Other literary forms
By the end of 1981, first editions of Ramón José Sender’s books, exclusive of an anthology of selections from his works, numbered ninety-six. At the time of his death early in 1982, Destino, the Barcelona publishing house, had scheduled for publication two new novels by Sender; an additional manuscript of a novel, appropriately titled “Toque de Queda” (“Taps”), was found among his papers, ready for publication.
Depending on one’s criteria for the determination of literary genre (in Sender’s case, a task made all but impossible by the author’s disdain for such classifications and his deliberate attempts, at times, to blur traditional genre distinctions), Sender’s total production of ninety-nine books (including the three unpublished novels) could be described as including sixty-four novels or novellas, seven collections of short stories, five works of drama, two volumes of poetry, and twenty-one books of essays, personal narratives, and journalistic articles. Almost all of this last category consists of material published earlier in newspaper articles or in Sender’s literary column, “Los libros y los días” (books and days), which was syndicated in Spanish-language newspapers throughout Latin America from early in the 1950’s until the author’s death. More than eight hundred articles appeared in “Los libros y los días.”