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.

Author: Fenriktilar Malashicage
Country: Turkmenistan
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Politics
Published (Last): 1 October 2011
Pages: 426
PDF File Size: 16.72 Mb
ePub File Size: 1.86 Mb
ISBN: 983-2-12048-767-1
Downloads: 53011
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Kizahn

No wonder Soldados de Salamina had such success when it was published in You know that Hemingway covered the Spanish Civil War as a correspondent and he, together with George Orwell, sided with the Republican government. View all 6 comments. Now, if history bores you, the book is actually divided into 3 parts: This novel truly deserves all those stars.

Retrieved 24 November The narrator is fascinated by the way memory congeals into history: Novels are written by combining recollections”for the Spanish Civil War education, and especially for the portrait of Bolano, including what’s basically an interview with him fercas man of action is frustrated writer; if Don Quijote had written one single book of chivalry he never would have been Don Quijote” and a drunkenly related tale about a WWII soldier’s journey to Chad in Africa and all the way back through Europe, a story reminescent of some of the best parts of that spurs the final section cercae makes this book, in the narrator’s words, “function.


I tho Right through the center of Spain runs a deep scar. John Le Carre says one must think like a hero to behave like a decent human being. It is rare to read a Civil War book which such a lack of prejudice. About as ancient and as far removed as the battle of Salamis had been.

The fiction is already there. That is, once Javier Cercas the character starts to look for Miralles.

Javier Cercas

Also didn’t love the characterization of the dippy girlfriend, and maybe thought repetitions of sentences in the summation at the end seemed maybe a bit like high-literary hokiness?

In the political arena, the Law of Historical Memory of attempted to move on from the pact of forgetting adopted by the Spanish at the time of the transition to democracy. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Cercas, the struggling novelist, tried to identify who that militiaman was and what went on right at that moment inside that person’s mind that made him decide not to kill the poet. Soldados de Salamina was adapted by the director and screenwriter David Truebapremiering in Spain on March 21, Refresh and try again.

You are commenting using your WordPress.

Review: Soldiers of Salamis by Javier Cercas | Books | The Guardian

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Our teachers did not teach us at least in the provincial public elementary school where I came from that it was actually Aguinaldo who ordered the execution of Bonifacio. Uomini nella Storia Valutazione assegnata dopo lunga indecisione cercqs le tre e le quattro stelle.


Franco then induced a sort of ‘national amnesia’ in which everyone had to conspire in hiding the ugly truth of his brutality, lest they themselves became victims of it.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Want to Read saving…. Notify me of new comments via email.

Menu Skip to content. Also posted in here. About 4 months ago, I knew pretty much nothing about the Spanish Civil War.

How the fallen are mighty

Sanchez Mazas’s cause, the ‘moral and aesthetic def The word ‘revolution’ gets bandied about a lot, often without context and usually with positive intonations, as though the act of revolt itself were somehow desirable. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Cercas comes to believe that Miralles was the soldier who saved Mazas from execution.

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.