Fernando Arrabal

Fernando Arrabal

Writer
Country: France

Content:
  1. Biography of Fernando Arrabal
  2. Childhood (1932-1946)
  3. The Spanish Civil War and the Disappearance of His Father
  4. Early Education and Moving to Madrid
  5. Recognition as a Gifted Child

Biography of Fernando Arrabal

Childhood (1932-1946)

Fernando Arrabal, the son of artist Fernando Arrabal Ruiz and Carmen Gonzalez, was born in Melilla on August 11, 1932.

The Spanish Civil War and the Disappearance of His Father

On July 17, 1936, a rebellion against the constitutional government of the Second Spanish Republic broke out, marking the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. Fernando Arrabal's father remained loyal to the ideals of the republic and was subsequently sentenced to death. However, the sentence was soon commuted to a 30-year imprisonment. After some time, Arrabal's father was transferred to another prison, where he attempted to take his own life. Finally, on December 4, 1941, he was sent to a psychiatric clinic. It was later revealed that his mental disorders were merely an act, intended to secure a transfer to a facility with weakened security. On December 29, 1941, Fernando Arrabal's father escaped from the hospital in his pajamas. Despite a year-long search, he was never seen again.

Early Education and Moving to Madrid

In 1936, Fernando and his mother moved to Ciudad Rodrigo. In the same year, Fernando enrolled in a local Catholic school, where he studied until 1940. After the end of the civil war, he and his mother moved to Madrid.

Recognition as a Gifted Child

In 1941, Fernando Arrabal was recognized as a gifted child and continued his education at a church school called Las Escuelas Pías de San Antón, where famous figures like Victor Hugo and Jacinto Benavente had also studied. Later, Arrabal attended another Madrid college, Colegio Padres Escolapios de Getafe.

© BIOGRAPHS