From the Back Cover
These very short stories, which approach prose poems in their lyric intensity, are Alfonso R. Castelao's contribution to a popular Galician art form. Partly based on stories his grandmother told him as a child, Things reflects Galician society at the beginning of the twentieth century, allowing us a glimpse of the fragments of a rapidly vanishing world.
Castelao was an accomplished artist, and his illustrations (a feature also of the original edition, first published in 1926) make the book an unusual creative whole.
Considered one of the finest works of fiction to have appeared in Galician, Things makes this stunning book available to English-language readers for the first time.
About the Author
Alfonso R Castelao (1886-1950) was born in the small fishing village of Rianxo on the western coast of Galicia in Spain. A Galician writer, artist and politician who campaigned for Galician autonomy and the preservation of its language and culture, he spent the last years of his life in exile in Argentina. Castelao's remains were finally returned to a recently bilingual and autonomous Galicia in 1984.