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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The character of Miralles, then, though presented as part of a paean to memory and the power of testimony, in fact functions within the novel to help us forget its own portrayal of Falangism. So anyway, after Franco died, Spain was lucky enough to have had good King Juan Carlos named by Franco as his successor, and as we all know, he was a spanking good chap who helped Spain along soldadoz even through a second right-wing coup attempt on its teetering legs towards Democracy.

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Wait, in the first place, do we always need to? Not the character in the book, ha ha. I am sure that other countries have some parts of their histories distorted just to protect their image or uphold their national patrimony.

Learn how your comment data is processed. During the interview Cercas is told the story of how Mazas’s escapes from execution by the Republicans at the end of the Spanish Civil War with the help of a lone soldier.

Probably by then he no longer believed in anything.


For it is not just left-wing revolutions that are betrayed: Notify me of new posts via email. At first, the narrator of the book believes that this scar has javiet to do with him, that it does not affect him.

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Paperbackpages. He said that before he wrote this book, he thought the Spanish Civil War had nothing to do with him; ancient history, as he saw it. I only realized this, I think, when I read some interview with Javier Cercas the author. I tho Right through the center of Spain runs a deep scar. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Mazas hears the shots but, realising he has only been wounded, escapes into the woods. 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. This becomes the premise for the book. View all 11 comments. Soldiers of Salamina film. The first part reads like a diary of this research, the second part, like the article the journalist might finally write based on that research: The narrator is at pains to stress that he is telling a “true story”.

How does memory affect things? In the first part, we meet the narrator, also called “Javier Cercas”, who disarmingly admits from the start that he is a failure as husband and writer.

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No wonder Soldados de Salamina had such success when it jjavier published in Better therefore, as antidote to such salaminw memories, to invent a caricature hero, indelibly scarred but indefatigable warrior for all the right causes. 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 havier has ‘given up literature’ is as much a focus as its historical subject.

In the end, Soldiers of Salamis remains firmly in this tradition, while offering a gentle and often moving reassertion that individual lives and actions matter most, however overwhelming the historical circumstances may seem.

Hep bir kahraman ararlar.

Makes you wonder how will you look back at your younger years while dying on your deathbed: At that time [Falangist leader] Jose Antonio was very fond of quoting a phrase of Oswald Spengler’s; cercad at the eleventh hour it had always been a squad of soldiers that had saved civilisation.

One feels that Sallamina himself questions just about everything, but after reading “Anatomy of a Moment”, this is what defines him as a great writer.

As Cercas tells us, “there is a monument to the war dead in every town in Spain.