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Juan the Landless
     

Juan the Landless

by Juan Goytisolo, Peter Bush (Translator)
 

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Juan Goytisolo's radical revision of his masterpiece Juan the Landless is the starting-point for this new translation by renowned translator Peter Bush. The new text focuses on Goytisolo's surreal exploration and rejection of his own roots, Catholic Spain's repression of Muslims, Jews and gays, his ancestors' exploitation of Cuban slaves and his own forging of a

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Juan Goytisolo's radical revision of his masterpiece Juan the Landless is the starting-point for this new translation by renowned translator Peter Bush. The new text focuses on Goytisolo's surreal exploration and rejection of his own roots, Catholic Spain's repression of Muslims, Jews and gays, his ancestors' exploitation of Cuban slaves and his own forging of a language at once poetic, politic and ironic that celebrates the erotic act of writing and and the anarchic joy of being the ultimate outsider. In Juan the Landless the greatest living novelist from Spain defiantly re-invents tradition and the world as a man without a home, without a country, in praise of pariahs.

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a blistering attack on authoritarianism and the cult of personality' - Publishers Weekly

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This reworked and streamlined version of Goytisolo's 1975 novel spins the reader through an angry, prickly catalogue of Spanish colonialism and slavery. Goytisolo writes in wildly run-on sentences (colons are heavily used), offering an exhaustive litany of evils, beginning with a Cuban sugar plantation where "little Adelaida plays the violin and an inspired young Master Jorge melodramatically thuds the ivories... the little mulatto absorbed in his cameo role as a cherub tirelessly fends off flies." Gradually it becomes clear that the "you" addressed here is a descendant of the slaves of this sugar plantation. In exile from the despised mother country, "you" searches for refuge in a teeming world, traveling from North African souks to Manhattan, where, "inspired by King Kong's grandiose majesty, you now sing of the abominable, the aberrant, and the illicit." The narrative ruptures into parodies of medieval Latinate and segues into a blistering attack on authoritarianism and the cult of personality (read: Franco). In the end, transformation is only achieved through the derangement of language: hats off to Bush for a striking translation. (July)

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Times Literary Supplement
Juan Goytisolo is the best living Spanish novelist.
Newsday
An original and significant force in contemporary literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564785275
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
07/09/2009
Series:
Spanish Literature Series
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
163
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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V. S. Pritchett
It is natural that Goytisolo should immediately bring Joyce, Malcolm Lowry, Beckett, and even Nabokov to mind.
Carlos Fuentes
Undoubtedly the greatest living Spanish novelist.

Meet the Author

Ne a Barcelone, en 1931, intellectuel engage, oppose au franquisme, Juan Goytisolo s'est tres tot exile a Paris. Aujourd'hui installe a Marrakech, il est devenu un critique implacable de la civilisation occidentale. Auteur d'une quinzaine de romans et de nombreux essais, il a recu, en 1985, le prix Europalia pour l'ensemble de son uvre, en 2002 le prix Octavio Paz, en 2004 le prix Juan Rulfo de litterature latino-americaine et caribeenne, et en novembre 2008 le prestigieux Prix national des Lettres espagnoles.Photo: Circulo de Lectores.

Critically acclaimed translator known for extensive work on Juan Goytisolo. Also translated Daniel Chavarria and Pedro de Alarcon from Cuba.

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