2. Creative Beginnings in Almodóvar's Work1

  1. Marvin D'Lugo and
  2. Kathleen M. Vernon
  1. Francisco A. Zurian

Published Online: 21 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118325360.ch2

A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar

A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar

How to Cite

Zurian, F. A. (2013) Creative Beginnings in Almodóvar's Work1 , in A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar (eds M. D'Lugo and K. M. Vernon), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118325360.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405195829

Online ISBN: 9781118325360



  • Almodóvar;
  • creativity;
  • Relatos;
  • short stories


Pedro Almodóvar's short stories have received little critical attention, yet they contain key elements of his authorial aesthetic, his approach to narrative, and themes that later resonate in his cinematic work. This chapter examines some of his unpublished texts held in the general collection at Madrid's Biblioteca Nacional. The chapter sheds some critical light on the early stories, many of which are crude, unstructured, and lacking in literary merit, but full of freshness, an absence of restraint, and the pure creativity and imaginative gifts that characterize his later work. “‘The Visit’ and ‘The Advertisement,’ two of the stories from Relatos, announce distinct but related aspects of Almodóvar's creative enterprise which will continue throughout his career to date”. Relatos speaks to us about Almodóvar's awakening to the world of creativity and shows us how his universe is already present from the first step of his journey.