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FREE READ Õ FINDARTICLES.CO õ Javier Cercas Javier Cercas õ 1 SUMMARY REVIEW Soldados de Salamina معاً بمعرفة الإجابة، يبحث سيركاس عن ذلك الجندي البطل وإذ به يقابل أحد الجنود القدامى الذي يخبره أن الأبطال ماتوا انتهوا ابتلعتهم أرض المعركة ودوامة النسيان فهل هو مقتنع فعلاً بما يقول؟ أم أنه يخفي هوية يهمس بها همساً لضيفه، فتظل عالقة في الهواء؟. The word revolution gets bandied about a lot often without context and usually with positive intonations as though the act of revolt itself were somehow desirable 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 the senseless bloodlust that motivated this facist s revolt Sanchez Mazas s cause the moral and aesthetic definition of the Falangists was according to Cercas made up of deliberate ideological confusion mystical exaltation of violence and militarism and essentialist vulgarities proclaiming the eternal character of the fatherland and the Catholic religion He goes onHowever 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 At that time Falangist leader Jose Antonio was very fond of uoting a phrase of Oswald Spengler s that at the eleventh hour it had always been a suad of soldiers that had saved civilisation At that time the young Falangists felt they were that suad of soldiers 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 tremendous clamour of catastrophe They felt their duty was to preserve civilisation by force and avoid the catastrophe They knew or believed they knew that they were few but this mere statistical circumstance did not daunt them They felt they were heroes Although he was no longer young and lacked the physical strength courage and even the essential conviction to be one but not a family whose innocent sleep of bourgeois beatitude he wished to preserve Sanchez Mazas also felt it and thus abandoned literature to give himself over to the cause with priestly devotion That didn t keep him from freuenting the most exclusive salons of the capitalTerrifying ironic sublime and never merely vitriolic Cercas s prose sings with indignation it s mesmerising Sentences extend with surprising clauses until at last stunned and breathless you shake your head and read them over savouring them even in your outrage What makes this especially exciting is that Cercas himself seems to proceed largely from instinct never uite knowing where his investigations or his thought or his sentences might lead him Freuently 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 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 How can you want to write about a fascist with the number of really good lefty writers there must be around Garcia Lorca for example He was a red wasn t he she said not waiting for a reply reaching under the table God my pussy s so itchy But Cercas has seen a kind of mirror reflection of Lorca s execution in the story of Sanchez Mazas who escaped into the woods as the Republican firing suad began shooting and whose life so legend has it was saved by an unnamed soldier who found him hiding and let him go free not to mention by the locals including ex members of the Republican army who fed and sheltered him while he waited for Franco s troops to arrive Of one of these forest friends Cercas writesOver the following years Maria would write to Sanchez Mazas many times and he would always answer in his own handwriting Sanchez Mazas letters no longer exist because Maria on the advice of her mother who for some reason feared they might compromise her eventually destroyed them As for her own letters in them she asked for relatives friends or acuaintances to be released from prison which they almost invariably were so over the years she was endowed with a saint s halo or made into a fairy godmother for the desperate people of the region whose families came in search of protection for the indiscriminate victims of a post war period that in those days no one could have imagined would last so long Other than her family no one knew that the source of those favours wasn t a secret lover of Maria s or a supernatural power she d always had but hadn t thought appropriate to use until now but rather a fugitive beggar she d offered a little hot food one day at dawn and whom after that mid morning in February when he disappeared down the dirt track she never saw again in her entire lifeAs to Sanchez Mazas s own life after the warProbably by then he no longer believed in anything 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 He practised politics but deep down always scorned them He exalted time honoured values loyalty courage but practised treachery and cowardice and contributed 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 sloth I have but only in the most mediocre way measured up to the hope placed in me and help given me he confessed around this timeAs an examination of what makes someone sell his soul for an illusion for something he very likely knows is an illusion I think this is unsurpassed at least in my reading But 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 It s about those inconceivable