The Sisterhood Conspiracy of Readers
La conspiración de las lectoras
SERIES:Biblioteca de la memoria
White is an unusual detective agency founded by José Antonio Marina, whose speciality is the investigation of literary mysteries that have remained obscured by history. This book narrates one of these cases: a story brought to the attention of José Antonio Marina by Carmen Martín Gaite. From 1926 until the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, an association of women existed in Madrid, called the Lyceum Club Femenino, which “conspired to move Spain’s clock forwards” and which, quite possibly, was made up of the most brilliant generation of women in the history of Spain. Women like María de Maeztu, Victoria Kent and Hildegart were convinced that the turmoil provoked by ideological struggles could be overcome by education. This book is an exercise in historical justice, because these women have been forgotten before they were even recognised by history. The authors of this book present the lively story of a convulsive period of historical transformation, from which one question emerges: what if these women’s educational utopia had actually come to pass?
José Antonio Marina was born in 1939 in Toledo and currently lives in Madrid where he is professor of Philosophy. In 1992 he was awarded the Anagrama Essay Prize and the National Essay Prize for his first book Elogio y refutación del ingenio. His definition of essay-writing involves this approach: "To think like a scientist and write like a poet who is also a crime-writer.