De les belleses de
natura i el meu goig
nature beauties and my
Tard! Late! (1903)
La lloca de la vidua The
Widow broody hen (1915)
The heros (1920)
La bassa roja
The red pond (1923)
El meu amic Pellini i altres
My friend Pellini
other tales (1923)
El desig de pecar
to sin (1924)
L'orgue del diputat
deputy organ (1924)
L'Ós benèmerit i altres
The worthy bear and
other beasts (1932)
La Ruta abandonada
give up way (1934)
En Rossinyol que jo he
Rossinyol I have
(1899 - Inedited)
Tieta Claudina Aunt
L'oca de la molinera The
miller goose (1917)
La Margarideta (1918)
Jo! Memòries d'un metge
Memories of a
philosopher doctor (1925)
Entre la terra i els núvols:
Between land and clouds:
The heir (1931)
El vagabund The
Josep II rei
Joseph II king (1918)
Enyorada solitud! Mourn
The walk over
Les ales d'Ernestina
wings of Ernestina (1921)
La dona neta
The clean woman
El comiat de Teresa
goodbye of Therese ( 1931)
El fantasma de Montcorb
gost of Montcorb (1933)
He is born in Tordera (Maresme) in the year 1867 in a family of
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.
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
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
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
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"
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
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,
publishes "En Rossinyol que jo he tractat" (The Rossinyol I have treated).
His work reflects as a whole a vigorous, vital and persistent
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.