El desierto; El arbol celibe (The Desert; The Tree Celibate)

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Date: 1960 - 1962

Region: Europe

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Literature


Artist: Jose Antonio Claros

Confronting Bodies: Comision del cuerop de censores del Ministerio de Informacion y Turismo (Cuerop commission of censors at the Ministry of Information and Tourism)

Dates of Action: 1960-62

Location: Madrid, Spain

Description of Artwork: Sus libros El desierto (1960) y El arbol celibe (1961) fueron objeto de correcciones innumerables. (His books The Desert (1960) and The Tree celibate (1961) were the subject of countless corrections.)

The Incident: En su primer libro la protagonista era una prostituta llamada Marilyn que vivia en el centro de una ciudad asiatica. Se prohibio totalmente su difucion por motivos morales. Su segundo libro explicaba la vida de un traductor de libros cientificos que pasea su desasosiego por una ciudad ficticia llamada Alcolea. Este libro estuvo vetado durante dos anos hasta que desaparecio de las editoriales. Se le acuso de inmoralidad pues analizaba entre sus paginas los desastres a que estaba sometido el protagonista por infinidad de errores burocraticos. La comision de censores acuso a Claros de tener filiacion con alguno de los mas prohibidos escritores europeos, entre ellos Kafka. (In his first book the protagonist was a prostitute named Marilyn who lived in the center of an Asian city. Distribution of the book was totally prohibited on moral grounds. Claros' second book explores the life of a translator of scientific books and his concerns living in a fictional town called Alcolea. This book was banned for two years until all copies disappeared from the publishers. Claros was accused of immorality because the protagonist suffered countless disasters because of bureaucratic errors. The committee of censors accused Claros of having clear affiliation to one of the most banned European writers, Kafka.)

Results of Incident: Desconocido. (Unknown)

Source: Valentin Roma