Ana María Matute


Born
in Barcelona, Spain
July 28, 1926

Died
June 25, 2014

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Matute was born in Barcelona, Spain, the second of five children in a conservative middle class family. Her father, Facundo Matute, owned an umbrella factory and has been credited with inspiring his daughter's creativity. Matute spent a considerable amount of time in Madrid during her childhood as well, but few of her stories are set there.
When she was four years old, she almost died of an illness, and was taken to live with her grandparents in San Mansilla de la Sierra, a small town in the mountains, for a period of convalescence. Matute says that she was profoundly influenced by the villagers whom she met during her time there. This influence can be seen in such works as those published in the 1961 anthology Historias de la Artamila ("Sto
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“Antes de saber leer, los libros eran para mí como bosques misteriosos. Me acuciaba una pregunta: ¿cómo era posible que de aquellas páginas de papel, de aquellas hormiguitas negras que la surcaban se levantara un mundo ante mis ojos, mis oídos y mi corazón de niña? ¿Qué clase de magia, de sortilegio era aquel que sobrepasaba cuanto yo vivía y cuanto vivía a mi alrededor?
Después, cuando ya había aprendido a descifrar esos signos misteriosos, la primera vez que leí la palabra "bosque" en un libro de cuentos, supe que siempre me movería dentro de ese ámbito. Toda la vida de un bosque -misterioso, atractivo, terrorífico, lejano y próximo, oscuro y transparente- encontraba su lugar sobre el papel, en el arte combinatoria de las palabras. Jamás había experimentado, ni volvería a experimentar en toda mi vida, una realidad más cercana, más viva y que me revelara la existencia de otras realidades tan vivas y tan cercanas como aquella que me reveló el bosque, el real y el creado por las palabras.”
Ana María Matute

“El mundo hay que fabricárselo uno mismo, hay que crear peldaños que te suban, que te saquen del pozo. Hay que inventar la vida porque acaba siendo verdad”
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“Entonces, mi padre y yo nos mirábamos en silencio. El silencio siempre fue la conversación más apasionada entre mi padre y yo.”
Ana María Matute, Demonios familiares

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