"These pages are a fragment from "Pleasant Memories" which Marquis de Bradomin, already very old, began to write while inexile. A charming Don Juan. Perhaps the most charming! He was unsightly, a Catholic and sentimental."
In this way Ramon del Valle-Inclan defines his tetralogy “Sonatas. The Pleasant Memoirs of the Marquis de Bradomin" (1902-1905) which represents the seasons of the year and corresponding stages of man.
The "Sonatas" were written in a tone of refiend and elegant decadence. Just in this work Valle Inclán best revealed his art and personal style: poetical, evocative and delightful.
Ramon del Valle-Inclan (1866 – 1936) was a Spanish novelist, playwright, poet and an eminent member of the Spanish Generation of '98.
An eccentric who cultivated bizarre legends about himself, Ramon del Valle-Inclan published a collection of sensational, erotic tales, "Femeninas" (1895). He also used himself as the model for the old libertine hero of his "Sonatas" (1902-1905).
His early writings were in line with French symbolism and modernism and his later evolution took his works to most radical formal experiments.