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A gem of Spanish literature very good translated to TV.

Author: psagray from Spain
24 January 2011

In Pueblanueva del Conde, an imaginary village located somewhere in the Galician Rías, between 1934 and 1936, families Aldan, Deza, Churruchaos and Sarmiento are facing "Cayetano Salgado, owner of the fleet and the local shipyards , and new chief of the population, the environment of the pre-Civil War Spanish background.

"Los Gozos y las Sombras"is a television series based on the novel by the writer Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, set in Galicia in the final years of the Second Spanish Republic. It was released in the first Spanish television channel in March 1982 and issued in other countries such as Uruguay or Argentina.

Adapted and produced by Jesús Navascués, and Rafael Moreno Alba in the direction, the thirteen chapters that comprise it were supervised by the author of the original work and success was such that, after twenty five years of its publication in 1957, the novel become a genuine publishing phenomenon. The issuance of the series was a landmark in the history of television in Spain and opened the way for the production of other series based on classic novels of Spanish literature. This series is very good because it reflects the Galicia at the beginning of last century, circa 1930, in a fictional town, but society is reflected in it, really. The Christ that appears in the sequences of the series, large, actually exists, is at the entrance of the church of Santa Maria, El Campillo, the old town of Pontevedra city.

It was published the first part of the novel "El señor llega', with little impact and was awarded the Novel of the Foundation Juan March, just as Gonzalo Torrente Ballester raised stop writing. 25 years later. The adaptation of the TV gave the author's popularity had not yet achieved. In June 2008 it was elected by vote of the internet as the first complete series of the historical record of TVE to be digitized and broadcast freely on the Internet.

The series focuses more broadly on the first of three books that comprise the work of Torrente Ballester, "El Señor llega" , "Cuando el aire vuelve" and "La Pascua triste", In fact, of the thirteen episodes of the series, almost half are from the first volume, leaving about three chapters to each of the following parts of the trilogy.

Portrait of the reality of the Galician society before the war, "Los Gozos y las Sobras" presents a thorough analysis of the characteristics of that society and its passage of the nineteenth century capitalism, where everything changes so that everything remains the same. It is a reflection of the Galician society of the 30's, before the Spanish civil war, in which lived the lords and workers, the environment of an imaginary small town on the Galician coast. The struggles of the powerful to control the destiny of the poor and maintain their status with them, two ways of looking at life, one rooted in the past, with fishing as a livelihood, represented by "Mariana" character magnificently played by Amparo Rivelles), and the future represented by work in the shipyards, which appears in front of "Don Cayetano" (Carlos Larranaga), a despotic character, superbly played.

The novel makes you think, to identify the different thoughts of the characters, but especially Carlos Deza, which is the most devious, the most profound. The rest of characters are more transparent to the viewer, as "Clara Aldán" (well heroine walk led by Charo Lopez)," Don Cayetano Salgado "or" Doña Mariana Sarmiento ". The television version the script becomes more schematic, but faithfully reflects the large and identifiable character traits of the fictional seaside town of Pueblanueva.

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