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4-5 June 2021


At the beginning of the nineteen-fifties, Miguel Delibes referred to Camilo José Cela as a ‘great writer of no genre, an author of prose, who works with words and style with a skill to which we were not accustomed to in Spain.’ This seminar, Camilo José Cela: the Word and the Image, begins with that conviction and from there, delves into Cela’s narrative—stories, quintessentially Spanish notes, travel books, pseudoemblematic tales, photo stories, kaleidoscopes, even novels—which dialogs with painters (Picasso, Esplandiú, Zabaleta o Lloveras), sketch artists (Lorenzo Goñi), and photographers (Wlasak, Fontserè o Palazuelo). Conversing with the images, at times in solidarity and often in an ironic or parodic manner, striving, through words, to subvert images.

The seminar also covers the cinematic interpretation of some of Camilo José Cela’s masterpieces, his participation in the history of Spanish cinema, some timely news about El hombre y el mar, and the magazine Papeles de Son Armadans, an endless source of words and images created by Cela in April 1956.



June 4

10:00-10:30 a.m. Introduction to the exhibition Carles Fontserè and Camilo José Cela. Nueva York amarga and the seminar Camilo José Cela: Words and Images, with the participation of the Regional Minister for Culture and Universities; Emilio Lara Tamayo, rector of the University Camilo José Cela; Antonio López Díaz, rector of the USC; Adolfo Sotelo, director of the seminar; and Santiago Olmo director of CGAC.

10:30-11:00 a.m. Adolfo Sotelo Vázquez (UB - UCJC), Nueva York amarga (1966): A Joint Project by Camilo José Cela, Carles Fontserè and Jaume Pla

11:15 a.m. Guided tour of the exhibition Carles Fontserè and Camilo José Cela. Nueva York amarga, led by Santiago Olmo (CGAC)

12:30-2:00 p.m. First session

Darío Villanueva (USC-RAE), Ricardo Franco and Mario Camus / José Luis Dibildos, Readers of Camilo José Cela.

José María Paz Gago (UDC), From University to Madhouse: The Cinematographic Adventures of the Young Cela.

Marisa Sotelo Vázquez (UB), Cela and Picasso: Joint projects. From Papeles de Son Armadans to Gavilla de fábulas sin amor

5:00-6:30 p.m. Second session

Ivan Rodríguez (FCJC), Camilo José Cela’s Work and Photography. Two Examples

Gemma Márquez (UB), The Photographs of Karl Wlasak: The Aesthetic Womb of Viaje a la Alcarria.

Isabel Rovira (UB), Viaje al Pirineo de Lérida and Camilo José Cela’s Photo Story: A Memoir and Viewpoint

7:00-8:00 p.m. Third session

Lourdes Regueiro (FCJC), Colors paint Papeles de Son Armadans

Noemí Montetes-Mairal (UB), When Images Fasten Words: Illustrators and Illustrations in Camilo José Cela’s Main Work

8:00-8:30 p.m. Symposium


June 5

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Fourth session

Blanca Ripoll (UB) From ‘La Puñalada’ to Barcelona (1970): The Collaboration of Camilo José Cela and Frederic Lloveras.

Alba Guimerà (UB), Of Solitude and Dreams: Rafael Zabaleta and Camilo José Cela

Raquel Velázquez (UB), ‘No One Knows How to Interpret Me Like You.’ Camilo José Cela, Illustrated by Lorenzo Goñi

12:30-1:30 p.m. Fifth session

Sonia Betancort (UCJC), ‘Throughout the City there Multiplies a Roaming Fauna’: Camilo José Cela and Fotografías al minuto (1972).

Marta Cristina Carbonell (UB), 1966: The Words and Images of Madrid, in Two Viewpoints.

1:30-1:00 p.m. Symposium

2:00 p.m. Closing

TARGET AUDIENCE: The seminar is addressed to an audience interested in the life and work of Camilo José Cela.

SEATS: 60 per session


This activity is free but space is limited. Anyone who wishes to attend, be it for the entire seminar, the introduction ceremony, or one or more select sessions, must register by 2:00 p.m. on June 3 by emailing The email must contain the following information: full name, the session or sessions you would like to attend, your email address, and a telephone contact number.

The number of seats available to participate in CGAC activities may vary depending on the COVID-19 pandemic measures implemented by the health authorities.

DIRECTED BY: Adolfo Sotelo (UB)


Exhibition: Fontseré and Camilo José Cela. Nueva York Amarga


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