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Those who died Falangists, were heroes, cercad those who died Republicans were reviled as vermin. 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.

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.

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In the final moments of the Spanish Salaina War, fifty prominent Nationalist prisoners are executed by firing squad. Yes, the Chilean writer has a major part in this book. Someone who considers himself a hero and gets it right. This part solcados full of everything which seemed to be missing in the first two parts: During the interview Cercas is told the story of how Mazas’s escapes from execution by the Republicans at the end of the Spanish Civil War with the help of a lone soldier.


The third part is where Cercas the author presented the personal level of the story. Their bodies were lying in unmarked graves, and often times, unmarked mass graves.

So, does any of this matter? Lists with This Book. Spanish novels novels Spanish Civil War novels. That didn’t keep him from frequenting the most exclusive salons of the capital Like other modern politically correct novels about that conflict, it assumes that the so-called Republican side was “good” just because the Nationalists were clearly bad.

In the end, Soldiers of Salamis remains firmly in this tradition, while offering a gentle and often moving reassertion that individual lives and actions matter most, however overwhelming the historical circumstances may seem. That is, once Javier Cercas the character starts to look for Miralles. He practised politics, but deep down always scorned them.

Cercas writes in a way that is novel and exciting.

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And so indebted to Bolano, yet because he’s upfront about that debt he transforms it; in a way and on a small scalehe superscedes Bolano. This is an account of how the narrator manages to track down the person who might have been ssoldados republican militiaman who spared Mazas’s life.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The point is that the hero fought against evil on two continents in two wars but was totally forgotten by those whom he valiantly served and this is a shame.

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Terrifying, ironic, sublime and never merely vitriolic, Cercas’s prose sings with indignation – it’s mesmerising. 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.


Return to Book Page. Ce, this guy is subtle. View all 33 comments. Views Read Edit View history. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Right through the center of Spain runs a deep scar.

In the first section of the novel, a fictionalized version of the author, also called Javier Cercas and a journalist, interviews the son of Mazas. Are there instances when it is better to leave them as they are?

I bought into the author Javier Cercas’s subtle subterfuge. 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.

Death and the Maiden, Spanish Edition. Not only was the country split in two during the civil war, but there followed 40 years of rule by one side that sought to deny any virtues to its adversaries.