Wenceslao Fernández Flórez

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Wenceslao Fernández Flórez (1885 in A Coruña, Galicia – 1964 in Madrid) was a popular Spanish journalist and novelist of the early 20th century. Throughout his career, he retained an intense fondness for the land of his birth.

Early life and career[edit]

His father died when he was fifteen years old, forcing Wenceslao to abandon his education and dedicate himself to journalism. His first job was with A Coruña's La Mañana, and he went on to write for El Heraldo de Galicia, Diario de A Coruña and Tierra Gallega. At the age of eighteen he was given a senior position at Diario Ferrolano. He later returned to A Coruña to work at El Noroeste.

He kept close friendship with Galician nationalism leaders and other intellectuals . Among his friends we find: Manuel Maria Puga and Parga -Picadillo-, Carré brothers, Tettamanci, Manuel Casas, Angel Castillo and others. All of them were older than him, but who really makes a huge impression in his way of thinking was Castelao, which was one of the most frequently illustrators for his works.

Work in Madrid and Novels[edit]

In 1914 Flórez moved to Madrid, where he worked at El Imparcial and Diario ABC, where he started the parliamentary column Acotaciones de un oyente. He had begun writing novels - La tristeza de la paz (1910), La procesión de los días (1915) and Luz de luna (1915), and Volvoreta (1917).

In translation[edit]


  • The sadness of Peace (1910)
  • The procession of Days (1914)
  • Moonlighting (1915)
  • Dimensioning of a listener (Parliamentary Chronicles, 1916)
  • Volvoreta (1917), adapted into a film by José Antonio Nieves Conde in 1976
  • The Devil's Eye (1918)
  • Entered a Thief (1922)
  • Vulgar tragedies of life (1922), an anthology of short stories
  • Bluebeard's Secret (1923)
  • Visions of neurasthenia (1924)
  • Women's Footsteps (1924)
  • The seven columns (1926)
  • Immoral Story (1927)
  • The man who wanted to kill (1929), adapted for the screen by Rafael Gil in 1942 with Antonio Casal ( The man who wanted to kill and again by Rafael Gil in 1970 with Tony Leblanc ( The* man who wanted to kill )
  • Artificial Ghosts (1930), an anthology of short stories
  • Those who did not go to war (1930)
  • The evil Carabel (1931), adapted into a film by Edgar Neville in 1935, by Fernando Fernan Gomez in 1956 and Rafael Baledón in 1962
  • The man who bought a car (1932)
  • Knight Adventures Rogelio Amaral (1933)
  • An island in the Red Sea (1938)
  • The novel number 13 (1941)
  • The Living Forest (1943), adapted into a film by Joseph Neches in 1945, by José Luis Cuerda in 1987 written by Rafael Azcona and Angel de la Cruz and Manolo Gomez in 2001
  • The bull, the bullfighter and the Cat (1946)
  • Pelegrin system (1949)
  • Fireworks (1954)
  • Goalkeeper in goal (1957)