Huelva City - Fact 5

A SILVERY DONKEY AND NAUGHTY NUNS

Juan Ramon Jimenez, author of the hugely popular Platero y yo, prolific poet, and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1956, was born just outside Huelva. Controversially, he wrote erotic poems about his sexual experiences with nuns from the Holy Rosary Order, with whom he worked in a Madrid nursing home. The poems were only published in 2007, nearly 50 years after his death, due to his wife's disapproval. Platero y yo (platero means silvery) is a firm favourite of Spanish children's literature, and describes 'a small donkey, soft and hairy', a symbol of purity and naivety which the author uses to reflect on the simple joys of life. You can visit his house in Moguer.

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