Mazurka for Two Dead Menby Camilo José Cela
In 1936, at the beginning of the war, 'Lionheart' Gamuzo is a abducted and killed. In 1939, when the war ends, his brother, Tanis Gamuzo avenges his death. For both these events, the blind accordion player Gaudencio plays the same mazurka. Set in a backward rural community in Galicia, Cela's creation is in many ways like a contrapuntal musical composition built with varying themes and moods. In alternately melancholy, humorous, lyrical or coarse tones, he portrays a reign of fools.
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Camilo Jose Cela¿s works aren¿t generally for the masses--often Nobel Prize winners fall into this category!--but don¿t let his ¿literary success¿ frighten you. In ¿Mazurka for Two Dead Men,¿ Cela¿s powerful style (read in translation, of course) is moving, argumentative, sophisticated, sometimes subtle--sometimes not: in short, an adventure in literary appreciation at the same time being worthy of one¿s time. Set in 1936 at the onset of the Spanish Civil War, ¿Lionheart¿ Gamuzo is abducted and killed, thus setting off (to borrow from the Greeks) a blood-will-have-blood revenge story. Tony, his brother, knows that revenge is his. Cela is high in symbolism as in these events the blind accordian player Gaudencio continually plays the same mazurka--the book echos just about every musical symbol possible, with its themes, moods, movements, rhythms, melodies, and so forth. Symbolism, too, is not lost on the Spanish society Cela captures and the political, social, and religious overtones are not easily missed. Still, ¿Mazurka¿ is a worthy continuation of Cela¿s writing abilities. Granted, this one¿s not his best, but still is in keeping with Cela¿s l989 Nobel Prize winning style. While, quite likely, ¿something may be lost in translation,¿ still reading Cela, for me, is a pleasurable adventure.