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Juan Gil-Albert
(1904 - 1993) Spain

Juan Gil-Albert

Writer

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Even if legal prohibition of homosexuality was less explicit under Francoism than in many less repressive regimes, what the legal system did not enforce was achieved through intense homophobia in every power structure.

Gil-Albert is therefore an exception, and his work becomes more extraordinary. He left for Mexico and Argentina, but returned to Spain in 1947, unable to continue living far from his homeland. He lived for almost thirty years in quite complete isolation. In those years he worked constantly on a number of books encompassing narrative, poetry, memoirs and essays, that he felthe would never see published.

It was only in the 1980s that he received attention from the critics and many of his books became widely available. In spite of his outspokennes, homosexuality was never an aspect of his life that was dealt with by critics. In many of his works he discusses homosexuality openly. In several interviews after Franco's death, Gil-Albert was always willing to discuss his and other people's homosexuality.

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Source: excerpts from: Aldrich R. & Wotherspoon G., Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History, from WWII to Present Day, Routledge, London, 2001

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