Nueva edición de Soldados de Salamina, novela imprescindible del siglo XXI, revisada a fondo por el autor y rematada por un esclarecedor. : Soldados de Salamina / Soldiers of Salamis (Spanish Edition) ( ): Javier Cercas: Books. Nueva edición de Soldados de Salamina, novela imprescindible del siglo XXI, revisada a fondo por el autor y rematada por un esclarecedor epílogo escrito por .

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Cercas thinks many Spanish people of his generation have been reluctant to write about the Cercax War which was experienced directly by their grandparents’ generation.

Quotes from Soldados De Salamina. Previous Valencia Photos of the Month: East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. The book is put into three parts. An order comes for them to execute their nationalist prisoners, among them Sanchez Mazas, one of the ideologues whose inflamed rhetoric brought catastrophe to Spain in the first place. Nov 23, Pedro Varanda rated it really liked it.

At first, the narrator of the book believes that this scar has nothing to do with him, that it does not affect him. Perhaps we have won.

I thought so too. This dramatic episode from the last days of the Civil War sounds almost too good an inspiration to be true for a blocked writer as both narrator and author are said to have been: But of course the fact of the matter is that, unlike the book the narrator is writing, the book we are reading is neither one long lie nor completely true.

Many of the corpses of those shot who salxmina been exhumed, had their hands tied behind their backs.

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La novela tiene tres partes. He exalted time-honoured values – loyalty, courage – but practised treachery and cowardice, and contributed more than most to the brutalisation the Falange’s rhetoric inflicted on these values; he also exalted old institutions – the monarchy, the family, religion, the fatherland – but didn’t lift a finger to bring a king to Spain, ignored his family, often living apart from them, would have exchanged all of Catholicism jaavier a single canto of The Divine Comedy and as for the fatherland, well, no-one knows what the fatherland is, or maybe it’s simply an excuse for venality or sloth And yet, we are told even more often, the book that the narrator is writing is not a novel at all: Fiction that feels unlike fiction.


This part is full of everything which seemed to be missing in the first two parts: Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for Ballard osldados the balance between reality and fiction had shifted: Miralles is a veteran not only of the Spanish Civil War in which he is on the losing, Republican side but also of World War Two, in which he fights—ceaselessly, without respite—as a member of the French Foreign Legion, from North Africa to Normandy to Paris he is in the first Allied unit to liberate the French capital and on to Germany and Austria.

This is a fiction novel based on historical facts. Probably in his heart, never in his life crrcas he truly believed in anything, and least of all, in what he’d defended or preached. The branches move and he finds himself looking into the eyes of a militiaman, and faces death for the second time that day. At about the turn of the millennium, some Spaniards and ex-Spaniards speaking from exile started to say that they wanted to find the aalamina of their family members who had been victims of the Nationalists.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. As the guns fire, he escapes into the forest, and can hear a search party and their dogs hunting him down. View all 12 comments. They felt their duty was to preserve civilisation by force and avoid the catastrophe. See what he did there?

Terrific, innovative novel about forgotten heroism set against the Spanish Civil War. One of which is this one: Cercas writes in a way that is novel and exciting. The brilliance javker this book is not only in the emotional rendering of the last bit – which is pretty cool just on its own, but you realize that a lot of why people go ‘wow!

Customers who bought this item also bought. Or someone who has courage and an instinct for virtue, and therefore never makes a mistake, or at least doesn’t make a salamin the cercaw time when it matters, and therefore can’t not be a hero. The narrative in so,dados section focuses on the particulars of his escape from execution at the end of the Spanish Civil War. See, once General Francisco Franco Bahamonde had declared himself victor of the Spanish Civil war, hostility did not cease.


As Cercas points out, the events of the Spanish civil war, which took place only a generation earlier, are becoming as distant and fixed as the story of the soldiers who fought the Persian fleet at Salamis more than 2, years earlier. There’re lots of decent people: We live inside an enormous novel. This man, Antoni Miralles, will not say straight out whether he was the man or not.

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Makes you wonder how will you look back at your younger years while dying on your deathbed: Frequently he stumbles, and with self-effacing humour brushes himself off and gets back up again, so that the writing of the story itself supposedly by an alternate, unmarried Javier Cercas whose father has just died and who has ‘given up literature’ is as much a focus as its historical subject. Hermoso pasodoble el encabezado lo bailaba Millares. I won’t give things away but there is a lot to ponder here.

It is composed in a mixture of fact and fiction, which is something of a speciality of the author. But more than that, by the novel’s end we encounter a true picture of heroism, and though this last section seems clunky at times – the machinery just a little too transparent, the last pages slightly too sentimental – it is very moving. Well, the problem was that all the roads, buildings, and national monuments in the country were named in honor of the Franco dictatorship and its heroes.

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