Marks of Identity

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An exile returns to Spain from France to find that he is repelled by the fascism of Franco's Spain and drawn to the world of Muslim culture. In this novel, Juan Goytisolo, one of Spain's most celebrated novelists, speaks for a generation of Spaniards who were small children during the Spanish Civil War, grew up under a stifling dictatorship, and, in many cases, emigrated in desperation from their dying country.

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Overview

An exile returns to Spain from France to find that he is repelled by the fascism of Franco's Spain and drawn to the world of Muslim culture. In this novel, Juan Goytisolo, one of Spain's most celebrated novelists, speaks for a generation of Spaniards who were small children during the Spanish Civil War, grew up under a stifling dictatorship, and, in many cases, emigrated in desperation from their dying country.

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Editorial Reviews

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His iconoclastic impulse shapes the novel at every level. Even the structure of the writing is a protest against what he once called the "tyrannical conception of genre" ' - The Believer

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Times Literary Supplement
Juan Goytisolo is the best living Spanish novelist.
Le Monde
Marks of Identity expresses an angry and painful struggle--that of a man who has no love for his country, his generation or himself. . . . Whoever is interested in the Spain of today and tomorrow owes it to themselves to read this passionate literary account.
Newsday
An original and significant force in contemporary literature.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The reissue of this 1969 translation of a Spanish tour-de-force should captivate those who prize the elegant lyricism and complexity of Latin American fiction. Eschewing political dogma, Goytisolo's ( Forbidden Territory )BIP theme--explored in styles ranging from stream-of-consciousness to those imitative of bureaucratic memoranda--is exile and expatriation. The hero returns from Paris to Goytisolo's native Barcelona after ten years' absence, confronting the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and his ruptured relationship to Catholicism and machismo culture. Patience is required to navigate Goytisolo's often serpentine sentences, many of which consume several pages. But the prose, presented here in a luxuriant translation, attains hypnotic, incantatory powers. Its density is remarkably evocative: referring to one servant, for example, the narrator notes that she was ``less self-abnegating, however, his Aunt Mercedes would remind them, than that other legendary maid who after an existence of privation . . . left the entire amount of her savings to that scornful grandfather of his who had exploited her during her lifetime.'' (Oct.)
Library Journal

This 1966 work explores the dispossession felt by many following the Spanish Civil War. The novel's protagonist returns to Spain after living in exile in France. He quickly comes to despise the country's dictatorship and turns to his growing interest in Islamic culture for consolation, but that proves a fleeting comfort.


—Michael Rogers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564784537
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: Spanish Literature Series
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,455,894
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Juan Goytisolo was born in Barcelona at 1931. A vocal opponent of Franco, he left Spain for France in 1956.

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