moments when all of civilisation depends on a single man and about that man and about how civilisation repays that man Why did the Republican soldier let Sanchez Mazas go Maybe because 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 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 rightI loved this book even though at times I was slightly suspicious of it So much repetition so much re examining of the same events yet he gets away with it And so indebted to Bolano yet because he s upfront about that debt he transforms it in a way and on a small scale he superscedes BolanoIn the 1980s JG Ballard said the balance between reality and fiction had shifted Increasingly their roles are reversed We live in a world ruled by fictions of every kind mass merchandising advertising politics conducted as a branch of advertising the pre emption of any original response to experience by the television screen We live inside an enormous novel It is now less and less necessary for the writer to invent the fictional content of his novel The fiction is already there The writer s task is to invent the realityCercas has invented the reality of his part factual novel with skill and artistry His book is uniue and illuminating and touching Funny too And it proves again from a rare perspective the words of Simon Bolivar All who have served the revolution have ploughed the sea Migration and the Refugee Dissensus in Europe lot often without context and usually with positive intonations as though the act of revolt itself were somehow desirable In an age that makes a pop star of Che Guevara Javier Cercas writes soberingly of a right wing and unheroic revolutionary the Tito's Flawed Legacy Yugoslavia and the West Since 1939 largely forgotten Spanish Falangist writer Raphael Sanchez Mazas and in doing so exposes the senseless bloodlust that motivated this facist s revolt Sanchez Mazas s cause the moral and aesthetic definition of the Falangists was according to Cercas made up of deliberate ideological confusion mystical exaltation of violence and militarism and essentialist vulgarities proclaiming the eternal character of the fatherland and the Catholic religion He goes onHowever 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 At that time Falangist America's Prophet Moses and the American Story leader Jose Antonio was very fond of uoting a phrase of Oswald Spengler s that at the eleventh hour it had always been a suad of soldiers that had saved civilisation At that time the young Falangists felt they were that suad of soldiers 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 tremendous clamour of catastrophe They felt their duty was to preserve civilisation by force and avoid the catastrophe They knew or believed they knew that they were few but this mere statistical circumstance did not daunt them They felt they were heroes Although he was no All on a Summer's Day longer young and Sweet Revenge lacked the physical strength courage and even the essential conviction to be one but not a family whose innocent sleep of bourgeois beatitude he wished to preserve Sanchez Mazas also felt it and thus abandoned Sweet Justice literature to give himself over to the cause with priestly devotion That didn t keep him from freuenting the most exclusive salons of the capitalTerrifying ironic sublime and never merely vitriolic Cercas s prose sings with indignation it s mesmerising Sentences extend with surprising clauses until at Last Chance last stunned and breathless you shake your head and read them over savouring them even in your outrage What makes this especially exciting is that Cercas himself seems to proceed This Magic Moment largely from instinct never uite knowing where his investigations or his thought or his sentences might Mountain Magic lead him Freuently 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 The Conuered Brides literature is as much a focus as its historical subject 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 This Magic Moment lacking The Classics Reclassified In Which Certain Famous Books Are Not So Much Digested As Ingested leftist chic How can you want to write about a fascist with the number of really good Excellence Wins lefty writers there must be around Garcia Lorca for example He was a red wasn t he she said not waiting for a reply reaching under the table God my pussy s so itchy But Cercas has seen a kind of mirror reflection of Lorca s execution in the story of Sanchez Mazas who escaped into the woods as the Republican firing suad began shooting and whose The Fountain Tarot: Illustrated Deck and Guidebook life so How to Lead in a World of Distraction legend has it was saved by an unnamed soldier who found him hiding and Belle Glen let him go free not to mention by the Dreaming From the Journal Page locals including ex members of the Republican army who fed and sheltered him while he waited for Franco s troops to arrive Of one of these forest friends Cercas writesOver the following years Maria would write to Sanchez Mazas many times and he would always answer in his own handwriting Sanchez Mazas