»

| Give a Gift |

  • Digital Edition

Late Spanish Novelist Accused of Plagiarism

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.06.08

A Spanish judge recently reopened a plagiarism case against the late Nobel Prize-winning novelist Camilo José Cela, the Independent reported. Carmen Formoso, author of the novel Carmen, Carmela, Carmiña, originally filed charges in 2001 alleging that Cela had lifted passages from her book for his best-selling novel La Cruz de San Andres. Cela, who denied the accusations, died in January 2002 before the case was settled. He was ultimately found not guilty.

Formoso’s son and lawyer, Jesús Díaz Formoso, has challenged the ruling, adding that Cela’s publisher, Planeta, is guilty of "unauthorized appropriation" of his mother’s work. A judge in Barcelona’s Constitutional Court recently ordered literary expert Luis Izquierdo, whose initial analysis uncovered "echoes and coincidences" between the two works, to reexamine sixty-five individual claims. Once Izquierdo has submitted his report, the court will determine if the case will go to trial.

The accusation against Cela is not the first to be raised since his death. Tomas Garcia Yebra, an investigative journalist, published Desmontado a Cela (Dismantling Cela) in October 2002, claiming that the author had collaborated with ghostwriters on several of his books from as early as 1950. Historian Pere Ysás claimed in 2004 that Cela had spied for the late General Francisco Franco.

Cela published over seventy books during his lifetime, including ten novels, and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1989. His first novel was La Familia de Pascual Duarte (Aldecoa, 1942).

Reader Comments

City Guide

by Jen Michalski

Author Jen Michalski takes us on a tour of the many literary sites writers should visit while strolling the gritty streets of Baltimore.

Upcoming Events
Poetry
Reading/Panel/Performance
Thankful Baptist Church
October 25, 2014 (All day)
Poetry
Reading/Panel/Performance
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
October 25, 2014 - 9:00am
Poetry
Reading
Gibson’s Bookstore
October 25, 2014 - 11:00am
Poetry
Workshop
San Diego Writer's Ink
October 25, 2014 - 12:30pm
Creative Nonfiction
Panel
First Church Chapel
October 25, 2014 - 1:00pm
Conferences & Residencies
Residency
West Cork, Ireland
Residency
Riga, Latvia
Conference
Charlotte, North Carolina
Writing Contests
Provincetown OuterMost Community Radio
University of Evansville
American Library Association
Magazine Articles

by Mira Ptacin

November/December 2014

Despite struggles, libraries are learning to navigate the ever-changing, and often cost-prohibitive, landscape of digital lending.

 

by Staff

Politics & Prose replaces Barnes & Noble as official National Book Festival bookseller; new Berryman volume and reissues released; Carlos Lozada named nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post; and other news.

Directory of Writers
Poet
Sammamish, WA
Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer
Poet, Fiction Writer
Chico, CA

Subscribe to P&W Magazine | Donate Now | Advertise | Sign up for E-Newsletter | Help | About Us | Contact Us | View Mobile Site

© Copyright Poets & Writers 2014. All Rights Reserved