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W this when I was already a grownup and working I am sure that other countries have some parts of their histories distorted just to protect their image or uphold their national patrimony Example is Japan trying to deny the atrocities of their own soldiers or their Mongolian recruits during the rape of Nanking or the presence of comfort women in the different countries in Southeast Asia including the PhilippinesNow if history bores you the book is actually divided into 3 parts 1 Forest Friends 2 Soldiers of Salamis and 3 Rendezvous in Stockton The first part is basically the introduction to the second part which is the book the character Cercas yes the author is a struggling novelist character wrote The third part is where Cercas the author presented the personal level of the story To be honest this is the part where I decided to give this book a whopping 5 stars This is the part where he introduced the Chilean novelist Roberto Bolano 1953 2003 of popular contemporary novels like 2666 Savage Detectives tc Bolano is a friend of the Millares who said that Ernest Hemingway 1899 1961 is a clown You know that Hemingway covered the Spanish Civil War as a correspondent and he together with George Orwell sided with the Republican government Interesting huhI particularly Big Little Man enjoyed the many conversations between Cercas and Bolano One of which is this one Cercas And what s a heroBolano Someone who considers himself a hero and gets it right Or someone who has courage and an instinct for virtue and therefore never makes a mistake or at least doesn t make a mistake the one time when it matters and therefore can t not be a hero Or someone like Allende who understands that a hero isn t the one who kills but the one who doesn t kill or who lets himself get killed I don t know What s a hero for youCercas I don t know John Le Carre says one must think like a hero to behave like a decent human beingBolano Yeah but a decent human being isn t the same as a hero There re lots of decent people they re the ones who knownough to say no in time heroes on the other hand are few and far between Actually I think there s almost always something blind irrational instinctive in a hero s behavior something that s in their nature and inescapable Also you can be a decent person for a whole lifetime but you can t be awe inspiring without a break and that s why a hero is only a hero The Man from Beijing exceptionally once or at most during a spell or insanity or inspiration pp 143 144The author Cercas wants to definexactly what a hero is in the above conversation because he thinks that the real hero is Millares who spared Mazas s life instead of Mazas like most of the people in Spain believe However when the character Cercas asked Millares towards the Creating Lasting Value end if he and the militiaman were one and the same he said No and the answers to the uestions I wrote at the start of this review were what hexplainedThought provoking Strums a chord in your heart Funny at times You never know what s next Makes you wonder how will you look back at your younger years while dying on your deathbed did I live my life to the fullest did I love Understanding Markets and Strategy enough was I truly loved This novel truly deserves all those starsAlso posted in here The word revolution gets bandied about a lot often without context and usually with positive intonations as though the act of revolt itse There is a fascinatingarlier post on this book by Javier Garcia in Spanish which links to a longer post of his on the book and then to one by the author Roberto Bola o The review by Bola o is largely a description of the book but because he knows Javier Cercas he reveals two important facts that are relevant to understanding Soldiers of Salamis One is that the Javier Cercas who appears in the novel is not the author or at any rate has several characteristics that are not those of the author Bola o then says tellingly that the Roberto Bola o who appears in the novel is not him ither although he doesn t say why We can suppose however that the whole story of a character called Miralles in the third part of the book much of which comes from the mouth of the novelist s Roberto Bola o is fiction That is to say the real Roberto Bola o denies telling Cercas the storyThe strange and interesting thing about the review by the real Bola o is that it largely retells the story of the book it can be found in Spanish here Apart from making the point that two of the main characters are fictions and by implication that many of the others are too it doesn t comment on the book This is doubly fascinating One uestion is why does Bola o do in the review what his alter go does in the book ie tell a story It is almost as if with the Immerwelt - Der Pakt exception of his pointing out the two fictions as it were in the fiction he is doing in the review what he himself would have done if faced with the same material ie recounted it in a way that suits his own way of telling a fictional storyThe other fascination is that not only does Bola o appear in the book but the style of the book and the treatment of a partially real story is very much what Bola o might have done if he had decided himself to write Soldiers of Salamis There is than onecho of Bola o in Cercas s book and I found myself thinking about Bola o as I read it well before I realised that in part three Bola o actually appears or at least a fictional Bola o There is yet another fascination The book is about death death narrowly avoided but inevitably confronted later One character avoids death another is it is strongly hinted the agent by which he avoids a death and both of these along with the real Modern South Asia euivalent of the other main character Bola o are all now dead Cercas who should also count as a main character since his fictional self is the protegonist of the story at least in parts 1 and 3 is of course alive But he offers us a reflection on death of the way the dead in some senses stay alive at least while they are remembered and then ultimately when no one remembers them any longer they are truely dead Are then Cercas and much pointedly was Bola o writing to avoid or postpone death In fact isn t writing a novel like Soldiers of Salamis a sort of bid for immortality a bid which at least one of characters tries to make and failsA final irony about me reading this book is that I d forgotten I d read it some years before However at that point I had never read anything by Bola o whereas not long ago I read his 2666 It is much better to have read the fascinating Cercas book having got the contrastinglynormous one by Bola o under my belt I wonder incidentally what Cercas thinks of 2666. معاً بمعرفة الإجابة، يبحث سيركاس عن ذلك الجندي البطل وإذ به يقابل أحد الجنود القدامى الذي يخبره أن الأبطال ماتوا انتهوا ابتلعتهم أرض المعركة ودوامة النسيان فهل هو مقتنع فعلاً بما يقول؟ أم أنه يخفي هوية يهمس بها همساً لضيفه، فتظل عالقة في الهواء؟.

