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PRUDENCI BERTRANA I COMPTE  (1867-1941)

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Works:

Conferences:
De les belleses de la
  natura i el meu goig
 
  On the nature beauties and my
   joy (1908)

Chronicles on newspapers
Impromptus

Fiction / Tales
L'oreneta The swallow
La guineu
The Vixen
Tard!
Late! (1903)
Crisàlides
Chrysalides (1907) 
Proses bàrbares
Barbar 
   proses (1911) 

La lloca de la vidua
The
   Widow broody hen (1915) 

Els Herois
The heros (1920) 
La bassa roja
The red pond (1923)
El meu amic Pellini i altres
  contes
  My friend Pellini and
   other tales (1923)

El desig de pecar
The desire
   to sin (1924)

L'illa perduda
The loosed
   island (1920)

L'orgue del diputat
The
   deputy organ (1924)

L'Ós benèmerit i altres
  bèsties
  The worthy bear and
   other beasts (1932) 

La Ruta abandonada
The
   give up way (1934)

En Rossinyol que jo he
  tractat
  The Rossinyol I have
   treated (1937)

Novel
Violeta
(1899 - Inedited)
Josafat
(1906) 
Nàufrags
Wrecked (1906) 
Tieta Claudina
Aunt Claudina
   (1910) 

L'oca de la molinera
The
   miller goose (1917)

La Margarideta
(1918)
Jo! Memòries d'un metge
  filòsof
Me! Memories of a
   philosopher doctor  (1925) 

Entre la terra i els núvols:

    Between land and clouds:
   
L'Hereu The heir (1931) 
   El vagabund
The vagabond
    (1933) 

   L'mpenitent
The impenitent
    (1938)

Theatre 
Josep II rei
  Joseph II king (1918)
Enyorada solitud! Mourn
   solitude! (1918)

Els atropellats
The walk over
   people (1918)

Les ales d'Ernestina The
   wings of Ernestina (1921) 
La dona neta The clean woman
   (1924) 
El comiat de Teresa The
   goodbye of Therese ( 1931)
El fantasma de Montcorb The
   gost of Montcorb (1933)

Els aprensius
The worried
   people (1934)

Prudenci Bertrana: Portrait  

Life: 
He is born in Tordera (Maresme) in the year 1867 in a family of conservative rural proprietors. He studies the baccalaureate in Gerona and initiates the studies of industrial engineer. Nevertheless, he leaves quickly that technical way to get up artistic studies in the Llotja school of arts in Barcelona in 1885. 
Bertrana came back to Gerona in 1890 where he married Neus Salazar and due to the loss of the familiar inheritance as a result of lawsuits, he organized a painting academy
From 1902, he leaves the painting and enters in the redaction of the conservative "Vida" (Life) magazine. This was a magazine treating significant aspects of Modernisme (Art Nouveau) and in which Bertrana publishes commentaries on art and Literature and some stories like "La Guineu" (The Vixen) a rural atmosphere story. 
Bertrana worked in the organization of the "Jocs Florals" ( Floral Games) and in the development of his  literary abilities with works like "Tard" (Late) in 1903, "Josafat" in 1906, "Crisàlides" (Chrysalides), and also in 1906 "Nàufrags" (Wrecked) a novel with an exceptional success. 
In that period he occupies the position of director of the republican newspaper "Ciudadania" (Citizenship) until his dismissal and imprisonment duly a chronicle he published. 
As a result of these facts, he travel again to Barcelona in 1911 where he was already be object of a recognition to his work specially by his conference held  in 1908 in the "Associació Nacionalista Catalana" (Nationalist Catalan Asociation)  "De les belleses de la natura i el meu goig" (On the nature beauties and my joy)  in which Bertrana proposes an anti-intellectual attitude in front of life, position that he confirmed again in 1936 in one intervention as a President of the Floral Games of Barcelona. 
In Barcelona he managed in very precarious conditions the satiric weekly magazines "L'Esquella de la Torratxa" and "La Campana de Gracia", collaborating also in other magazines like "El Poble Català" and "Iberia".
In that period dominated by the Noucentisme (the artistic tendency following the Modernisme - Art Nouveau - in Catalonia), Bertrana like so many other modernist artists, suffered a frustrating marginalization.
Prudenci Bertrana deals with diverse literary genres - humor, psychological novel, the animal world, journalist  chronicles - frequently with much more success between people than critics. In spite of it, it does not leave the painting classes that continue distributing in the Escola del Bosc of the City council of Barcelona in Montjuïc.
His chronicles were published in newspapers as "La Publicitat" and "La Veu de Catalunya" where he was a theater critic and where he published his "Impromptus" and also in the weekly "Magazine of Catalunya".
His Literature is based on the detailed reality observation, together with the experience he obtains from his  work and his human experience. 
In the trilogy "Entre la terra i els núvols" (Between land and clouds) that is made up of "L'hereu" (The heir) (1931)"El Vagabund" (The vagabond) (1933) and "L'impenitent" (The impenitent) (1939) he gathers his autobiographic experience in where he explain the dramatic experiences he lived, like the death of three of his children. 
In 1935 he presides the Floral Games of Gerona and in 1936 (as we mentioned above) those of Barcelona. In 1937, already during the Spanish civil war, he publishes "En Rossinyol que jo he tractat" (The Rossinyol I have treated).
His work reflects as a whole a vigorous, vital and persistent individualism. 
Bertrana is the father of the famous Catalan writer Aurora Bertrana.
Prudenci Bertrana died in Barcelona in the year 1941. Its recognition like writer has been growing, specially from the publication of his complete works in 1968 and the creation of a literary novel prize with his name.

 

 

Selected LINKS to other websites on Prudenci Bertrana i Compte

http://www.escriptors.com/autors/bertranap/index.html Large web on the life and works of Prudenci Bertrana  
http://www.uoc.edu/lletra/generes/prosamodernista/index.html Synthesis of the life and works of P. Bertrana in the UOC web

 

Specific Bibliography on Prudenci Bertrana i Compte

Title Author Published by Year
Gran enciclopèdia catalana Different authors Enciclopèdia Catalana  
La prosa modernista: un concepte polièdric Julià, Lluïsa Lletra - UOC - Espai virtual de literatura catalana  
Aspectes del Modernisme Marfany, Joan Lluís Curial 1975
Historia de la Literatura catalana, El Modernisme, vol 8. Molas, Joaquim / de Riquer, Martí Editorial Ariel 1985
Dotze mestres Serrahima, Maurici Destino 1972
El primer modernismo literario catalán y sus fundamentos ideológicos Valentí, Eduard Editorial Ariel 1972
 
Other Catalan Art Nouveau Writers:

Caterina Albert i Paradís  Prudenci Bertrana  Jaume Brossa i Roger  Raimon Casellas i Dou  Ignasi Iglesias i Pujades  Pompeu Gener  Adrià Gual i Queralt  Hortensi Güell  Antoni Isern  Albert Llanas  Joan Maragall i Gorina  Alfons Maseras i Galtés  Jaume Massó i Torrents  Apel·les Mestres i Oñós  Rafael Nogueras i Ollé  Miquel de Palol  Josep Pin i Soler  Josep Pons i Pagès  Pere Prat i Gaballí  Joan Puig i Ferrater  Alexandre Riquer i Ynglada  Santiago Rusiñol i Prats  Joaquim Ruyra i Oms  Maria Antònia Salvà  Víctor Català (see Caterina Albert)  Plàcid Vidal i Rosich  Jeroni Zanné i Rodríguez

 

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