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Alfonso Sastre
Alfonso Sastre
Was born in Madrid in 1926. He studied Filosofía y Letras [Philosophy and Letters] in the Universidad Central de Madrid, and then received a degree with a specialism in Pure Philosophy from the Universidad de Murcia in 1953. He is a founding member of the avant‑garde theatre group Arte Nuevo (1946), and Teatro de Agitación Política (1950) and the Grupo de Teatro Realista (1961).
He has written the following theatrical texts: Comedia sonámbula [Sleepwalker’s Comedy] (1945), Uranio 235 [Uranus 235] (1946), Cargamento de sueños [Cargo of Dreams] (1946), Prólogo patético [Pathetic Prologue] (1950), El cubo de la basura [The Garbage Pail] (1951), Escuadra hacia la muerte [The Condemned Squad] (1952), El pan de todos [Every Man’s Bread] (1953), La mordaza [The Gag] (1954), Tierra roja [Red Earth] (1954), Ana Kleiber (1955), La sangre de Dios [The Blood of God] (1955), Muerte en el barrio [Death in the Neighbourhood] (1955), Guillermo Tell tiene los ojos tristes [Sad Are the Eyes of William Tell] (1955), El cuervo [The Raven] (1956), Medea (1958), Asalto nocturno [Nocturnal Assault] (1959), En la red [In the Net] (1959), La cornada [Death Thrust] (1959), Oficio de tinieblas [Office of Darkness] (1962), El circulito de tiza or Historia de una muñeca abandonada [The Abandoned Doll] (1962), M. S. V. or La sangre y la ceniza [The Blood and Ashes] (1965), El banquete [The Banquet] (1965), La taberna fantástica [The Fantastic Tavern] (1966), Crónicas romanas [Roman Chronicles] (1968), Melodrama (1969), Ejercicios de terror [Exercises of Terror] (1970), Las cintas magnéticas [Magnetic Tapes] (1971), Askatasuna [Freedom] (original title is in Basque) (1971), El camarada oscuro [The Dark Comrade] (1972), Ahola no es de leíl [Light now is not raughing mattel] (1975), La gitana Celestina [The Gypsy Celestina] (1978), Análisis de un comando [Analysis of a Command] (1978), Las guitarras de la vieja Izaskun [The Guitars of Old Izaskun] (1979), El hijo único de Guillermo Tell [Young Billy Tell] (1980), Aventura en Euskadi [Adventure in Euskadi] (1982), Los hombres y sus sombras [Men and Their Shadows] (1983), Jenofa Juncal [The Red Gypsy] (1983), El viaje infinito de Sancho Panza [The Infinite Journey of Sancho Panza] (1984), Cuento de la reforma [Tale of the Reform] (1984), Los últimos días de Emmanuel Kant [The Last Days of Inmanuel Kant] (1985), La columna infame [The Infamous Column] (1986), Revelaciones inesperadas sobre Moisés [Unexpected Revelations About Moses] (1988), Demasiado tarde para Filoctetes [Too Late for Philotectes] (1989), ¿Dónde estás, Ulalume, dónde estás? [Where are you, Ulalume? Where are you?] (1990), Teoría de las catástrofes [Theory of Catastrophies] (1993), Lluvia de ángeles sobre París [Raining Angels Over Paris] (1994), Los dioses y los cuernos [Gods and Infidelities] (1995), ¡Han matado a Prokopius! [They Have Killed Prokopius!] (1996), Crimen al otro lado del espejo [Crime on the Other Side of the Mirror] (1996), El asesinato de la luna llena [Murder of the Full Moon] (1996), Alfonso Sastre se suicida (Epílogo) [Alfonso Sastre Takes His Own Life (Epilogue)] (1997).
Sastre has adapted The Lady from the Sea by Henrik Ibsen; Creditors by August Strindberg; Mulatto by Langston Hughes; Huis‑clos, The Respectful Prostitute, The Victors, The Flies, The Trojan Women and The Condemned of Altona by Jean-Paul Sartre and Red Roses for Me by Sean O’Casey.
His most recent narrative publications are Necrópolis (1994) and Historias de California [Stories of California] (1995) and the poetry volumes Vida del hombre invisible contada por él mismo [Life of the Invisible Man Recounted by Himself] (1995), El evangelio de Drácula [The Gospel of Dracula] (1997) and Obra lírica y doméstica. Poemas completos [Lyric and Domestic Writings. The Complete Poems] (2005).
As an essayist, he has published Drama y sociedad [Drama and Society], Anatomía del realismo [Anatomy of Realism], La revolución y la crítica de la cultura [Revolution and Critique of Culture], Crítica de la imaginación [Critique of Imagination], Prolegómenos a un teatro del porvenir [Prolegomenae to a Theatre of the Future], ¿Dónde estoy yo? [Where am I?], El drama y sus lenguajes [Drama and Its Languages], Ensayo general sobre lo cómico [General Essay on the Comic], La batalla de los intelectuales [Battle of the Intellectuals], Manifiesto contra el pensamiento débil [Manifesto Against Laxness of Thought], Limbos o los títulos de la Nada [Limbos or the Titles of Nothing] and Las dialécticas de lo imaginario [The Dialectics of the Imaginary].
His life and works have been compiled in Alfonso Sastre o la ilusión trágica [Alfonso Sastre or the Illusion of Tragedy] (1997).
An edition of his complete works is in preparation and will be published by Hiru Argitaletxea.
He has received the following awards: Viareggio Prize, Italy, 1976; Reseña Prize, 1977; Nacional de Teatro Prize, 1985; El Espectador y la Crítica Prize, 1985; Ciudad de Segovia Prize, 1989; Euskadi de Literatura Prize, 1991; Txema Zubia Prize, 1993; Nacional de Literatura Prize, 1993; Feronia‑Città di Fiano Prize, Rome, 1996; Max de Honor Prize, sgae, 2003 and Quijote Prize, Asociación Colegial de Escritores, Madrid, 2005.

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¿Dónde estás, Ulalume, dónde e
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Dove sei, Ulalume, dove sei?
Where are you, Ulalume? Where
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