Right through the center of Spain runs a deep scar This scar has many dimensions In terms of time it spans the most of the 20th century and at certain points in time it cut the land that Spain consists of up into pieces But the deepest scars run in the Spanish psyche and in its individual and collective memoryA lot of the novel Soldiers of Salamis deals with The first two parts of this book revolve around a rather unheroic but Picture Theory entirely factual figure Sanchez Mazas a founder member of the Falangist group in Spain in the 1930 s and later a minister in Franco s government with the status of national hero who we are told right at the beginningscaped death by firing suad during the Spanish civil war The narrator a journalist and writer called Javier Cercas who is fictional becomes obsessed with this reprieve from death story and sets out to uncover the facts of the case tracing written accounts and interviewing surviving members of both the Nationalist and Republican sides The first part reads like a diary of this research the second part like the article the journalist might finally write based on that research a dry factual Ancestral Voices examination of the motivations of Sanchez Mazas writer and poet who helped bring Franco to power Journalist Cercas leads the reader into a position where heshe becomes impatient and thoroughly frustrated with thisndless circling around the miraculously twice reprieved life of such an unheroic and really rather pathetic figure and then in the third part author Cercas changes gear and gives us what we wanted all along the story of a true hero This part is full of And Bid Him Sing everything which seemed to be missing in the first two parts humanity heroism and hope So author Cercas achieves by the most subtle of methods which include a fascinating fictional conversation with Roberto Bolano far than he couldver have done by any outright criticism of Falangist philosophy Brilliant A long Aristotle Detective (Aristotle echo of the Civil War can still be heard after the sixty years And the author tries to find an answer to some uestions that have been left unanswered in the past Accidentalsncounters planned meetings recollections and musings interviews and talks all serve his purpose books always Bones, Clones, and Biomes end up taking on a life of their own and because a person doesn t write about what he wants to write about but what he s capable of writing about The story is told in a rather flat and officious language of a scribe and it holds no surprises and there is of newspaper than of literature I wanted a copy of this book long before I read Cercas Anatomy of a Moment and finally tracked it down in Spain Worth the wait because I totallynjoyed the readLike Anatomy of a Moment Cercas uses a personal anecdote in telling the story of an incident that happened at the Bringing the Empire Home end of the Spanish Civil War The father of a friend of Cercas was involved in the firing suad incident of the Falangist poet Rafael S nchez Mazas Without giving much away S nchez Mazas gets away but runs into a soldier who lets him go Why This becomes the premise for the bookUntypical of a typical history book this post modern version is divided into three sections The friends of the forest chapter 1 sets up the story It involves Cercas his girlfriend Conchi the friend Ferlioso and others involved in laying down all the relevant information in 1994 There is some hilariouspisodes in this chapter and Cercas witty commentary makes it fun to read Cercas keeps telling veryone that he wants to write a real story about the past and ven when Conchi asks why he wants to write a story about a right wing person instead of some great leftist like Garcia Lorca he reiterates that we need to know the past from both sides Even the side less popularChapter 2 is Soldiers of Salamis is the actual story compiled by all involved and written by Cercas This is a page turner and reads like a historical novel with some of his off the remark commentary The best part is knowing what became of S nchez MazasChapter 3 is a surreal who done it After finishing the book but hasn t sent it to the publishers yet the one piece missing is finding Miralles the soldier who let S nchez Masas go Enter Roberto Bola o Yes the Chilean writer has a major part in this book Now I recently listened to a podcast interview with Cercas and Building the Cold War even in his Epilogue to the 2015dition I was puzzled What is the real story How does memory affect things How does the writer s creative versus the facts affect the story Can the writer s version be real than the real story I won t give things away but there is a lot to ponder here The last part of the book on what is a hero is very resonate today as it was in 1939 Some very good stuff here One feels that Cercas himself uestions just about Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F) everything but after reading Anatomy of a Moment this is what defines him as a great writer What is history after all Memories reflections lies lies and lies uoting MirallesThis is a skilled look at history writing and reflections on the nature of war that one needs to read Jos Antonio Primo de Rivera repet a como si fuera suya A ltima hora siempre ha sido un pelot n de soldadosl ue ha salvado la civilizaci nI don t know if the author of this agrees or disagrees with this fascist s statement For the life of me I don t understand why he wrote this as a novel and not as a work of history I also think that once a writer starts to write about the life of a writer it s time to find another career or go out and learn something newHistory books generally have rigid standards than novels so if he were to repeat a story ten times it wouldn t stand muster to the Counter-Amores editorial board In a novel you can write any damn nonsense and call it literature I wouldn t call it that not this bookThe story he tells over and over and over and over again is how the fascist Rafael S nchez Mazasscaped a firing suad in the waning days of the Spanish Civil War and how a Republican soldier spotted him in the woods but didn t betray him The pity was that the fascist Rafael S nchez Mazas didn t die in a firing suad The typical path of cowards is to foment war and then conveniently side step any actual combat Dick Cheney Donald Trump George Bush are only a few modern Dancing at Armageddon examplesI would have rated this lower than I havexcept I learned a few new things about the civil war and the book also spawned a decent film 5 stars with some reservations 5 stars for the idea 5 stars for the inclusion of Roberto Bola o as a character many thanks Javier many thanks indeed 5 stars because I m not one to challenge the opinions of Bola o Mario Vargas Llosa or Susan Sontag at least with reg. مع انتهاء الحرب الأهلية الإسبانية، يجد سانشيز مازاس نفسه مع عدد من الأسرى أمام فرقة إعدام بالرصاص، في خضمّ المعمعة، وبفطنة عسكريّ خاض معارك كثيرة، ينجح بالفرار الى الغابة المجاورة لا تمضي بعض دقائق حتى يكتشف مكانه أحد الجنود يقف أمامه شاهراً بب?.

Ard to this novel Some minor demeriting for what at times seem a relentless history of Spanish and French battles during WWII 5 stars for Part Three which bested my skepticism during Part One and Part Two how does one Double Jeopardy empathize with a Falange founder and primary propagandist for Franco s regime 5 stars for Miralles who is Miralles Read the bookThe title summary is adeuate and I won t belabor it other than to say that Bola o is a significant character in Cercas s true tale And it is a result of reading Bola o s Between Parentheses Essays Articles and Speeches 1998 2003 that I persevered through the first two parts of this novel to see how he handled the character of Bola o Expecting a minor character someone mentioned only in passing I was thrilled really shameless RB fan that I am that Cercas recounts conversations with RB discussing heroism fiction and RB s research for a title he was working on which very well might have been the recently published in English The Third Reich and would call into uestion its written in 1989 claim by the the publisher However RB assures readers in Between Parentheses that the Roberto Bola o who appears in Soldiers of Salamis is fictional in the same way the Javier Cercas who appears in the novel is not the Javier Cercas who authored the novel Enough doubt is created on the truthfiction continuum to render the characters as compelling as the authors Go for it 45 stars Fiction that feels unlike fiction Fiction that s partially about how it s not fiction Non fictional fiction about writing about war aboutndurancepersistence about poets realizing their ideal worlds through political action about heroism about historical reconstruction from fragments as a creative act that keeps the dead alive Composition and Literature especially the dead who live on in the words of people almost gone themselves Structurally interesting novel about a writer trying and failing to write fiction and backing into this significant story through coincidences related to journalism including interviewing Roberto Bolano who s a major character in the third part of this a section that made what was an OK novel in the first part about the writer s discovery of the title story and a pretty damn good novel in the second half the title story itselfssentially a biographical Cezanne and Provence essay on a Spanish fascist poet sort of like Bolano s Nazi Literature in the Americas but accessible and dramatic firing suad survival a pretty GREAT novel Almost a few touching moments too toward thend A novel that although it doesn t feel like a conventional novel Dark Voices excels thanks to its old fashioned 45 degree angle