History on Two Needles letters no Warman's Bottles Field Guide longer exist because Maria on the advice of her mother who for some reason feared they might compromise her eventually destroyed them As for her own Deadly Outbreaks letters in them she asked for relatives friends or acuaintances to be released from prison which they almost invariably were so over the years she was endowed with a saint s halo or made into a fairy godmother for the desperate people of the region whose families came in search of protection for the indiscriminate victims of a post war period that in those days no one could have imagined would The Flesh and the Devil last so A più voci Filosofia dell'espressione vocale long Other than her family no one knew that the source of those favours wasn t a secret Desmond and the Naughtybugs lover of Maria s or a supernatural power she d always had but hadn t thought appropriate to use until now but rather a fugitive beggar she d offered a No Daddy Don't A Father's Murderous Act of Revenge little hot food one day at dawn and whom after that mid morning in February when he disappeared down the dirt track she never saw again in her entire Francesca's Kitchen lifeAs to Sanchez Mazas s own Story Fix life after the warProbably by then he no Love Potions Warlocks MacGregor #1 longer believed in anything Probably in his heart never in his Becoming a Veterinarian life had he truly believed in anything and Conueror's Kiss least of all in what he d defended or preached He practised politics but deep down always scorned them He exalted time honoured values Glow Charley Davidson #56 loyalty courage but practised treachery and cowardice and contributed 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 Soapylove lift a finger to bring a king to Spain ignored his family often Gangsta Twist 2 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 sloth I have but only in the most mediocre way measured up to the hope placed in me and help given me he confessed around this timeAs an examination of what makes someone sell his soul for an illusion for something he very Silk Parachute likely knows is an illusion I think this is unsurpassed at The Daily Reader least in my reading But than that by the novel s end we encounter a true picture of heroism and though this Primary Care Psychiatry Handbook last section seems clunky at times the machinery just a Tales from the Half Continent little too transparent the The Superhero Response last pages slightly too sentimental it is very moving It s about those inconceivable moments when all of civilisation depends on a single man and about that man and about how civilisation repays that man Why did the Republican soldier A Time to Dance a Time to Die The Extraordinary Story of the Dancing Plague of 1518 let Sanchez Mazas go Maybe because 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 And that Sanchez Mazas The Red Sabbath least some way towards redeeming him and proving the From Friends to Lovers lone soldier s actions rightI Christmas Cow Bells A Buttermilk Creek Mystery #1 loved this book even though at times I was slightly suspicious of it So much repetition so much re examining of the same events yet he gets away with it And so indebted to Bolano yet because he s upfront about that debt he transforms it in a way and on a small scale he superscedes BolanoIn the 1980s JG Ballard said the balance between reality and fiction had shifted Increasingly their roles are reversed We شکر تلخ live in a world ruled by fictions of every kind mass merchandising advertising politics conducted as a branch of advertising the pre emption of any original response to experience by the television screen We Folk Wines Cordials Brandies How to Make Them Along with the Pleasures of Their Lore live inside an enormous novel It is now Butchery of the Mountain Man less and The New Mom less necessary for the writer to invent the fictional content of his novel The fiction is already there The writer s task is to invent the realityCercas has invented the reality of his part factual novel with skill and artistry His book is uniue and illuminating and touching Funny too And it proves again from a rare perspective the words of Simon Bolivar All who have served the revolution have ploughed the sea

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FREE READ Õ FINDARTICLES.CO õ Javier Cercas Javier Cercas õ 1 SUMMARY REVIEW Soldados de Salamina مع انتهاء الحرب الأهلية الإسبانية، يجد سانشيز مازاس نفسه مع عدد من الأسرى أمام فرقة إعدام بالرصاص، في خضمّ المعمعة، وبفطنة عسكريّ خاض معارك كثيرة، ينجح بالفرار الى الغابة المجاورة لا تمضي بعض دقائق حتى يكتشف مكانه أحد الجنود يقف أمامه شاهراً بب?. Right through the center of Spain runs a deep scar This scar has many dimensions In terms of time it spans the most of the 20th century and at certain points in time it cut the land that Spain consists of up into pieces But the deepest scars run in the Spanish psyche and in its individual and collective memoryA lot of the novel Soldiers of Salamis deals with this scar At first the narrator of the book believes that this