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Madariaga, Salvador de

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(1886-1978) Spanish diplomat and man of letters who spent much of his life after 1916 in the UK and Switzerland, in particular between 1936 and 1975, during the rule of General Franco (1892-1975). In his sf novel, The Sacred Giraffe: Being the Second Volume of the Posthumous Works of Julio Arceval (1925), which is set in 6922 CE, the Blacks – who have survived much history, including the submergence of Europe – argue over the possibility that Whites ever actually existed (see Race in SF). Their hierarchical and monogamous state of Ebony – which is in Africa – is ruled by women (see Feminism; Women in SF). The book's various Satirical points are generally directed at UK culture. Sir Bob (1930) is a fantasy for children, though its mildly satirical implications are clearly intended for the delectation of adults. De Madariaga either wrote both works initially in English or translated them himself. [JC]

Salvador De Madariaga y Rojo

born Coruña, Spain: 23 July 1886

died Locarno, Switzerland: 14 December 1978



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