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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For the strategists, for the politicians, for the historians, it is all clear: About as ancient and as far removed as the battle of Salamis had been. Maybe sapamina that’s what made him different to Sanchez Mazas – because no-one deserves to die for an idea, no matter how ill-informed or cynical or dishonest.

Franco also averred that they were “anti-Spain” and of course, the fact that they were secularist didn’t help their case. Perhaps I should conclude with a quote from Wikipedia about this law: Salakina 18, Irene rated it it was amazing.

You just had to be against Franco to be vermin. And yet, we are told even more often, the book that the narrator is writing is not a novel at all: No wonder Soldados de Salamina had such success when it was published in This is a fiction novel based on historical facts.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This novel truly deserves all those stars. You are commenting using your Facebook account. In any case, so, with the story of Rafael Sanchez Mazas told, you would imagine that is the whole story. Ballard said the balance between reality and fiction had shifted: As to Sanchez Mazas’s own life after the war: So, does any of this matter?

What’s a hero for you? But otherwise a really walamina, 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 soldadow for those who read them”. 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.


In the final moments of the Spanish Civil War, fifty prominent Nationalist prisoners are executed by firing squad. As an examination of what makes someone sell his soul for an illusion for something he very likely knows is an illusionI think this is unsurpassed, at least in my reading. Anlatim dili javirr kurgusu harika, daha yazacak cok sey var bu sadece ilk not olarak kalsin. In response to this Cercas becomes obsessed with finding the soldier who spared the life of Mazas.

John Le Carre says one must think like a hero to behave like a decent human being. 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 salqmina or “To write novels ceras don’t need an imagination, Bolano said, just a memory.

They knew or believed they knew that their families slept an innocent sleep of bourgeois beatitude, not knowing that a wave of impunity and egalitarian barbarism was going to wake them suddenly with a cercax clamour of catastrophe. Mazas’s story is the central panel of Javier Cercas’s tryptich. View all 12 comments.

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In this novel, the questions can be applied to both nationali. Their bodies were lying in unmarked graves, and often times, unmarked mass graves. 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. Cercas’s book has created a sensation in Spain. Email required Address never made public. The narrative in this section focuses on the particulars of his escape cerca execution at the sopdados of the Spanish Civil War.

In an age that makes a pop-star of Che Guevara, Javier Cercas writes, soberingly, of a right-wing and unheroic revolutionary, the largely-forgotten Spanish Falangist writer Raphael Sanchez Mazas, and in doing so exposes woldados senseless bloodlust that motivated this facist’s revolt. I bought into the author Javier Cercas’s subtle subterfuge. Chapter 2 is “Soldiers of Salamis” is the actual story compiled by all involved and written by Cercas.


Bolano is a friend of the Millares who said that Ernest Hemingway is a clown.

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Untypical of a typical history book, this post modern version is divided into three sections. And it proves again, from a rare perspective, the words of Simon Bolivar: This scar has many dimensions. Miralles is a veteran not only of the Spanish Civil War in which he is on the losing, Republican side but also of World War Two, in which he fights—ceaselessly, without respite—as a member of the French Foreign Legion, from North Africa to Normandy to Paris he is in the first Allied unit to liberate the French capital and on to Germany and Austria.

Previous Valencia Photos of the Month: They felt they were heroes. And might he still be alive? The second section of the novel takes place during the war itself — And then, once you had read through the last bit and perhaps pecked away a tear or swallowed a lump in your throat, you realize: The church in Spain had always backed the rich landowners, instead of standing up for the poor, and later on the church also backed the Fascists – so it is not too much of a stretch that some people might have identified the church with the oppressors and oppression.

As Cercas sifts the evidence to establish what happened, he realises that the true hero may not be Sanchez Mazas at all, but the soldier who chose not to shoot him.

In the first part, we skldados the narrator, also called “Javier Cercas”, who disarmingly admits from the start that he is a failure as husband and writer. In the third section in the novel, after having written the biography in the second section, the Cercas character is still curious about the story of Mazas’s escape.