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Raimon Casellas i Dou (b. Barcelona 1855) died, almost certainly by suicide, in 1910. The motives for his premature death can be read between the lines of his 1901 novel Dark Vales (Els sots feréstecs). He published two collections of short stories (Les multituds: 1906; Llibre d’històries: 1909). Casellas was an art historian, critic and a leading figure in Catalan Modernisme, which aspired to set Catalan culture on the same cosmopolitan footing as the advanced national cultures of contemporary Europe.
Alan Yates' first English translation of Dark Vales allows English readers to appreciate the work of one of the most important Catalan authors of his period.