scar has nothing to do with him that it does not affect him I thought so too I bought into the author Javier Cercas s subtle subterfuge 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 storyand in a certain sense a symbolic sense it is a true storyI want to make an embarrassing confession About 4 months ago I knew pretty much nothing about the Spanish Civil War I had always wanted to read about it but nothing ever gave me that little push I started reading about it a month or two ago and the you read about it the you want to read about it but well here s the pinch It s hugely complex You could read a bunch of Francoist propaganda and believe that the Republicans had been pure evil and indeed it is true that some atrocities had been committed against the RC church by Republicans but the situation isn t uite as black and white as that 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 oppressionBut before I end up writing a loooooong essay on the Spanish Civil war let me try to keep it short by sticking with how the 2 Javier Cercas books Soldiers of Salamis See what he did there fit in with all of that See once General Francisco Franco Bahamonde had declared himself victor of the Spanish Civil war hostility did not cease He still persecuted the former Republicans and built up a vast propaganda scheme to exalt himself and his Fascist ideals in which the Republicans Socialists and Communists were always the villains and the FascistsNationalists were the shining splendorous heroesHe even managed to twist it into saying that the Republicans had been the rebels whilst they had actually been the legitimate democratically elected government which he and his Fascists rebelled against Franco also averred that they were anti Spain and of course the fact that they were secularist didn t help their case So those of the Republicans who managed to escape being shot ended up silenced and marginalized or in exile While Franco was conducting his Cultural cleansing program hundreds and thousands of Spaniards were shot en masse and dumped into mass graves Many of the corpses of those shot who had been exhumed had their hands tied behind their backs Even mothers of young children were shot in the back of the head and kicked into mass graves with other dissidents Their children were given to Nationalist families in some cases In his book The Spanish Holocaust Paul Preston avers that 200000 people were executed between 1936 to 1945 by the fascistsI am wandering a bit from the book again here but you get the picture Franco then induced a sort of national amnesia in which everyone had to conspire in hiding the ugly truth of his brutality lest they themselves became victims of it Stalin anyoneSo anyway after Franco died Spain was lucky enough to have had good King Juan Carlos named by Franco as his successor and as we all know he was a spanking good chap who helped Spain along and even through a second right wing coup attempt on its teetering legs towards DemocracyWell so now Spain is democratic and so what s the problem you I and Javier Cercas the author and Javier Cercas the journalist author might ask Well the problem was that all the roads buildings and national monuments in the country were named in honor of the Franco dictatorship and its heroes All the right wingers whose family members died in the right vs leftwing conflict could go and lay flowers on the graves of their deceased and say prayers there or whatever else you would want to do at a beloved one s graveside but all those on the Republicans side who had been murdered by the Franco regime had simply disappeared Their bodies were lying in unmarked graves and often times unmarked mass graves Those who died Falangists were heroes but those who died Republicans were reviled as vermin Yes yes pretty much like the Nazi s and the Jews though in this case it was not racially based You just had to be against Franco to be verminRight 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 well you feel a bit bored reading about all of this and you start to skim a bit and to wonder if you want to see the book through and then then suddenly it starts to get interesting That is once Javier Cercas the character starts to look for Miralles 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 Hey The brilliance of this book is not only in the emotional rendering of the last bit which is pretty cool just on its own but you realize that a lot of why people go wow about it has to do with its cleverly constructed structureI only realized this I think when I read some interview with Javier Cercas the author Not the character in the book ha ha He said that before he wrote this book he thought the Spanish Civil War had nothing to do with him ancient history as he saw it About as ancient and as far removed as the battle of Salamis had been or was that actually Javier Cercas the character before he wrote HIS book Soldiers of Salamis See what he did there In any case so with the story of Rafael Sanchez Mazas told you would imagine that is the whole story Only it s not The other side of the story is