Celso Emilio Ferreiro Míguez

Pseudonym: He used the pseudonym 'Arístides Silveira' when he published in Caracas Cantigas de escarnio e maldicir.
Category: Writer
Birth Date: 6th January 1912 († 31st August 1979)
Birth Place: Celanova (Ourense)

In 1934, he founded the Federation of Galician Youth (Federación de Mocedades Galeguistas), which fought against what is not about Galicia. He studied Law in Compostela and Oviedo. In 1966, he emigrated to Venezuela and came back to Spain in 1973. He edited the Section of Galician Culture at the Cultural Centre in Madrid for some time. He also collaborated in the newspaper ABC as Literary critic.

 Work & Activities

When he was 21 he published his first book titled Cartafol de poesía. In 1954 he published O soño sulagado. His book Longa noite de pedra is a great event for Galician poetry. It is a social-poetry book that attacks imperialism and the system oppressing freedom. In 1968 he published Viaxe ao país dos ananos, which is a satire against Galician people in emigration who are not social-conscious and only look for richness and their own profit. Celso Emilio Ferreiro used the satire again in the books Paco Pixiñas (1970) and Cemiterio privado (1973). His book Antipoemas was also satirical. It was first written in Galician language but it was censored. In 1971 he won an international poetry-prize with this book translated into Castilian language and it was published the following year. In his poetry he normally used sarcastic humour, anglicisms and so forth. In 1969 he published Terra de ningures about life in exile. Onde o mundo se chama Celanova (1975) is a book of lyrical poems about his native town. As far as his narrative production is concerned, he published A fronteira infinda (1972) and A taberna do galo (1978). Celso Emilio Ferreiro normally wrote in Galician language but he also wrote some poetry books in Castilian language: .Al aire de tu vuelo (Pontevedra, 1941), Baladas, cantigas y donaires (Pontevedra, 1947), Voz y voto (Montevideo, 1955) and others.

 Other Interesting Aspects

The Galician Academy dedicated him ?O Día das Letras Galegas? (The Day of the Galcian Letters) in 1989.