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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The book ends with the narrator triumphantly certain that, whether or not Miralles was soldaxos man in question, on the javied of his own fiction he is the perfect fit to help “complete the mechanism” of his book, and in so doing rescue from oblivion all the “soldiers of Salamis” – the warriors who were heroes despite knowing they were fighting an already lost cause. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: I knew from prior reading on the subject that some mass graves have already been exhumed, but ceecas I wanted to look up on salaminaa due to my conversation with Wastrel, I found this articlewhich, by its implications, tells us that the scar running through the Spanish psyche is far from being healed.

But otherwise a really excellent, enjoyable, educational, interestingly structured, serious yet never haughty novel that, best of all, felt to me unlike a novel “all good tales are true tales, at least for those who read them”. Why did he spare him?

But the unknown soldier simply turns and walks away. But more than that, by the novel’s end we encounter a true picture of heroism, and though this last section seems clunky jxvier times – the machinery just a little too transparent, the last pages slightly too sentimental – it is very moving. He inherits money, and lives out his days as a frustrated writer, pursued by dreams of glory and heroism, so lacking in his own life.

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Some very good stuff here. Salamnia all 11 comments. Books by Javier Cercas. The book is a moving tall on a subject close to my heart. For several days, the Falange leader hides out in the forests, helped by some deserters from the Republican side, and then is rescued by Franco’s troops.

Memories, reflections, “lies, lies and lies” quoting Miralles. I kinda believed that the character Javier Cercas is autobiographical of the author Javier Cercas, and let’s face it, since there really -was- a pro-fascist conservative Spanish poet called Rafael Sanchez Mazas, I started to believe that the whole novel was, as the character Javier Cercas claims, “a true story”.

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. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Franco also averred that they were “anti-Spain” and of course, the fact that they were secularist osldados help their case.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. This is a skilled look at history, writing, and reflections on the nature of war that one needs to read. 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.

So when the narrator, also named Javier Cercas, claims to have done the same, we tend to believe him. This site uses cookies.

Now I recently listened to a podcast interview with Cercas, and even in his Epilogue to the edition, I was puzzled. 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. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. 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.

And yet, we are told even more often, the book that the narrator is writing is not a novel at all: Not the character in the book, ha ha. Something about the way Stalin’s troops behaved in Berlin a few years later gives us the hint.

To ask other readers soldaeos about Soldados de Salaminaplease sign up. I gave up after reading 15 percent on kindle device. The novel is divided into three sections.

Soldados de Salamina / Soldiers of Salamis

In the first section of the novel, a fictionalized version of the author, also called Javier Cercas and a solsados, interviews the son of Mazas. This scar has many dimensions. This novel truly deserves all those stars. These are the questions this novel, Soldiers of Salamis originally written in Spanish by Javier Cercas born try to pose to us.

Soldados de Salamina

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. Our teachers did not teach us at least in the provincial public elementary solrados where I came from that it was actually Aguinaldo who ordered the execution of Bonifacio.

This is an account of how the narrator manages to track down the person who might have been the republican militiaman who spared Mazas’s life. See what he did there?

In the s, J. I wanted a copy of this book long before I read Cercas’ “Anatomy of a Moment” and finally tracked it down in Spain.