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E of such an unheroic and really rather pathetic igure and then in the third part author Cercas changes gear really rather pathetic igure and then in the third part author Cercas changes gear gives us what we wanted all along the story of a true hero This part is ull of everything which seemed to be missing in the As If Being 12 3/4 Isnt Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! first two parts humanity heroism and hope So author Cercas achieves by the most subtle of methods which include aascinating As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! fictional conversation with Roberto Bolanoar than he could ever have done by any outright criticism of Falangist philosophy Brilliant A long echo of the Civil War can still be heard after the sixty years And the author tries to Stickman Odyssey, Book 2: The Wrath of Zozimos find an answer to some uestions that have been left unanswered in the past Accidentals encounters planned meetings recollections and musings interviews and talks all serve his purpose books always end up taking on a life of their own and because a person doesn t write about what he wants to I wanted a copy of this book long before I read Cercas Anatomy of a Moment andinally tracked it down in Spain Worth the wait because I totally enjoyed the readLike Anatomy of a Moment Cercas uses a personal anecdote in telling the story of an incident that happened at the end of the Spanish Civil War The The Last of the Tribe father of ariend of Cercas was involved in the iring 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 or the bookUntypical of a typical history book this post modern version is divided into three sections The The Book of Air friends of theorest chapter 1 sets up the story It involves Cercas his girlfriend Conchi the riend Ferlioso and others involved in laying down all the relevant information in 1994 There is some hilarious episodes in this chapter and Cercas witty commentary makes it un to read Cercas keeps telling everyone that he wants to write a real story about the past and even 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 rom 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 inishing the book but hasn t sent it to the publishers yet the one piece missing is inding Miralles the soldier who let S nchez Masas go Enter Roberto Bola o Yes
The Chilean Writer Has AChilean writer has a part in this book Now I recently listened to a podcast interview with Cercas and even in his Epilogue to the 2015 edition I was puzzled What is the real story How does memory affect things How does the writer s creative versus the The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy 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 Oneeels that Cercas himself uestions just about 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 uera suya A ltima hora siempre ha sido un pelot n de soldados el ue ha salvado la civilizaci nI don t know if the author of this agrees or disagrees with this ascist 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 ind 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 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 ascist Rafael S nchez Mazas escaped a Elizabeth I 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 theascist Rafael S nchez Mazas didn t die in a iring suad The typical path of cowards is to oment war and then conveniently side step any actual combat Dick Cheney Donald Trump George Bush are only a Theres Always a Trail / Home in the Valley few modern examplesI would have rated this lower than I have except I learned aew new things about the civil war and the book also spawned a decent ilm. Sta historia se encuentra donde menos podía esperarlo porue uno no encuentra lo ue busca sino lo ue la realidad le entregaComo insiste en afirmar el propio narrador Soldados de Salamina es un relato real ; los lectores sin embargo lo leerán como un thriller Cercas nos embarca en una investigación de hechos históricos ue resulta apasionante porue su propósito es desentrañar un secreto ue se resiste a ser desvelado un secreto esencial ue concierne no sólo a nuestro pasado más incómodo sino sobre todo a la condición humana. E it was not racially based You just had to
against Franco be verminRight so now the Javier Cercas book starts off with him all obsessed over some ascist poet who got a cushy job in Franco s establishment before he drifted off to go and be a dissolute millionaire somewhere and well you eel a bit bored reading about all of this and you start to skim a bit and to wonder if you want to see the book through and then then suddenly it starts to get interesting That is once Javier Cercas the character starts to look or Miralles And then once you had read through the last bit And Perhaps Pecked Away perhaps pecked away tear or swallowed a lump in your throat you realize Hey The brilliance of this book is not only in the emotional rendering of the last bit which is pretty cool just on its own but you realize that a lot of why people go wow about it