Miralles story There you goSuffice it to say that in 2007 Spain passed a new law Perhaps I should conclude with a uote from Wikipedia about this law The Historical Memory Law principally recognizes the victims on both sides of the Spanish Civil War gives rights to the victims and the descendants of victims of the Civil War and the subseuent dictatorship of General Francisco Franco and formally condemns the Franco RegimeThe conservative Popular Party and the Republican Left of Catalonia ERC both voted against passage of the law For its no vote the Popular Party accused the Socialist Party government by way of the Historical Memory Law of weakening the political consensus of the transition to democracy and using the Civil War as an argument for political propaganda The Republican Left of Catalonia rejected the law on the basis it did not go far enough Looks like people might finally be starting to remember and acknowledge Miralles and the friends whom he had to leave behindand if you think about it carefully you realize that Javier Cercas the author wants us to realize by the end why that Republican did what he did when he looked the other way Damn this guy is subtleEDIT After my conversations with Dolors and Wastrel below I realized that I had omitted to mention in my review the work of the Association for the Recuperation of Historical Memory ARMH in Spain 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 I knew from prior reading on the subject that some mass graves have already been exhumed but when I wanted to look up on statistics due to my conversation with Wastrel I found this article which by its implications tells us that the scar running through the Spanish psyche is far from being healed I find it incredibly sad that people would actually feel ashamed that their relatives had been Republicans 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 The Tentacle Monster Everyone Wanted land that Spain consists of up into pieces But the deepest scars run in the Spanish psyche and in its individual and collective memoryA Unpublished Revelations of the Prophets and Presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Vol 1 lot of the novel Soldiers of Salamis deals with this scar At first the narrator of the book believes that this scar has nothing to do with him that it does not affect him I thought so too I bought into the author Javier Cercas s subtle subterfuge I kinda believed that the character Javier Cercas is autobiographical of the author Javier Cercas and Return to Red River 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 storyand in a certain sense a symbolic sense it is a true storyI want to make an embarrassing confession About 4 months ago I knew pretty much nothing about the Spanish Civil War I had always wanted to read about it but nothing ever gave me that Its a Christmas Thing The Christmas Tree Ranch #2 little push I started reading about it a month or two ago and the you read about it the you want to read about it but well here s the pinch It s hugely complex You could read a bunch of Francoist propaganda and believe that the Republicans had been pure evil and indeed it is true that some atrocities had been committed against the RC church by Republicans but the situation isn t uite as black and white as that The church in Spain had always backed the rich Eve's Christmas landowners instead of standing up for the poor and Kill Without Shame ARES Security #2 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 oppressionBut before I end up writing a Hart's Hollow Farm loooooong essay on the Spanish Civil war Northern Heat let me try to keep it short by sticking with how the 2 Javier Cercas books Soldiers of Salamis See what he did there fit in with all of that See once General Francisco Franco Bahamonde had declared himself victor of the Spanish Civil war hostility did not cease He still persecuted the former Republicans and built up a vast propaganda scheme to exalt himself and his Fascist ideals in which the Republicans Socialists and Communists were always the villains and the FascistsNationalists were the shining splendorous heroesHe even managed to twist it into saying that the Republicans had been the rebels whilst they had actually been the Sheenas Dreams legitimate democratically elected government which he and his Fascists rebelled against Franco also averred that they were anti Spain and of course the fact that they were secularist didn t help their case So those of the Republicans who managed to escape being shot ended up silenced and marginalized or in exile While Franco was conducting his Cultural cleansing program hundreds and thousands of Spaniards were shot en masse and dumped into mass graves Many of the corpses of those shot who had been exhumed had their hands tied behind their backs Even mothers of young children were shot in the back of the head and kicked into mass graves with other dissidents Their children were given to Nationalist families in some cases In his book The Spanish Holocaust Paul Preston avers that 200000 people were executed between 1936 to 1945 by