José Manuel Caballero Bonald and Francisco Brines, who both passed away in May 2021, are two outstanding poets of the Generation of the 1950s, so-called the “social realism” or the “children of war” generation. Book critic and writer Antonio Ortega interviewed two experts on their work: poet and book critic Juan Carlos Abril; and journalist and writer Fernando Delgado.
Live from Eugenio Trías Public Municipal Library and during the celebration of Frankfurt Book Fair, a prodigious generation of social and intimate poets has been homaged. A generation formed by writers born around the 1920s, that started to publish mid-century and had a fundamental impact on the history of Spanish poetry.
Caballero Bonald, who defined himself as an “intermittent poet”, according to Abril, was a writer in constant evolution. “A creator on the searching of the aesthetic challenge, who never accepted success and, even with critics and public on his favour, he maintained his rebel and unconformist attitude.
Delgado, Abril and Ortega agreed that there is something that unifies them: their effort for giving poetical quality to the common language and its humanity. “They were unrepeatable”.
“The generation of the 1950s is fundamental on the history of Spanish poetry history. Caballero Bonald and Brines in particular”.Antonio Ortega
“(José Manuel) Caballero Bonald did not let himself fool by the consumerism, the current capitalist society and its dumbfoundedness”.Juan Carlos Abril
Juan Carlos Abril, poet and book critic. Currently runs the magazine “Paraíso”. His poetry has been featured in Mexico, Costa Rica or Argentina.
Fernando Delgado, writer and journalist. He has received several novelistic awards as Premio Pérez Galdós, Azorín or Planeta.
Antonio Ortega , writer, book critic and librarian at UNED Central Library.