But our legal system is the Republic and she always fought that.” Virgilio Botella Pastor. THE VOICE OF AN UNKNOWN NOVELIST Botella Pastor is a novelist of major work in quantity and quality, however, remains a great unknown for Spanish readers. His approach to writing novels about Spanish life since his clash with the war to their new destinations in exile, through the terrible flight to their new places of residence, show that the novelist has ideas and ability to tell those lives. On the series, according to her approach has published the following novels: “The war” because the bells were silent (1953), “The Flight”, So fell the dice (1959) and Crossroads (1962), “Exile” Maybe tomorrow (1965).
This series is supplemented, “War” with the babel delighted, unpublished, “Exile” with the dark night, unpublished, The Road to Victory (1979), All the hours wound (1986) and La Grande Illusion (1988). Botella Pastor Virgil was born in Alcoy, Alicante, October 27, 1906 and died in Gijon on 30 December 1996. Son of Juan Botella Asensi Republican politician, the founder of Radical Socialist Left and Minister of Justice of the Second Spanish Republic. With ten years old he moved with his family to Madrid. He studied high school in the San Isidro Institute and later obtained a degree in law at the University of Madrid. Enter in the Quartermaster Corps of the Navy where they ascend to captain. He joined the firm, which Alvaro de Albornoz, had his father in Madrid, during the term of this incompatibility of having been Minister of Justice.
In 1937 he represented Spain in international financial and technical conference which had the task of cleaning up the economic situation of the International Zone of Tangier. Appointed First Secretary of Embassy, attended as secretary general of the Spanish Delegation to the Assembly of the League of Nations in 1937. At the beginning of 1939 across the border France knows the French concentration camps, and some months later part to Mexico from Saint-Nazaire. In Mexico held several senior private. In 1945 he moved to Paris as chief of administrative services of the Government of the Republic in exile. In 1956 he joined the UNESCO as an international civil servant. He combines this work with the Interpol conference as a translator, and the writer. In 1985 he returned to Spain, where he settled, first in Madrid and a year later in Gijon, a city in which he died. The core of his novels published large project we have ups and downs of lives that their ideas, live the bitterness of war and exile. With the essential characters of the first novel continue to be the following, in which new characters appear without at any time to eclipse the previous ones, gain some independence narrative. In his later books also present the Second World War. Posthumously, his memoirs were published in Title: Between memories. The finances of the Spanish Republican government in exile (2002), which is a testament to the economic hardships suffered by the Republican government in exile since its establishment in Paris and the difficulties of all kinds suffered by members of that authority. And as we let our writer said: “The left has argued, because his ideals are different, rights are always together because they unite their interests. That has always been. ” Francisco Arias Solis The world is our homeland, our brothers, those who defend freedom everywhere.