Sonatas: Memorias del Marqués de Bradomín by Ramón M. del Valle-Inclán

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'Sonatas: Memories del Marqués de Bradomin' by Ramón M. del Valle-Inclán, c.1920s.

The Sonatas are four stages in the love life of the Marquis de Bradomín remembered from a distant and melancholic perspective, from youth (Spring) to old age (Winter), passing through voluptuous prenitude (Summer) and the melancholic decline of maturity ( Autumn). Ramón del Valle-Inclán's character is a burlesque imitation of Don Juan. He is a narcissistic and conquering man who surrounds himself in sin, seducing women through his cunning and charm, but, unlike his role model, he is sentimental, plain and somewhat cowardly.

The author, Ramón del Valle-Inclán, was born into an impoverished aristocratic family in a rural village in Galicia, Spain. Obedient to his father’s wishes, he studied law in Compostela, but after his father’s death in 1889 he moved to Madrid to work as a journalist and critic. In 1892 Valle-Inclán traveled to Mexico, where he remained for more than a year. His first book of stories came out in Spain in 1895. A well-known figure in the cafés of Madrid, famous for his spindly frame, cutting wit, long hair, longer beard, black cape, and single arm (the other having been lost after a fight with a critic), Valle-Inclán was celebrated as the author of Sonatas: The Memoirs of the Marquis of Bradomín, which was published in 1904 and is considered the finest novel of Spanish modernismo, as well as for his extensive and important career in the theatre, not only as a major twentieth-century playwright but also as a director and actor. 

This set is three quarter bound in tan leather with five raised bands to the spine and marbled boards. There is age tone to the pages of one volume (please see photographs) but generally the set is in a very good condition throughout. 



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