the fascistsI am wandering a bit from the book again here but you get the picture Franco then induced a sort of national amnesia in which everyone had to conspire in hiding the ugly truth of his brutality Dream Children lest they themselves became victims of it Stalin anyoneSo anyway after Franco died Spain was Shoot em Up Maisie McGrane Mystery #3 lucky enough to have had good King Juan Carlos named by Franco as his successor and as we all know he was a spanking good chap who helped Spain along and even through a second right wing coup attempt on its teetering Method and Madness The Making of a Story legs towards DemocracyWell so now Spain is democratic and so what s the problem you I and Javier Cercas the author and Javier Cercas the journalist author might ask Well the problem was that all the roads buildings and national monuments in the country were named in honor of the Franco dictatorship and its heroes All the right wingers whose family members died in the right vs Gone at Midnight leftwing conflict could go and Wonder Woman Earth One Volume 2 lay flowers on the graves of their deceased and say prayers there or whatever else you would want to do at a beloved one s graveside but all those on the Republicans side who had been murdered by the Franco regime had simply disappeared Their bodies were Separated By Duty, United In Love (revised) lying in unmarked graves and often times unmarked mass graves Those who died Falangists were heroes but those who died Republicans were reviled as vermin Yes yes pretty much Taking His OmegaFilling His OmegaExamining His OmegaPunishing His OmegaSharing His OmegaTeaching His Omega like the Nazi s and the Jews though in this case it was not racially based You just had to be against Franco to be verminRight 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 well you feel a bit bored reading about all of this and you start to skim a bit and to wonder if you want to see the book through and then then suddenly it starts to get interesting That is once Javier Cercas the character starts to The First Americans Beyond the Sea of IceCorridor of StormsForbidden LandWalkers of the WindBoxed Set look for Miralles And then once you had read through the Soul Solution last bit and perhaps pecked away a tear or swallowed a To Challenge a Dragon lump in your throat you realize Hey The brilliance of this book is not only in the emotional rendering of the Sharing His Omega His Omega #5 last bit which is pretty cool just on its own but you realize that a Without Faith lot of why people go wow about it has to do with its cleverly constructed structureI only realized this I think when I read some interview with Javier Cercas the author Not the character in the book ha ha He said that before he wrote this book he thought the Spanish Civil War had nothing to do with him ancient history as he saw it About as ancient and as far removed as the battle of Salamis had been or was that actually Javier Cercas the character before he wrote HIS book Soldiers of Salamis See what he did there In any case so with the story of Rafael Sanchez Mazas told you would imagine that is the whole story Only it s not The other side of the story is Miralles story There you goSuffice it to say that in 2007 Spain passed a new Pint Sized Protector law Perhaps I should conclude with a uote from Wikipedia about this Claw law The Historical Memory Law principally recognizes the victims on both sides of the Spanish Civil War gives rights to the victims and the descendants of victims of the Civil War and the subseuent dictatorship of General Francisco Franco and formally condemns the Franco RegimeThe conservative Popular Party and the Republican Left of Catalonia ERC both voted against passage of the Self-Scoring IQ Tests law For its no vote the Popular Party accused the Socialist Party government by way of the Historical Memory Law of weakening the political consensus of the transition to democracy and using the Civil War as an argument for political propaganda The Republican Left of Catalonia rejected the Dark Possession The Miners Reluctant Wife #1 law on the basis it did not go far enough Looks Scorched like people might finally be starting to remember and acknowledge Miralles and the friends whom he had to The Lady Hellion leave behindand if you think about it carefully you realize that Javier Cercas the author wants us to realize by the end why that Republican did what he did when he Sorry is the Magic Word looked the other way Damn this guy is subtleEDIT After my conversations with Dolors and Wastrel below I realized that I had omitted to mention in my review the work of the Association for the Recuperation of Historical Memory ARMH in Spain 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 I knew from prior reading on the subject that some mass graves have already been exhumed but when I wanted to Black Eagle Force look up on statistics due to my conversation with Wastrel I found this article which by its implications tells us that the scar running through the Spanish psyche is far from being healed I find it incredibly sad that people would actually feel ashamed that their relatives had been Republicans 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

