La tradición novelística en La familia de Pascual Duarte

John Ardila

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This article considers the place of La familia de Pascual Duarte in the course of the
Spanish novel during the first half of the twentieth century. Firstly, it considers how
this novel follows in the footsteps of the pre-tremendista works published in National
Spain during the Civil War, namely those by Iribarren, Borrás, García Serrano,
García Suárez and Carretero Novillo. Secondly, it examines its affinities with Baroja’s
picaresque novel La busca. Thirdly, it underscores its irony in the fashion of the Janus
faced novel, whose most immediate precedent was Unamuno’s San Manuel Bueno,
mártir. Accordingly, this piece submits that, not only does Pascual Duarte mark the
beginning of the post-war novel, but it was written in the wake and fashion of Baroja’s
previous picaresque works, Unamuno’s Janus-faced fiction, and the tremendista novels
published by the supporters of the National army.
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)127-156
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • cela
  • Pascual Duarte
  • tremendismo
  • novel
  • post-war

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