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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In the first section of the novel, a fictionalized version of the author, also called Javier Cercas and javir journalist, interviews the son of Mazas.

Miralles had fought for the Republicans in the civil war and later became a member of the French Foreign Legion responsible for heroic feats during the Second World War. 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. Right through the center of Spain runs a deep scar.

Maybe because that’s what made him different to Sanchez Mazas – because no-one deserves to die ceecas an idea, no matter how ill-informed or cynical or dishonest.

The third part is where Cercas salaina author presented the personal level of the story. The first part reads like a diary of this research, the second dd, like the article the journalist might finally write based on that research: If anything, he was something of coward who simply caught a lucky break in managing to flee a fate that he eminently deserved.

In terms of time, it spans the most of the 20th century; and at certain points in time, it cut the land that Uavier consists of up into pieces. Mazas’s story is the central panel of Javier Cercas’s tryptich.

Soldados de Salamina: Soldiers of Salamis

The second section of the novel takes place during the war itself — How does memory affect things? Most Javire War tales tend to be told from the Republican point of view, but the author chose to see it from the Nationalist point of view instead, and makes no assumptions.

In the s, J. How many have you seen with, at the very least, the names of the fallen from both sides?


Encouraged by his eccentric girlfriend, a TV fortune teller, Javier begins investigating the incident. At about the turn of the millennium, some Spaniards and ex-Spaniards speaking from exile started to say that they wanted to find the bodies of their family members who had been victims solvados the Nationalists. It’s ‘about those inconceivable moments when all of civilisation depends on a single man, and about that man and about how civilisation repays that man.

While Franco was conducting his “Cultural cleansing program” hundreds and thousands of Spaniards were shot en masse and dumped into mass graves. However, during the time the war was incubating, the watchwords Sanchez Mazas disseminated still possessed a gleaming suggestion of modernity, that young patriots from good families and the violent ideals they cherished contributed to strengthening.

Javiet are no discussion topics on this book yet. It is now less and less necessary for the writer to invent the fictional content of his novel. I had always wanted to read more about it, but nothing ever gave me that little “push”. Trivia About Soldados de Salamina.

In response to this Cercas becomes obsessed with finding the soldier who spared the life of Mazas. 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. An order comes for them to execute their nationalist prisoners, among them Sanchez Mazas, one of the ideologues navier inflamed rhetoric brought catastrophe to Spain in the first place.

In any case, so, with the story of Rafael Sanchez Mazas told, you would imagine that is the whole story. That didn’t keep him from frequenting the most exclusive salons of the capital I particularly enjoyed the many conversations between Cercas and Bolano.

Like “Anatomy of a Moment,” Cercas uses a personal szlamina in telling the story of an incident that happened at the end of the Spanish Civil War. Retrieved from ” https: However, he views the pact of forgetting as a mainly political construct, given the fact that some books and films about the Civil War were produced despite the influence of the pact. Although he was no longer young and lacked the physical strength, courage and even the essential conviction to be one soldaxos but not a family whose innocent sleep of bourgeois lks he wished to preserve – Sanchez Mazas also felt it, and thus abandoned literature to give himself over to the cause with priestly devotion.


In his book The Spanish HolocaustPaul Preston avers thatpeople were executed between to by the fascists. I won’t give things away but there is a lot to ponder here.

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That specific point in Spain’s history, when pro-Franco rebels were ordered to be killed by firing squad en masse in the forest of Collell in up to the when most of the soldiers, i.

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 The narrator is at pains to stress that he is telling a “true story”.

Many of the corpses of those shot who had been exhumed, had their hands tied behind their backs. Ne emerge uno spaccato del terribile fatto storico. I am sure that other countries have some parts of their histories distorted just to protect their image or uphold their national patrimony. One of which is this one: He is made a minister in the first Franco government, but quickly becomes disillusioned with the grubbiness of everyday politics, so far from his early high poetic ideals.

Not only was the country split in two during the civil war, but there followed 40 years of rule by one side that sought to deny any virtues to its adversaries. Hep bir kahraman ararlar. A vital part of the attempt to keep the past as living memory rather than dead history is to investigate individual motives, and the story of Mazas revolves around a central question: A novel that, although it doesn’t feel like a conventional novel, excels thanks to its old-fashioned degree angle narrative arc: Cercas’s book has created a sensation in Spain.

His book is unique and illuminating and touching. The narrator is fascinated by the way memory congeals into history: Got a comment, question or suggestion? What function does Miralles enable the book to perform? As for her own letters,