from the Wikipedia (Catalan):
Rafael Tasis i Marca (Barcelona, March 9, 1906 – Paris, December 4, 1966) was a Catalan writer and politician, librarian and owner of a family printing shop.
In 1922 he began his [magazine] contributions to La Mainada, directed by Avel·lí Artís i Balaguer, and to l’Estevet, by Manuel Carrasco i Formiguera, and later on in La Publicitat, Mirador, Revista de Catalunya, Serra d’Or, and many others.
During the 1930s he was the secretary general of the youth organization of [the political party] Acció Catalana Republicana, and from 1937 to 1938 he was appointed director general of the correctional services [prisons] of the Generalitat de Catalunya [Catalan regional government]. In 1939 he went to exile in Paris, but he returned in 1948. Even though he still worked as a correspondent for the exiles, contributing to magazines published outside of Spain, such as La Nostra Revista, Pont Blau, Quaderns de l’Exili, Vida Nova, Catalunya, and others, with the pseudonym of Pere Bernat or Blanquerna.
At the same time he boosted new cultural ideas and, managing the book and printing shop founded by his father, he published translations of French and English novels and anthologies.
The Catalan writers’ association has got this interesting page on Tasis’ life and work in English.
Two unpublished works by Tasis were brought out in 2015.
The publisher’s summary for Muntaner, 4 [street address in Barcelona], 232 p.:
Muntaner, 4 offers a fresco of Barcelona life on the eve of the outbreak of the [Spanish civil] war and the 1936 revolution and of the months afterwards. A choral novel in which the whole action takes place in the house of no. 4, Muntaner street of Barcelona, and which interweaves into it the experiences of those who live there together. Their stories capture the beats of a of a boiling metropolis and build up to a microcosm of the middle classes of those hopeful and convulsed years.
Polyhedral and modern in its use of a narrative technique of multiple, intertwined plots, Muntaner, 4 portrays rightfully the changes that in the middle of the war came about in public life and in the daily morals, open to the European winds. In the round of intertwined stories, in which the sexual relations are quite important, Tasis shows himself attentive to a precise rendering of the urban geography of Barcelona and, through the varied mosaic of characters, of the most relevant historic events.
Unpublished until now, surrounded by an aureole of legend, Ensiola recuperates one of the first novels of Catalan letters –that Tasis left unfinished– about the years of the Second Republic and the war of 1936-1939.
Pere Guixà, literary critic:
The literary value of this novel, that was written nearly at the same time as the events described by it, is not less than its historical value.
SOURCE: Wikipedia; Ensiola (publisher); review in “Cultura/s,” La Vanguardia, Nov. 26, 2016