In 1967, the publisher Aguilar commissioned Max Aub to write the biography of his companion of generation and Mexican exile: the filmmaker Luis Buñuel. When Aub died, on July 22, 1972, he left on his desk 5000 typewritten pages, the result of an unfinished project that went beyond a typical biography and reflects the synthesis of a generation of Spanish artists marked by three wars and exile that had lasted over 30 years. One third of this material was composed of Aub´s transcripts of interview with Buñuel and his family, friends and colleagues. Another third was formed by other texts, contemporany documents, surrealistic materials, quotes, timelines, old movie reviews and press clippings. Finally, there were the collected works of Luis Buñuel, Aub notes for the foreseeable prologue, his reflections on Surrealism, on his generation and the book itself that must be titled Luis Buñuel, novela. This combined materials reflected the ultramodern aubiana conception of narrative genre: a character constructed from a mosaic of different visions and materials. This conception comes from the vanguards in Aub that began in his youth, but against who had revolted from the disagreement of 36 for his supposed abstraction of reality, the suffering of the people, in a time of war, dictatorships and painful exile.
The Aub´s ‘buñueliana’ adventure through three fundamental points (Madrid, Residencia de Estudiantes, forging a generation; París, avant-garde of the world; Mexico, the forgotten exile and two absences (Calanda, the sign of tradition; Valencia, the imposible return) between three heartbreaking conflicts (the two world wars and the Spanish Civil war), and means the writer´s reconciliation with avant-garde, thanks to understanding of surrealism comitted to always guided Buñuel.
Work on this project motivated, after 30 years, Aub´s first trip to an unrecognizable Spain that had already been emancipated from that forgotten and distant in time and space generation. Luis Buñuel, novela consumed the last forces of Max Aub, who died in exile trying to understand the labyrinth of the damned, the drama that had been condemned.