ISSN 2542-1077 (Print)
ISSN 1994-5973 (Online)
Literature of the peoples of the world
|Saint Petersburg State University|
the XX century Catalan literature
Summary: The relevance of the article is caused by the appeal to the work of the famous Catalan poet of the XX
century Salvador Espriu, little-studied in Russia. The category of space in the cycle of Espriu’s “Cemetery of Sinera”
is analyzed by means of biographical and historical-literary methods, using studies of national and foreign researchers.
The compositional basis of the collection is the journey of the lyrical hero through the fictional Sinera, endowed with
features of a real Catalan seaside town of Arenys, where the poet spent his childhood and where his ancestors lived. The
cosy homeland, separated from the rest of the world by sea and mountains, which is at the same time part of the vast
expanse of the Mediterranean, has become synonymous with an idealized happy life, ruined by the Spanish Civil War
and the events that followed it. Although the poet’s gaze is fixed on the past, the grammatical emphasis on the present
and the future points to the continuity, reinforcing the hope that the next generation will not shrug off history. Despite the fact that the work is dominated by the subjective and lyrical component, the author managed to touch on civilian issues and find a response from a wide range of readers.