REVIEW Soldados de Salamina

FREE READ Õ FINDARTICLES.CO õ Javier Cercas Javier Cercas õ 1 SUMMARY REVIEW Soldados de Salamina ?دقيته بوجهه، يحدّق به مطولاً، ثم يصرخ للآخرين لا أحد هنابعد ستين عاماً، يتقاطع طريقا الصحفيّ خافيير سيركاس والكتائبيّ الكاتب سانشيز مازاس يذكر هذا الأخير الحادثة مختزلاً إياها بعبارة سخرية القدر فهل تكون كذلك بالنسبة للجنديّ الذي أنقذ حياته؟ط. Just when is the right time to set records straight Wait in the first place do we always need to Are there instances when it is better to leave them as they areThese are the uestions this 2001 novel Soldiers of Salamis originally written in Spanish by Javier Cercas born 1962 try to pose to us In this novel the uestions can be applied to both national ie Spain particularly in that part of the Spanish Civil War 1936 1939 when the Falangist poet Rafael Sanchez Mazas was not killed by an unknown militiaman belonging to the Republican party and personal ie the life of Antonio Millares who according to the theory of Cercas was that militiamanThis is a fiction novel based on historical facts Cercas however made use of the history only as a stepping stone to illustrate how the lives of his characters are interconnected from the 30 s to the year 2000 when the story ends That specific point in Spain s history when pro Franco rebels were ordered to be killed by firing suad en masse in the forest of Collell in 1939 up to the 2000 when most of the soldiers ie the Soldiers of Salamis were already in their twilight years 80 and up 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 poetThe Philippine history has its own share of records that have to be corrected In school we were taught that both Gen Emilio Aguinaldo and Andres Bonifacio are both heroes Our teachers did not teach us at least in the provincial public elementary school where I came from that it was actually Aguinaldo who ordered the execution of Bonifacio I only came to know this when I was already a grownup and working I am sure that other countries have some parts of their histories distorted just to protect their image or uphold their national patrimony Example is Japan trying to deny the atrocities of their own soldiers or their Mongolian recruits during the rape of Nanking or the presence of comfort women in the different countries in Southeast Asia including the PhilippinesNow if history bores you the book is actually divided into 3 parts 1 Forest Friends 2 Soldiers of Salamis and 3 Rendezvous in Stockton The first part is basically the introduction to the second part which is the book the character Cercas yes the author is a struggling novelist character wrote The third part is where Cercas the author presented the personal level of the story To be honest this is the part where I decided to give this book a whopping 5 stars This is the part where he introduced the Chilean novelist Roberto Bolano 1953 2003 of popular contemporary novels like 2666 Savage Detectives etc Bolano is a friend of the Millares who said that Ernest Hemingway 1899 1961 is a clown You know that Hemingway covered the Spanish Civil War as a correspondent and he together with George Orwell sided with the Republican government Interesting huhI particularly enjoyed the many conversations between Cercas and Bolano One of which is this one Cercas And what s a heroBolano Someone who considers himself a hero and gets it right Or someone who has courage and an instinct for virtue and therefore never makes a mistake or at least doesn t make a mistake the one time when it matters and therefore can t not be a hero Or someone like Allende who understands that a hero isn t the one who kills but the one who doesn t kill or who lets himself get killed I don t know What s a hero for youCercas I don t know John Le Carre says one must think like a hero to behave like a decent human beingBolano Yeah but a decent human being isn t the same as a hero There re lots of decent people they re the ones who know enough to say no in time heroes on the other hand are few and far between Actually I think there s almost always something blind irrational instinctive in a hero s behavior something that s in their nature and inescapable 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 pp 143 144The author Cercas wants to define exactly what a hero is in the above conversation because he thinks that the real hero is Millares who spared Mazas s life instead of Mazas like most of the people in Spain believe 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 uestions I wrote at the start of this review were what he explainedThought provoking Strums a chord in your heart Funny at times You never know what s next Makes you wonder how will you look back at your younger years while dying on your deathbed did I live my life to the fullest did I love enough was I truly loved This novel truly deserves all those starsAlso posted in here Photography and History in Colonial Southern Africa leave them as they areThese are the