Vox will have Juan Ramón Jiménez as “luxury guest” for Huelva at VIVA 22


On October 8 and 9, Vox will celebrate its new edition of VIVA, with the history of Spain as the main protagonist of the event, highlighting one character per province and in the case of Huelva, the party will highlight the illustrious figure of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Juan Ramon Jimenez.

“The writer from Huelva is well-known throughout Huelva; his cultural legacy is one of the hallmarks of our land, with Platero y yo being his most outstanding work. It also gives its name to the general hospital in the capital of the province”, pointed out the party in a statement as the main reasons for choosing him.

Juan Ramón Jiménez was born in Moguer on December 23, 1881, into a family dedicated to the wine trade. He learned to read and write in his native town, to later complete his studies in Huelva and Puerto de Santamaría. Seville would be his next destination, with the aim of starting a career as a painter.

In Seville, he frequented different spaces of great cultural effervescence, such as the Ateneo or La Biblioteca, and he also began to collaborate with local newspapers and magazines in which he began to publish his first literary texts, in prose and in verse, integrating a romantic and
melancholic with the desire of social denunciation.

With the beginning of the 20th century, Juan Ramón moved to Madrid, attracted by the modernist atmosphere of the capital. There he publishes his first textbooks: Niinfas and Almas de Violeta. The death of his father and a family ruin plunged the writer from Huelva into a deep depression that led him to enter various sanatoriums.

In 1906 he returned to Moguer and remained there until 1912, developing one of the most prolific phases in his literary production, in which he wrote his most notable work, Platero y yo, published in a reduced edition in 1914 and completed in 1917. In his Returning to Madrid, he meets Zenobia Camprubí, a woman with whom he married in 1916 and who profoundly marked his personal and literary life. Newly married and in full creative maturity, he begins to be seen as a teacher by many young poets. He then publishes works such as Eternities, Stone and Sky and countless anthologies.

The biography that the formation exposes about him also highlights the appearance of a new generation of writers, which “little by little cracks the intellectual environment that he had lived in Madrid and this adds him to new nervous depressions”. With the arrival of the Civil War, he signs a manifesto in support of the Republican government and works in the Board for the Protection of Minors. “But the unbreathable climate that surrounds Madrid causes him, together with his wife, to leave Spain and undertake a journey through the United States, Puerto Rico and Cuba, where he works as a professor at the University of Maryland and, in his last years, at the University of Puerto Rico, in a stage marked by Zenobia’s illnesses and her weak state of health”.

In 1956 he received the Nobel Prize for literature, in tribute to all his work, and three days later his wife died. Jiménez was admitted to a psychiatric hospital, dying of bronchopneumonia in May 1958. His nephew Francisco Hernández Pinzón obtained the repatriation of the couple’s bodies to Spain and they were buried in Moguer.

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Vox will have Juan Ramón Jiménez as “luxury guest” for Huelva at VIVA 22