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Makbara
     

Makbara

by Juan Goytisolo, Helen Lane (Translator)
 

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In Makbara, Juan Goytisolo—widely considered Spain's greatest living writer—again dazzles the reader with his energetic, stylistic prose, which he himself compares to a snake: cunning, sly, sinuous. But the themes in Makbara are perhaps more universal than in his earlier works. Makbara is full of its own kind of warmth, humor, and love. After all,

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In Makbara, Juan Goytisolo—widely considered Spain's greatest living writer—again dazzles the reader with his energetic, stylistic prose, which he himself compares to a snake: cunning, sly, sinuous. But the themes in Makbara are perhaps more universal than in his earlier works. Makbara is full of its own kind of warmth, humor, and love. After all, makbara is an Arab word referring to the spot in North African cemeteries where young couples meet for romantic encounters. Sex, for Goytisolo, is clearly the greatest cosmic joke, the great leveller. “Sex,” he says, “is above all freedom.”

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a hymn to sex as freedom' -The Guardian

Dalkey Archive Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564785060
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Series:
Spanish Literature Series
Pages:
270
Sales rank:
1,315,925
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Guillermo Cabrera Infante
[A] frank and solitary writer: on a crusade for truth. . . . He's an outsider—his own man.
Mario Vargas Llosa
An epic work, to be read and re-read.
V.S. Pritchett
It is natural that Goytisolo should immediately bring Joyce, Malcolm Lowry, Beckett and even Nabokov to mind . . . he is fully worthy to be considered among the major innovators of our time.
The New Yorker

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.

Helen Lane contributed to In Praise of the Stepmother from Picador.

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