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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Wait, in the first place, do we always need to? Suffice it to say that inSpain passed a new law. But 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 – it is very moving.

All who have served the revolution have ploughed the sea. 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.

During the interview Cercas is told the story of how Mazas’s escapes from execution by the Republicans at the end of soldaeos Spanish Civil War with the help of a lone soldier. He hears of the story of Sanchez Mazas from the Skldados son, ols the fact that he has just lost his own father sets him cdrcas a journey to rescue the forgotten writer from oblivion, in the hope that he might also rescue his own career.

Probably in his heart, never in his life had he truly believed in anything, and least of all, in what he’d defended or preached. While Franco was conducting his “Cultural cleansing program” hundreds and thousands szlamina Spaniards were shot en masse and dumped into mass graves.


This part is full of everything which seemed to be missing in the first two parts: Twitter Facebook Google Print. In his book The Spanish HolocaustPaul Preston avers thatpeople were executed between to by the fascists.

Menu Skip to content. Notify me of new comments via email. Untypical jagier a typical history book, this post modern version is divided into three sections. May 28, Sinem A. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

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In short the Falange, too, was betrayed by Franco, just as it had urged Franco and his ilk to betray Spain. 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.

Chapter 3 is a surreal who-done-it. Right, so now the Javier Cercas book starts off with him all obsessed over some pro-fascist poet who got a cushy job in Franco’s establishment before he drifted off to go and be a dissolute millionaire somewhere, and The fictional Cercas ends the novel with a monologue questioning the historical explanation which he had investigated and the nature of heroes. Why did he spare him?

In this novel, the questions can be applied to both nationali.

Skip to content In the final moments of the Spanish Civil War, fifty prominent Nationalist prisoners are executed by firing squad. Most Civil War tales tend to be told from the Republican point of view, but the author chose to see it from uavier Nationalist point of view instead, and makes no assumptions.

It is composed in a mixture of fact and fiction, which is something of a speciality of the author.

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There’re lots of decent people: In the s, J. However, when the character Cercas asked Millares towards the end if he and the militiaman were one and the same, he said “No” and the answers to the questions I wrote at the start of this review were what he explained.


Hilariously, Cercas creates for his alter-ego a bleached-blonde, spike-heeled philistine of a girlfriend who works as a fortune-teller on television and fetishises his former middling success as a novelist while criticising his current direction for lacking leftist chic: The book is put into three parts.

Soldiers of Salamina film. Rather than taking away from the realism of the text, if anything the metafiction enhances it, making the book seem less metafictional per se less a fiction about a fiction than self-reflective: View all 6 comments.

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Soldiers of Salamis Spanish: This novel truly deserves all those stars. Hatta kahraman oldu da diyebilirim. As Cercas sifts the evidence to establish what happened, he realises that the soldadoos hero may not be Sanchez Mazas at all, but the soldier who chose not to shoot him. The first two parts of this book revolve around a rather unheroic but entirely factual figure, Sanchez Mazas, a founder member of the Falangist group in Spain in the ‘s and later a minister in Franco’s government with the status of national hero, who, we are told right at the beginning, escaped death by firing squad during the Spanish civil war.

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In response to this Cercas becomes obsessed with finding the soldier who salaminna the life of Mazas. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Now I recently listened to a podcast interview with Cercas, and even in his Epilogue to the edition, I was puzzled.

Better therefore, as antidote to such unwelcome memories, to invent a caricature hero, indelibly scarred but indefatigable warrior for all the right causes.