narrative arc upwards upwards upwards upwards until it reaches its long sentence recapitulations in its last pages including the refrain onwards onwards onwardsver onwards Worth it for the intelligence and honesty and the complex yet clear semi Contested Reproduction extravagance of the prose for the approach for the writing insight a person doesn t write about what he wants to write but what he s capable of writing about or a writer never writes about what he knows but precisely about what he doesn t know or To write novels you don t need an imagination Bolano said just a memory Novels are written by combining recollections for the Spanish Civil Warducation and Divided by Color (American Politics and Political Economy Series) especially for the portrait of Bolano including what s basically an interview with him a man of action is frustrated writer if Don uijote had written one single book of chivalry he never would have been Don uijote and a drunkenly related tale about a WWII soldier s journey to Chad in Africa and all the way back through Europe a story reminescent of some of the best parts of 2666 that spurs the final section that makes this book in the narrator s words function I almost feel bad about the four stars but I read the first 120 pages in too many sittings ie it s my fault Also didn t love the characterization of the dippy girlfriend and maybe thought repetitions of sentences in the summation at thend seemed maybe a bit like high literary hokiness But otherwise a really Creating Country Music excellentnjoyable ducational interestingly structured serious yet never haughty novel that best of all felt to me unlike a novel all good tales are true tales at least for those who read them Onwards and upwardsFrom Bolano s Between Parentheses Essays Articles and Speeches 1998 2003 about this novel there appears a character someone by the name of Bolano who is a writer and a Chilean and lives in Blanes but who isn t me in the same way that the narrator Cercas isn t Cercas although both characters are possible and ven probable His novel flirts with hybridization with the relato real or true fiction which Cercas himself invented with historical ficton and with hyper objective fiction though whenever he feels so inclined he has no ualms about betraying these generic categories to slip toward poetry toward the Evolutionary Patterns epic without the slightest blush in any direction so long as it s forward Just when is the right time to set records straight Wait in the first place do we always need to Are there instances when it is better to leave them as they areThese are the uestions this 2001 novel Soldiers of Salamis originally written in Spanish by Javier Cercas born 1962 try to pose to us In this novel the uestions can be applied to both national ie Spain particularly in that part of the Spanish Civil War 1936 1939 when the Falangist poet Rafael Sanchez Mazas was not killed by an unknown militiaman belonging to the Republican party and personal ie the life of Antonio Millares who according to the theory of Cercas was that militiamanThis is a fiction novel based on historical facts Cercas however made use of the history only as a stepping stone to illustrate how the lives of his characters are interconnected from the 30 s to the year 2000 when the storynds That specific point in Spain s history when pro Franco rebels were ordered to be killed by firing suad Evolution As Entropy en masse in the forest of Collell in 1939 up to the 2000 when most of the soldiers ie the Soldiers of Salamis were already in their twilight years 80 and up Cercas the struggling novelist tried to identify who that militiaman was and what went on right at that moment inside that person s mind that made him decide not to kill the poetThe Philippine history has its own share of records that have to be corrected In school we were taught that both Gen Emilio Aguinaldo and Andres Bonifacio are both heroes Our teachers did not teach us at least in the provincial publiclementary school where I came from that it was actually Aguinaldo who ordered the xecution of Bonifacio I only came to kno. ?دقيته بوجهه، يحدّق به مطولاً، ثم يصرخ للآخرين لا أحد هنابعد ستين عاماً، يتقاطع طريقا الصحفيّ خافيير سيركاس والكتائبيّ الكاتب سانشيز مازاس يذكر هذا الأخير الحادثة مختزلاً إياها بعبارة سخرية القدر فهل تكون كذلك بالنسبة للجنديّ الذي أنقذ حياته؟ط.

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Javier Cercas Mena Ibahernando provincia de Caceres 1962 es un escritor y traductor españolHijo de un veterinario rural cuando contaba cuatro años en 1966 su familia se trasladó a Tarragona y allí estudió con los jesuitas Es primo carnal del político Alejandro Cercas A los uince años la lectura de Jorge Luis Borges le inclinó para siempre a la escritura En 1985 se licenció en Filología

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