Carles Fages de Climent (Figueres, 1902-1968) was a poet, fiction writer and playwright.
He embarked on his literary career when he started to participate in the Jocs Florals literary competitions of Figueres, Girona, Barcelona and elsewhere, in which he received several prizes.
When he was studying at the University of Barcelona he came into contact with intellectuals of the urban-based, anti-modernist Noucentista movement and was to become a close friend and faithful follower of Eugeni d'Ors. The Noucentista influence runs through his work, which is shaped by the physical and human geography of the Empordà region. His collections of poems Les bruixes de Llers (The Witches of Llers, 1924), with illustrations by Salvador Dalí; Balada del sabater d'Ordis (Ballad of the Shoemaker of Ordis, 1954), his most representative work; and Somni de cap de Creus (Dream of the Cap de Creus, 2003) offer clear examples of this. His sonnets, collected in the book Sonets (Primer i segon llibre) (Sonnets (First and Second Book), 1979) show a style of classical influence that contrasts with other more popular-traditional works such as Epigrames (Epigrams, 2002).
In prose, his major work is the fictional biography Climent (1933), while also notable are his writings for such cultural publications as La Revista and Revista de poesia as well as for several dailies (El Dia de Terrassa, La Vanguardia, Diario de Barcelona, etc.). Among his works for the stage is his re-creation of popular songs and legends in the play La dama d'Aragó (The Lady of Aragon, 1955).
Web page: Francesc Viñas for AELC.
Translation: Julie Wark.
Photographs from the book Carles Fages de Climent (1902-1968). Poètica i mítica de l'Empordà (Carles Fages de Climent (1902-1968): Poetics and Myths of the Empurdà). Figueres: BRAU Edicions, 2002.