Dusk). Fabián and Sabas (originally two novels), and Late Night Dialogues (Diálogos de alta noche). Vaz de Soto is a follower of Pío Baroja in the vitality of his dialogue, directness, ironic tone and the use of many digressions.


Further reading

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Ortega, J. (1980) ‘Educación, represión y frustración en la narrativa de José María Vaz de Soto’, Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos 363: 579-89.

JOSÉ ORTEGA


Vázquez Montalbán, Manuel

b. 1939, Barcelona

Writer

Vázquez Montalban is one of the most prolific, and at the same time, most highly regarded writers in contemporary Spain. Though he has cultivated ‘popular’ genres like detective fiction, he has done so at a level of complexity and sophistication which takes his novels beyond the conventions of the crime mystery and turns them into a sharp-edged and witty commentary on contemporary society. Perhaps his best-known work is the series of novels featuring the detective Pepe Carvalho, where the interest focuses less on solving the crime than on Carvalho’s observations on the society he sees around him.

A former member of the Catalan United Socialist Party (the communist PSUC), Vázquez Montalban began his writing career as a journalist in the 1960s. His varied output, embracing novels, essays, books on gastronomy and political memoirs, has won him various prizes. His novel Los mares del sur (South Seas) (1979) won the Planeta Prize, Galíndez won the Europa Prize in 1992, and El estrangulador (The Strangler) (1995) the Critics’ Prize. His work as a whole was honoured by the award of the National Literature Prize in 1995.

See also: literature; novel

EAMONN RODGERS

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction x
  • Acknowledgments xii
  • Structure xiii
  • Architecture xiv
  • A 1
  • Further Reading 7
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