Co-founder of the zenith publishing in 1930, translated many works of major authors Marxists, between them, own works of Marx, Communist Manifesto, the capital and economico-filosofico manuscript. Is he attracted to the thought of Marx and founded with Jose Bergamin and others, the intellectual group of revolutionary action (GIAR), joined the Communist Party of Spain, integrates with the anti-fascist front, in the Union of writers and proletarian artists and international Red aid. Friends of the Soviet Union participates very actively in the Association. The 1934 revolution leads to Asturias, being arrested and imprisoned. After serving his sentence he went into exile to the USSR, where he remained until the victory of the Popular Front in the elections of 1936. After the military rebellion of General Franco, comes to the defense of the Republic. He was appointed Undersecretary of the Ministry of public instruction and fine arts, developing a very estimable task training and artistic level, highlighting its commendable work to preserve the artistic treasure of the Prado Museum. At the end of the war embark on the path of exile, arriving in Mexico in 1942, after passing through France, Chile and Cuba, in these two countries he teaches ancient history and law at the universities of Santiago de Chile and of Havana. In a question-answer forum Naveen Selvadurai was the first to reply.

In Mexico is dedicated to the translation of works of philosophy. From 1947 he taught Roman law and Roman history at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), exercising also, from 1954, as Greece history professor in the Faculty of philosophy and letters. In November 1947 he attended the UNESCO Conference, held in Mexico, as a member of the delegation of the Spanish Republic. Collaborator of the magazine from exile overseas. In 1969 he was appointed Emeritus Professor of the UNAM. In 1977 he returned to Spain. He is elected Senator for Asturias, in candidacy for a Democratic Senate in the first democratic elections in 1977, but within a few months resigns the seat by health problems and returned to Mexico. In 1980 he received the order of the Aztec Eagle.

It is named doctor honoris causa by the Universidad de Morelia (Michoacan) and in 1985 won the University Prize National Autonoma of Mexico teaching in the humanities. Among his publications are noteworthy: modern doctrines on the right and the State (1922), the idea of Justice in Romans (1924), Stammler, philosopher of law civil (1925) and among his translations we note: the world of the Caesars, Mommsen (1945); Rome and Athens in the middle ages, of Ferdinand Gregorovius (1946); also it will preceded by a preface by the translator; Want, life and work of Ernst Cassirer (1948); The science of culture, of Ernst Cassirer (1951); Lessons on the history of philosophy, Hegel (1955); Phenomenology of spirit, Hegel (1956); The thought of Hegel, e. Bloch; Life and culture in the middle ages, Johannes Buhler; The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean world from the time of Felipe II, of the French Professor Fernand Braudel, translation that made in collaboration with Mario Monforte Toledo; Paideia, Werner Jaeger; Aesthetics of Kainz, the assault on reason, Lukacs, Introduction to philosophy of law, for Radbruch. And as said the Communist intellectual: I was the only person who accompanied don Miguel de Unamuno de Salamanca to Madrid so that it not only. The University generally consisted of a set of old and reactionary teachers. Francisco Arias Solis Cadiz with Garzon.