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Franco may have won the war, but he lost the literature. So finds Nick Caistor in Soldiers of Salamis by Javier Cercas. Javier Cercas’s Soldados de Salamina (Soldiers of Salamis) is a hybrid, metafictional (or self-reflective) blend of fiction and fact, novel and. Soldados de Salamina: Soldiers of Salamis. Javier Cercas, Author TusQuets $ (p) ISBN Tweet. More By and About This Author.

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Untypical of a typical history book, this post modern version is divided into three sections. In a time when some voices were still just starting to be heard gain, this book clearly points out that history is merely the opinion of who tells the story, and a hero and villain can be hard to identify when faced with individual tales. Sanchez Mazas becomes a national hero and the soldier disappears into history.

How the fallen are mighty

The Spanish civil war is staggering to its inevitable conclusion. Cercas keeps telling everyone that he wants to write “a real story” about the past, and even when Conchi asks why he wants to write a story about a right-wing person instead of some “great leftist” like Garcia Lorca, he reiterates that we need to know the past from both sides. I only came to know this when I was already a grownup and working. I want to make an embarrassing confession.

Mazas’s story is the central panel of Javier Cercas’s tryptich. This site uses cookies. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Early on, he writes a brief article in his newspaper based on the retelling by Mazas’s son. Their bodies were lying in unmarked graves, and often times, unmarked mass graves. The second section is a biographical retelling of Mazas’s life. Venne scoperto da un Miliziano: Or someone, like Allende, who understands that a hero isn’t the one who kills, but the one who doesn’t kill or who lets himself get killed.


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Only when the Manichean construct of “good” Nationalists vs “bad” Republicans is shattered and exposed for the phantasm that it is, can all of Spain’s children truly come to terms with their identity and their past. I thought so too. While Franco was conducting his “Cultural cleansing program” hundreds and thousands of Spaniards were shot en masse and dumped into mass graves. A novel that, although it doesn’t feel like a conventional novel, excels thanks to its old-fashioned degree angle narrative arc: After all, it is undeniable that Javier Cercas the author has written a book entitled Soldados de Salamina ; we hold it in our hands.

Javier Cercas

I had always wanted to read more about it, but nothing ever gave me that little “push”. Memories, reflections, “lies, lies and lies” quoting Miralles. Maybe because that’s what made him different to Sanchez Mazas – because no-one deserves to die for an idea, no matter how ill-informed or cynical or dishonest.

Right, so now the Javier Cercas book starts off with him all obsessed over some pro-fascist poet who got a cushy job in Franco’s establishment before he drifted off to go and be a dissolute millionaire somewhere, and Javidr the writer’s version be more real than the real story?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A founding member of salwmina Falange, he escaped the salamiha of his collaborator Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera.

I kinda believed that the character Javier Cercas is autobiographical of the author Javier Cercas, and let’s face it, since there really -was- a pro-fascist conservative Spanish poet called Rafael Sanchez Mazas, I started to believe that the whole novel was, as the character Javier Cercas claims, “a true story”. Also, you can be a decent person for a whole lifetime, but you can’t be awe-inspiring without a break, and that’s why a hero is only a hero exceptionally, once, or at most, during a spell or insanity or inspiration.

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Other than her family, no-one knew that the source of those favours wasn’t a secret lover of Maria’s, or a supernatural power she’d always had but hadn’t thought appropriate to use until now, but rather a fugitive beggar she’d offered a little hot food one day at dawn and whom, after that mid-morning in February when he disappeared down the dirt track Worth it for the intelligence and honesty and the complex yet salamian semi-extravagance of the prose, for the approach, for the writing insight “a person doesn’t write about what he wants to write but what he’s capable of writing about” or “a jaiver never writes about what he knows, but precisely about what he doesn’t know” or “To write novels you don’t need an imagination, Bolano said, just a memory.

When a group of prisoners is taken salaamina the forest to be executed, Soldavos is able to flee and hide in the bush. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Increasingly their roles are reversed. In short the Falange, too, was betrayed by Franco, just as it had urged Franco and his ilk to betray Spain.

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Soldados de Salamina by Javier Ee. One feels that Cercas himself questions just about everything, but after reading “Anatomy of a Moment”, this is what defines him as a great writer.

Almost a few touching moments, too, toward the end.

Yet the book ends up treating him with a strange sympathy, and not only because it focuses on a moment at which—terrified, cowering in the undergrowth of a Catalan forest at the mercy of a Republican militiaman who unaccountably decides not to give him up—he is at his weakest and most vulnerable.