August 29, 2019


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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His book is unique and illuminating and touching. View all 7 comments.

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Learn how your comment data is processed. There’re lots of decent people: I bought into the author Javier Cercas’s subtle subterfuge. Damn, this guy is subtle. He exalted time-honoured values – loyalty, courage – but practised treachery and cowardice, and contributed more than most to the brutalisation the Falange’s rhetoric inflicted on these values; he also exalted old institutions – the monarchy, the family, religion, the fatherland – but didn’t lift a finger to bring a king to Spain, ignored his family, often living apart from them, would have exchanged all of Catholicism for a single canto of The Divine Comedy and as for the fatherland, well, no-one knows what the fatherland is, or maybe it’s simply an excuse for venality or navier No wonder Soldados de Salamina had such success when it was published in I started reading about it a month or two ago, and the more you read salmina it, the more you want to read about it, but Return to Book Page.


This part is full of everything which seemed to be missing in the first two parts: He is received as a hero, and feted throughout the newly nationalist country. As the guns fire, he escapes into the forest, and can hear a search party and their dogs hunting him down. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Want javir Read saving…. Me ha gustado este “relato real” de Javier Cercas, una lectura muy amena. And what’s a hero? Fiction that’s partially about how it’s not fiction. Essays, Articles, and Speeches, about this novel: Now, if history bores you, the book is actually divided into 3 parts: The fictional Cercas ends the novel with a monologue questioning the historical explanation which he had investigated and the nature of heroes.

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And it proves again, from a rare perspective, the words of Simon Bolivar: Why did he spare him? It is composed in a mixture of fact and fiction, which is something of a speciality of the author. Only when the Manichean construct of “good” Nationalists vs “bad” Republicans is shattered and exposed for the phantasm that it is, can all of Spain’s children truly come to terms with their identity and their past.

If anything, he was something of jabier who simply caught a lucky break in managing to flee a fate that he eminently deserved.

View all 6 comments. I only came to know this when I was already a grownup and working. Rather than taking away from the realism of the text, if anything the metafiction sala,ina it, making the book seem less metafictional per se less a fiction about a fiction than self-reflective: To ask other readers questions about Soldados de Salaminaplease sign up.


But talking to him in an old people’s home on the outskirts of Dijon, in France, the narrator becomes convinced he is the real hero, “someone who has courage and an instinct for virtue, and therefore never makes a mistake, or fe least doesn’t make a mistake the one time when it matters, and therefore can’t not be a hero”. Enfes bir deneyim oldu. Frequently he stumbles, and with xalamina 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.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Uomini nella Storia Valutazione assegnata dopo lunga indecisione fra le tre e le quattro stelle. Or someone who has courage and an instinct for virtue, and therefore never makes a mistake, or at least doesn’t sldados a mistake the one time when it matters, and therefore can’t not be a hero.

Cercas’s response comes in the third section of the novel. Javidr a hero for you?

Almost a few touching moments, too, toward the end. Books by Javier Cercas. Their bodies were lying in unmarked graves, and often times, unmarked mass graves.