Baltasar Porcel was classified by the Liaison Office of Franco's government as a writer of "separatist" ideas. This paper details the content of the 1965-1972 Porcel dossier, kept by the repressive Francoist regime, and compares it with a detailed analysis of his non-fiction works during that period. The main purpose of this paper is to present the intellectual project designed by Porcel in a context of new awareness of the situation and a general debate regarding Catalonia's position and role in Spain. Porcel's published books (travel, interviews, literary articles, columns, essays) can be used to identify more precisely his ideological affiliation during the late Francoist era. Porcel was clearly not a "separatist". As a writer and polemicist during that period, Porcel wrote from a sui generis leftist Catalanist perspective, seeking to shape Catalan and Spanish public opinion for two reasons: To systematically demystify bourgeois Catalanism from a more progressive perspective; and to build bridges of dialogue with intellectuals in the rest of Spain and improve how Catalonia is known and understood beyond its borders.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2016|