Item description for Soldados De Salamina/Soldiers of Salamis (Coleccion Andanzas, 433) (Coleccion Andanzas, 433) by Javier Cercas...
Overview A journalist investigates what happened to Rafael Sanchez Mazas, a founder of Franco's Falangist movement, when he narrowly escaped being shot while a prisoner of fleeing Republicans at the end of the Spanish Civil War.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2001
ISBN 8483101610 ISBN13 9788483101612
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More About Javier Cercas
Javier Cercas is the author of novels, stories and essays. His novel "Soldiers of Salamis "has sold over 500,000 copies in Spain, been filmed and has been published in twenty languages. He lives in Girona, where he teaches Spanish Literature at the University.
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A favorite May 9, 2008
This has become one of my favorite novels after having read it for a Spanish class during our Spanish Civil War unit. I find the writing style very straightforward and appealing, and the fact that there are autobiographical elements incorporated into the character of the aspiring novelist creates an incredibly interesting, almost meta-novelistic read. The plot line is excellent and almost like a detective case, weaving both present and past in order to uncover the identity of the mysterious soldier in the forest. Great details and poignant moments -- an excellent and recommended read.
Un relato real Feb 15, 2006
Fue recomendado inicialmente a mi por el Miami Herald y luego por una estudiante de Literatura Creativa en Espana quien conocia el fenomeno que causo una vez que recibio un premio.
A los escritores les dicen: "Escribe sobre lo que conoscas". Asi mismo sentira el lector la historia; viva y personal. La ultima pagina nos deja con un sentimiento de: "Ahora que?"
La pelicula es un homenaje a una gran obra por un escritor que nos ha mostrado lo dramatico que puede ser la historia vista desde adentro.
Quien no quiero haber sido Javier Cercas descrubriendo esta porcion de la vida en Espana? Afortunadamente, el la vivio y nos dejo su legado, un legado de todos para recordar como la historia nos afecta a todos!
Inolvidable. Jan 8, 2006
De lo mejor que se ha publicado en la última década: un trabajo puntilloso y aparte conmovedor. Una maravilla de novela y punto. Que nadie se la pierda.
soldiers which redeemed mankind Mar 18, 2005
In 1937, Sánchez -Mazas a fascist writer and main ideologist of Spanish Falange was living as a refugee in the neutral embassy of Chile at Madrid, as the rebellion has caught him in the capital, ruled by the Republicans. He tempts to escape to France in a truck, but was detected in Barcelona also in the Republican side, and imprisoned. But when troops of Franco won and advanced in 1939, Sánchez- Mazas with some dozens of less important prisoners was driven into a forest to be shot before the arrival of the nationalists. Some prisoners attempted to escape. Almost none got to survive, but Sánchez -Mazas did, because although he was effectively found by a Republican soldier in a hole, it seems that man, feeling that cruel war was over and lost, and tired of killing, refused to shot him and said his mates he hadn't seen nobody. Mazas survived during some weeks hungry and suffering intense cold, aided sometimes by the inhabitants of the rural masías. Later, he joined the Franco's troops and was named a minister, mostly honorary than real.
This is the skeleton of this novel, and these facts are true, but the narration includes more. At the beginning, the author, a journalist and writer of dubious talent -truly the own Javier Cercas if you want- hears to tell this story to a son of Sánchez - Mazas, also a real figure and excellent writer, Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio. Cercas wants to know more about this strange episode, but Ferlosio, an old man something extravagant, eludes to explain more details, divagates with irony, as he has an ideology frontally opposite to his father, and refers to the soldiers of Salamina, the ancient battle when the Greeks defeated Persian fleet, as he thinks soldiers as these are capable to save mankind from disaster. The search of the identity of that mysterious, perhaps dead man that saved a prominent enemy sixty years ago is the full plot of this novel. Effectively, Sánchez- Mazas wrote a diary of these terrible days now almost lost in a library. The difficult searching of these possible soldier of Salamina has to end in France, when an eighty old year Spanish man named Miralles, ex combatant of both Spanish Civil and World War II with the Foreign Legion of general Leclerc survives in Dijon with terrible scars, now under French nationality. The author interviews that old soldier, an exceptional creation of the author and perhaps the best part of the novel, but the reader must decide if he was the man which didn't killed his enemy or not. Cercas does a reflection: "One doesn't find those things he search, but only those than life wants to give him".
Un libro obligatorio Jul 19, 2004
Un libro inteligentemente escrito, original y sensible : yo digo que un libro perfecto que cuenta una historia no tan perfecta. Me costo leer las ultimas paginas por las lagrimas. Llore por aquella guerra civil espanola que lamentablemente me recuerda el presente, las divisiones en Venezuela, lo absurdo y terrible que son las guerras. Un libro obligatorio por su contenido y para los amantes de la buena literatura, por su forma.