uestions this 2001 novel Soldiers of Salamis originally written in Spanish by Javier Cercas born 1962 try to pose to us In this novel the uestions can be applied to both national ie Spain particularly in that part of the Spanish Civil War 1936 1939 when the Falangist poet Rafael Sanchez Mazas was not killed by an unknown militiaman belonging to the Republican party and personal ie the Supreme Lessons Of The Gods And Earths life of Antonio Millares who according to the theory of Cercas was that militiamanThis is a fiction novel based on historical facts Cercas however made use of the history only as a stepping stone to illustrate how the Der perfekte Mord lives of his characters are interconnected from the 30 s to the year 2000 when the story ends That specific point in Spain s history when pro Franco rebels were ordered to be killed by firing suad en masse in the forest of Collell in 1939 up to the 2000 when most of the soldiers ie the Soldiers of Salamis were already in their twilight years 80 and up 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 poetThe Philippine history has its own share of records that have to be corrected In school we were taught that both Gen Emilio Aguinaldo and Andres Bonifacio are both heroes Our teachers did not teach us at The Everton Miscellany least in the provincial public elementary school where I came from that it was actually Aguinaldo who ordered the execution of Bonifacio I only came to know this when I was already a grownup and working I am sure that other countries have some parts of their histories distorted just to protect their image or uphold their national patrimony Example is Japan trying to deny the atrocities of their own soldiers or their Mongolian recruits during the rape of Nanking or the presence of comfort women in the different countries in Southeast Asia including the PhilippinesNow if history bores you the book is actually divided into 3 parts 1 Forest Friends 2 Soldiers of Salamis and 3 Rendezvous in Stockton The first part is basically the introduction to the second part which is the book the character Cercas yes the author is a struggling novelist character wrote The third part is where Cercas the author presented the personal Riddle Of The Wayward Books Wishbone Mysteries #3 level of the story To be honest this is the part where I decided to give this book a whopping 5 stars This is the part where he introduced the Chilean novelist Roberto Bolano 1953 2003 of popular contemporary novels Pet to the Tentacle Monsters like 2666 Savage Detectives etc Bolano is a friend of the Millares who said that Ernest Hemingway 1899 1961 is a clown You know that Hemingway covered the Spanish Civil War as a correspondent and he together with George Orwell sided with the Republican government Interesting huhI particularly enjoyed the many conversations between Cercas and Bolano One of which is this one 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    PDF KINDLE (Soldados de Salamina) BY Javier Cercas Right through the center of Spain runs a deep scar This scar has many dimensions In terms of time it spans the most of the 20th century; and at certain points in time it cut the land that Spain consists of up into pieces But the deepe

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    PDF KINDLE (Soldados de Salamina) BY Javier Cercas 5 stars with some reservations 5 stars for the idea 5 stars for the inclusion of Roberto Bolaño as a character many thanks Javier many thanks indeed 5 stars because I’m not one to challenge the opinions of Bolaño Mario Vargas Llosa or Susan Sontag at least with regard to this novel Some minor demeriting for what at times seem a relentless history of Spanish and French battles during WWII 5 stars for Part

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    PDF KINDLE (Soldados de Salamina) BY Javier Cercas The first two parts of this book revolve around a rather unheroic but entirely factual figure Sanchez Mazas a fou

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    PDF KINDLE (Soldados de Salamina) BY Javier Cercas 45 stars? Fiction that feels unlike fiction Fiction that's partially about how it's not fiction Non fictional fiction about writing about war about endurancepersistence about poets realizing their ideal worlds through political action about he

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    FREE READ Õ FINDARTICLES.CO õ Javier Cercas PDF KINDLE (Soldados de Salamina) BY Javier Cercas A long echo of the Civil War can still be heard after the sixty years And the author tries to find an answer to some uestions that have been left unanswered in the past Accidentals encounters planned meetings recollections and musings interviews and talks all serve his purpose“books always end up taking on a life of th

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    PDF KINDLE (Soldados de Salamina) BY Javier Cercas There is a fascinating earlier post on this book by Javier Garcia in Spanish which links to a longer post of his on the book and then to one b

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