Gonçal Castelló (Gandia, La Safor, 1912 - Barcelona, 2003). Lawyer, journalist and writer.
Bachelor's Degree in Law and Humanities. At an early age he entered the Comunist Youth and participated in the Spanish Civil War, reaching a high rank in the Republican Army. At the end of the war he was sentenced to six years in prison. Once released, he was forced to live in Madrid.
He wrote articles, always with a Catalan and left-wing perspective, in the scarce publications permited in Catalan language, which years later were compiled in titles such as Viure a Madrid: cròniques des de l'altiplà (1973) and Dia a dia des dels Països Catalans (1977). He wrote the novels Sumaríssim d'urgència (1978), inspired by his own experience during the post-war period and La clau d'un temps (1982), a political and social insight of the early XXth Century Valencia, awarded the Ciutat de València-Jaume Roig. He also published short stories, such as Un sopar de roders (1978) and Terra guanyada i altres contes (1985), amongst others.
He participated, in 1977, in the foundation of the Associació d'Escriptors en Llengua Catalana, of which he was appointed a honorary member.
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