The Intruder (La intrusa)

An intimate portrait of Dalí’s muse.

Gala Dalí was a woman who wished to be secretive. Although the men with whom she shared her life were to become so famous they would eventually become universal figures, she decided to remain in the background, to the extent that her image became that of a cold, haughty, selfish and unapproachable woman.

In fact, Gala was a very different kind of person. In this biographical account, Monika Zgustová reveals the determined, courageous and passionate woman that she was: someone who knew how to pursue her main objectives and to become a decisive influence in the lives of three men. All became who they are while they were with her, major figures in the world of poetry and art: Paul Éluard, Max Ernst and Salvador Dalí. For all three, Gala was much more than a lover: she was the partner who would assist them in their work and criticize it, and who gave them the strength and confidence to emerge as great creators. She met the three of them when they were between the ages of seventeen and thirty. And it was through Gala and with Gala that they achieved what they did.

Monika Zgustova reveals aspects of Gala’s life that until now have been ignored or unknown: her relationship with her adoptive father and his family; the teenage friendship she had with the poet Marina Tsvetaeva and her sister Asia; how the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and the years leading up to it marked her for life; how, at age twenty-two, she crossed the Europe of the First World War, from Moscow to Paris, to meet up once more with her beloved Paul Éluard; how, out of love for Salvador Dalí, she went to live with him in a bare, seaside hut in the middle of winter, where an attack of pneumonia almost killed her.


RELEVANT INFORMATION: This book shows the audience an image of Gala who was a lot more complex, charming and passionate than the one we have been told about up until recently: the portrait of a woman who broke with all the stereotypes of her time to become a pivotal figure in the art and literature of the twentieth century.

Monika Zgustová is an author who has won several major awards (including the “Calamo” and “Amat-Piniella” awards for the best novel of the year, as well as the “Merce Rodoreda” award for short stories). Her literary works (eight books of fiction, three of non-fiction, and a play) have been published in ten languages.


LANGUAGES AVAILABLE: Spanish and Catalan.

AUDIOVISUAL POTENTIAL: TV Series, Miniseries, Film, TV Movie.

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