2000 0-7734-7851-5 Juan Benet was one of the most influential contemporary Spanish novelists. Due to his emphasis on the importance of style and the process of creation, Benet has been called the father of Spanish modern narrative. Though the literary criticism devoted to Benet’s work is extensive, this is the first in-depth study of Una meditación. It explains the complex world of the novel by examining its narrative structure and techniques such as the plot, role of characters, narrator’s point of view, and the treatment of time and space. There is also an introduction to the Spanish post-war political and literary climate to emphasize Benet’s innovative role as a novelist and the social and political reality that influenced his works.