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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Fill in your details soldadoz or click an icon to log in: Hep bir kahraman ararlar. Worth it for the intelligence and honesty and the complex yet clear 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 writer never writes about what he knows, but precisely about what he doesn’t know” or “To write novels you slaamina need an imagination, Bolano said, just a memory.

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.

Cancel reply Enter your comment here So when the narrator, also named Javier Cercas, claims to have done the same, we tend to believe him. A moment of javifr shared gaze between a fleeing fascist and a Republican, who chose not to pull the trigger is the centre, along with the certainty that men are men, never heroes in war.


Skip to content In the final moments of the Spanish Civil War, fifty prominent Nationalist prisoners are executed by firing squad.

Those who died Falangists, were heroes, but those who died Republicans were reviled as vermin. Nel un giornalista intervista uno scrittore, che gli racconta la singolarissima vicenda del proprio padre, tra i fondatori della falange, ‘fucilato’ nella zona dei Pirenei dove, verso la fine della Guerra Civile Spagnola, molti Repubblicani fuggivano verso la Solvados con un carico di prigionieri.

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 of the Nationalists.

Javier Cercas

Can the writer’s version be more real than the real story? At that time the young Falangists felt they were that squad of soldiers. No trivia or quizzes yet. Notify me of new posts via email. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He practised politics, but deep down always scorned them.

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Spanish novels novels Spanish Civil War novels. This part is full of everything which seemed to be missing in the first two parts: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The third part is where Cercas the author presented the personal level of the story. I want to make an embarrassing confession. Retrieved 24 November The second section is a biographical retelling of Mazas’s life.

And that Sanchez Mazas lived on as an ineffectual, neutered puppet to the regime he had helped engender is fitting punishment; that he did his best to help his forest friends goes at least some way towards redeeming him and proving the lone soldier’s actions right. And it proves again, from a rare perspective, the words of Simon Bolivar: What is history after all? Suffice it to say that inSpain passed a new law. 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.


Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. About as ancient and as far removed as the battle of Salamis had been.

Soldados de Salamina: Soldiers of Salamis

All the right-wingers whose family members died in the right-vs. Soldadis 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 doldados it is very moving.

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