Vicente Blasco Ibanez was born on January 29, 1867 in Valencia, Spain. He was a famous Spanish novelist and occasional film director
Biography and Career :
He was the son of Gaspar Blasco Teruel and Ramona Ibanez Martinez.
Between 1885-1889 he attended classes of Law University in Valencia and published his first volume "Fantasias, Leyendas y Tradiciones".
Between 1889-1891 he wrote his first novel "The Black Spider" which he would deny later, but the book would be republished even after his death.
At 24 years old got married with Maria, a romantic poet's daughter who was named Rafael Blasco y Moreno.
Between 1893-1895 Ibanez wrote "Cuentos Valencianos", "Arroz y Tartana" and the novella "The Mauro Revenge" which would be the source of inspiration of the novel "La
In 1896 he traveled in Italy and wrote "Cuatro Meses en Italia", "En el Pais del Arte", "La Condenada y Otros Cuentos".
The Republicans chose him deputy in Las Cortes (Spanish Parliament) in 1895.
After this he published "Entre Naranjos" (1900), "Sonnica la Cortezana" (1901), "Canas y Barro" (1902) inspired from people's life near Albufera.
In 1903 he created in the middle of Republican Party "the blasquist part", who were opponents of the other part "the sorianist" leaded by Rodrigo Soliano.
Next year he was chosen again deputy in Las Cortes and published the novel "El Intruso".
In 1905 Ibanez published the novel "La Bodega" inspired by people's life in Toledo and Jerez de la Frontera and "La Horda" inspired by Madrid's society.
In 1906 he wrote the psychological novel "La Maja Desnuda" inspired and named after Goya's painting.
Until 1914 he had written "Sangrue y Arena" inspired by matador's life, the novel"Las Muertos Mandan" and the novel "Las Argonautas" inspired by the Spanish emigration from Latin America.
Between 1914-1918 in Paris he made anti-war propaganda and wrote "Los Cuatro Jinetes del Apocalipsis" a writing wich would be later cinematized.
In 1920 Vicente Blasco Ibanez traveled in Mexico and USA and seven years later in 1927 he moved to the south of France in Menton.
On the 6th of January 1928 he passed away in his mansion Fontana Rosa on the Ivory Coast.
Important Works :
"Arroz y tartana"
"Cagnas y barro"
"La aragna negra"
"La maja desnuda"
"The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" ("Los Cuatro Jinetes del Apocalipsis")
"Los muertos mandan"
"Blood and Sand" ("Sangre y arena")
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