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Readers also enjoyed. His proto-existentialist writings were lauded by Nietzsche and Schopenhauer. He studied at a Jesuit school in and and theology in Zaragoza. He was ordained in and took his final vows in He assumed the vows of the Jesuits in and dedicated himself to teaching in various Jesuit schools. He spent time in Huesca, where he befriended the local scholar Vincencio Juan de Lastanosa, who helped him achieve an important milestone in his intellectual upbringing.
He acquired fame as a preacher, although some of his oratorical displays, such as reading a letter sent from Hell from the pulpit, were frowned upon by his superiors. During the Spanish war with Catalonia and France, he was chaplain of the army that liberated Lleida in This attracted the Society's displeasure. His demand was not met, but his sanction was eased off: in April of he was sent to several minor positions under the College of Tarazona.
The Aragonese village where he was born Belmonte de Calatayud , changed its name to Belmonte de Gracian in his honour. As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of young ad Read more Trivia About El Discreto.
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One of its fundamental characteristics is the dense network of references condensed in each of his words. But they reflect most of all an abundant number of very real lectures, an eager desire for information and communication, and a notable — and so very Jesuit — capacity for being au courant of the events and changes of the age. And, on top of all that, he speaks to us in a very high standard of prose, capable of the most refined agudeza, where the will towards style defines also a complex moral attitude. These texts can be regarded the keystone of Spanish Baroque literature, and perhaps this is why they possess, as Aurora Egido says, "a constant exercise of what is today called intertextuality, both thematic, conceptual and stylistic, very much in harmony with the practices inherited from the age of Humanism".