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100 years of the birth of Camilo J. Cela

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About 100 years of the birth of Camilo J. Cela

In 2016, Camilo José Cela would have been 100 years old. For this reason, Correos issues a new stamp, dedicated to this man of letters who contributed so much to Universal Literature.

On 11 May 1916 he was born in Iria Flavia, province of La Coruña, the first child of the marriage of Cela Trulock who was baptized with the names of Camilo José Manuel Juan Ramón Francisco de Jerónimo.

He moved with his family to Madrid and when he was admitted to a sanatorium for tuberculosis, he devoted his time to reading the complete work of Ortega y Gasset and the complete collection of Spanish classics from Rivadeneyra.

He began medical studies, and, although the world probably lost a great physician, he won a genius of letters. He entered the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters and met other writers such as Pedro Salinas, Alonso Zamora Vicente, Miguel Hernández, María Zambrano or Max Aub among others.

He began his literary production and left us great works such as Treading the dubious light of the day, Pascual Duarte's family, Journey to the Alcarria or the unforgettable La Colmena, which due to censorship in our country, was first published in Argentina.

But Camilo José Cela was not only a writer, as his son tells, he was also a bullfighter, actor, artist, bibliophile, editor and even honorary postman.

This last honorary title was granted by Correos in 1982, joining this exclusive "club" that he shares with five other personalities: Mariano Pardo de Figueroa, better known as Dr. Thebussem, Rafael Álvarez Sereix, Ramón Carande, Antonio Mingote and Queen Sofia.

Camilo José Cela reaped great achievements and recognition, obtaining the most important awards that are awarded in this area. In 1987 he was recognized with the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters. Two years later, he received a Nobel Prize in Literature, and after the Planeta Prize in 1994, he was awarded the Cervantes Prize one year later.

The stamp picks up an engraving with the face of the writer. It includes his signature and some of the handwritten notes he used to make for his novels.