Carmen Conde, according to Josefina Soria


Today, editor Teresa Zataraín recovers in ‘The dreams weresleep’ (Creotz) two wonderful texts by the writer Josefina Soria (Albacete, 1926-Murcia, 2010): ‘Carmen Conde’, a profile of the first woman to enter the Royal Spanish Academy, Carmen Conde from Cartagena (“I am made of mills, rafts, towers, doves, roses”), and the unpublished rural world story, “Vendimia,” “a literary gem” rescued among her possessions by her daughter and promoter of his legacy, the also writer Marisa López Soria. A book preceded by Francisca Montiel Rayo, a professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​who reflects on “the lyricism in prose” of Josefina Soria, a characteristic “which also makes her akin to the writer from Cartagena.” «I met Carmen Conde late –said Soria in ‘Your voice reflected’ (1990), a tribute with other voices such as Ernestina de Champourcín, María Cegarra, Buero Vallejo or Leopoldo de Luis–, and my desire to write brought me to her ». In ‘Carmen Conde’ Josefina Soria remembers the author of ‘Brocal’, ‘Los pumas de Mar Menor’ or ‘While Men Die’, as ‘one of those progressive women who took her heart, her intelligence and will to the highest level . top.” He says the scholarship awarded to him by the City Council of Cartagena to study the Baccalaureate was “the most lucrative” of all. A fighting woman “and dreamer” whose first paycheck brought electricity to the house “She was energetic, tender, compassionate,” said Josefina Soria: “All her life she fought with her word to break through walls of darkness and silence.”Conde believed that education paved the way for freedom for men and women [en 1931, junto a su marido, Antonio Oliver Belmás, crearán la Universidad Popular en Cartagena]. Oliver Belmás, already a recognized poet in the 1920s and a regular contributor to LA VERDAD’s Literary Supplement (1923-1926), leads Carmen Conde into the pastures of poetry, to the point where she says in ‘Brocal’: “I’m not asking you, where are you taking me. / Or why. / Not for what. / Do you want to walk? Well, I follow you». “Carmen has always said that ‘Brocal’ was a book in love,” writes Soria, who supports the silhouette of this “pure cartagenera”, as Vicente Aleixandre said, based on memories, intimacies, observations and trances of a friendship over the decades . A curiosity: Conde, a teacher like Gabriela Mistral, whom she admires, receives a message from the ministry that assigns her a school on the outskirts of Los Dolores with a fateful date: July 18, 1936, the day of the coup d’état against the constitutional government of the Second Republic. . Features the unpublished rural world story ‘Vendimia’, a ‘literary gem’ rescued by Marisa López Soria. in Granada he runs a radio station of mobile radio, “from there to here” through Andalusia. Conde will meet two of his eternal friends in Valencia: Eulalia Ruiz de Clavijo, the first female court lawyer in Spain, and Amanda Junquera, wife of Professor Cayetano Alcázar, with whom he will live in Madrid. ‘DREAMS STAY ASLEEP’ Genre. Essay and story. Editorial. Creotz Editions. Author. Josephine Soria. In El Escorial, Conde and Oliver spend a poetic period with poems such as ‘My book of El Escorial’ and poems from ‘Pasión del verbo’ and ‘Ansia de la gracia’. It would take some time for Carmen Conde to return to Cartagena, a land then inhabited by young poets such as Josefina Soria, who one day decides to write a letter to Carmen, trusting that she will bless her verses. But the answer, louder impossible, speaks of Conde’s rude nature: “The first thing to do is tear up all the poems and start over. And don’t forget that it is you who chose me. Read today’s women who read poetry. There are very good ones!” But Josefina’s devotion was so great that none of those words held her back: “I wanted to guess her through her writing and my dreams.” The first time they met in person was at the Cante de las Minas festival, where Conde was with María Cegarra. Josefina came with her husband and her eldest son. The next day, the woman from Cartagena writes him a letter from the hotel La Manga where he is staying: “I like your men” , she says, among other compliments. From then on, according to Soria, “we always knew where to meet, whether by phone, email or a quick visit.” gave me tremendous security and courage.” Privately, during the summers, Carmen Conde would be a luxurious guest in the house of the Soria family in Campoamor, in whose garden she amuses herself, running her hand through the alhábegas. Soria remembers the time that her friend was a girl in Cartagena, when women left work fifteen minutes earlier than men; visits to the Cegarra brothers in La Unión; the gifts he receives from trips to Havana or Athens; of her adoration for cats (she wrote the story ‘Doña Centenito, wildcat; story of her life’), of the nostalgia for motherhood (in 1933 Carmen and Antonio have a daughter, María del Mar, but she was stillborn). One of the anecdotes told by Josefina Soria is that once in Campoamor they saw a family of small mice passing through the garden “like a living ray” crossing a hedge, to which Conde blurted out: “A mother who turns her children’s den “. To Josefina Soria, Carmen Conde owed, in her own words, “the end of my exile from Cartagena”.
Source: La Verdad


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