Soldiers of Salamisby Javier Cercas
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In the final moments of the Spanish Civil War, a writer and founding member of Francos Fascist Party is about to be shot, and yet miraculously escapes into the forest. When his hiding place is discovered, he faces death for the second time that day-but is spared, this time by a lone soldier. The POW becomes a national hero and a member of Francos first government, while the soldier is forgotten. Sixty years later, Cercass novel peels back the layers of truth and propaganda in order to discover who the real hero was. Elegantly constructed and told with self-deprecating, melancholy humor, Soldiers of Salamis is a wholly original work of literature by a modern master.
“This book is magnificent...one of the best I've read in a long time.” Mario Vargas Llosa, El Pais
“With irresistible directness and delicacy, Javier Cercas engages in a quick-witted, tender quest for truth and the possibility of reconciliation in history, in our everyday lives - which happens to be the theme of most great European fiction. He has a fascinating tale to tell, which happens (mostly) to be true. He has written a marvelous novel.” Susan Sontag
“Cercas has succeeded, with one perfectly crafted book, in single-handedly redeeming the epic genre.” Alberto Manguel
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Javier Cercas is a lecturer in Spanish Literature at the University of Gerona. Soldiers of Salamis has been published in fifteen languages.
Anne McLean has translated Latin American and Spanish writers such as Carmen Martin Gaite, Orlando González Esteva, Julio Cortázar, Paula Varsavsky, Ignacio Padilla and Luis Sepúlveda.
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