Luis Martin-Santos, a Spanish psychiatrist, was killed in a car crash last year at the age of 40. He had published a number of psychiatric works—he was first influenced by existential psychoanalysis and not until many years later studied Freud, whose works are still officially banned in Spain—when in 1962 he published his only novel, Time of Silence. This was immediately acclaimed as one of the most significant recent descriptions of post-war Spain. Among his papers after his death were found, with notes for future theoretical works, some thirty fables or ‘apologues’ (the title Martin-Santos gave them) which have not previously been published. In their concern with the essence of inter-personal relationships and the opacity on the far side of logic these fables recall Kafka’s short prose pieces. Thanks are due to his literary executors for allowing nlr to be the first to publish a selection of these.
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