“What will I see in a few hours? Will it really be the war? Will I see men killing each other? I sometimes get to imagine all of this is a dream and war does not exist but as a nightmare”. These are the words written by Ramón del Valle-Inclán in a manuscript notebook he carried along during his trip to French war front on May, 6th 1916. They had remained unknown, until his documentary legacy was transferred to the University of Santiago de Compostela, for the GIVIUS (Grupo de Investigación Valle-Inclán) to classify and study it, in 2009. A very small diary with black polished covers and purple fly leaves was among the five thousand pages recovered. A sort of logbook with a three dimensional value: it is the best of the documents to reconstruct the writer´s experience during that trip; it is also one of the best proofs of his writing mechanisms in the transcription of vivid events; finally, it was the lacking piece in the process to understand his two later books about I World War (En la luz del día and La Medianoche).
Prof. Margarita Santos Zas offers in El Cuaderno de Francia (1916): Manuscrito inédito de Ramón del Valle-Inclán, in a delicate and beautiful edition a preliminary study recovering the war itineraries of the writer, plus a diplomatic, critical and annotated edition of the Notebook. In addition, a facsimile of the Cuaderno de Francia itself allows the curious reader to come closer to the Galician writer´s experience. Please, visit USC Editora for more info.