The most ironical and faithful testimony of postwar Madrid.

In postwar Madrid, a bustling human hive struggles to eat warm food, avoid the cold, satisfy sexual desire, get rid of tuberculosis, kill time…, to get by. The Hive is a faithful testimony of the everyday life in the streets, the cafés and the rooms of 1943 Madrid, but it is also a bitter existential account. An air of routine and fatality has invaded the consciousness of the people. Among the jumbled crowd, one can hear the lonely buzz of many confused beings adrift.

The Hive is a choral story in which more than two hundred characters take part. Most of them belong to the low-middle class, the run-down small bourgeoisie, whose dreams and future projects are complicated in this postwar environment. None of them stands out as a protagonist, except (subtly) Martín Marco, whose adventures link several of the many characters.

The plot starts in a café, which will serve as the epicenter from which the thousands of threads of the thousands of stories depart to be lost around the streets of postwar Madrid while following the steps of this or that character: a waiter, a servant, a doctor, a night watchman…


RELEVANT INFORMATION: Camilo José Cela is one of the most distinguished authors of Hispanic literature. The Hive is considered one of his most relevant and valuable stories. It was not published in Spain until 1955 due to the opposition of the Francoist censorship. As it is usual in his work, Cela depicts the Spanish life without mercy, with bitter irony and atrocious humanism. However, every once in a while, a blow of compassion alleviates the rough and sore reality.

Camilo José Cela was awarded with the Nobel Prize of Literature, the Premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras, and the Premio Cervantes. King Juan Carlos I made him the  marquis of Iria Flavia for his literary achievements.


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