Other Literary Forms
Fernando Arrabal is well known as a filmmaker; his first film, Viva la muerte (1971), is still considered to be his finest work in that medium. J. L. Borges: Una Vida de Poesía was released in 1998. He has also written a number of novels and a series of “cartas” (letters) to Spanish and International political leaders such as Francisco Franco, the king of Spain, Fidel Castro, and several Spanish prime ministers. Arrabal commissioned numerous paintings that conform to his design, published a book of photographs of New York City, and has written books as well as a regular column in L’Express on the game of chess. Arrabal has directed a number of his own plays around the world.