has to do with its cleverly constructed structureI only realized this I think when I read some interview with Javier Cercas the author Not the character in the book ha ha He said that before he wrote this book he thought the Spanish Civil War had nothing to do with him ancient history as he saw it About as ancient and as The Everyman Book of Nonsense Verse far removed as the battle of Salamis had been or was that actually Javier Cercas the character before he wrote HIS book Soldiers of Salamis See what he did there In any case so with the story of Rafael Sanchez Mazas told you would imagine that is the whole story Only it s not The other side of the story is Miralles story There you goSuffice it to say that in 2007 Spain passed a new law Perhaps I should conclude with a uoterom Wikipedia about this law The Historical Memory Law principally recognizes the victims on both sides of the Spanish Civil War gives rights to the victims and the descendants of victims of the Civil War and the subseuent dictatorship of General Francisco Franco and ormally condemns the Franco RegimeThe conservative Popular Party and the Republican Left of Catalonia ERC both voted against passage of the law For its no vote the Popular Party accused the Socialist Party government by way of the Historical Memory Law of weakening the political consensus of the transition to democracy and using the Civil War as an argument or political propaganda The Republican Left of Catalonia rejected the law on the basis it did not go Ten Years Beyond Baker Street: far enough Looks like people mightinally be starting to remember and acknowledge Miralles and the riends whom he had to leave behindand if you think about it carefully you realize that Javier Cercas the author wants us to realize by the end why that Republican did what he did when he looked the other way Damn this guy is subtleEDIT After my conversations with Dolors and Wastrel below I realized that I had omitted to mention in my review the work of the Association or the Recuperation of Historical Memory ARMH in Spain At about the turn of the millennium some Spaniards and ex Spaniards speaking The Essential Library for New Moms 4-Book Bundle: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child; The Baby Food Bible; Infant Massage; Colic Solved from exile started to say that they wanted toind the bodies of their The Triangle of Truth: The Surprisingly Simple Secret to Resolving Conflicts Largeand Small family members who had been victims of the Nationalists I knewrom prior reading on the subject that some mass graves have already been exhumed but when I wanted to look up on statistics due to my conversation with Wastrel I ound this article which by its implications tells us that the scar running through the Spanish psyche is ar rom being healed I ind it incredibly sad that people would actually NYCTaxiCabTales.com: Taxi Stories from streets of NYC feel ashamed that their relatives had been Republicans Only when the Manichean construct of good Nationalists vs bad Republicans is shattered and exposedor the phantasm that it is can all of Spain s children truly come to terms with their identity and their past The The Wrong Side of the Bed first two parts of this book revolve around a rather unheroic but entirelyactual The Alvin Ho Super Collection: Books 1-4 figure Sanchez Mazas aounder 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 beginning escaped death by کاروان امید firing suad during the Spanish civil war The narrator a journalist and writer called Javier Cercas who isictional becomes obsessed with this reprieve کاروان امید: سرگذشت تری فاکس from death story and sets out to uncover theacts of the case tracing written accounts and interviewing surviving members of both the Nationalist and Republican sides The The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (Cat Who... first part reads like a diary of this research the second part like the article the journalist mightinally write based on that research a dry Tempting Faith Di Napoli factual 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 thoroughlyrustrated with this endless circling around the miraculously twice reprieved lif. Ectivo sino ue cuando los republicanos salen en su busca un miliciano anónimo le encañona y en el último momento le perdona la vida Su buena estrella le permitirá vivir emboscado hasta el inal de la guerra protegido por un grupo de campesinos de la región aunue siempre recordará a auel miliciano de extraña mirada ue no lo delató El narrador se propone desentrañar el secreto del enigmático Sánchez Mazas de su asombrosa aventura de guerra pero sólo para acabar descubriendo en un uiebro inesperado ue el significado de 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 this scar At The Southern Belles of Honeysuckle Way first the narrator of the book believes that this scar has nothing to do with him that it does not affect him I thought so too I bought into the author Javier Cercas s subtle subterfuge I kinda believed that the character Javier Cercas is autobiographical of the author Javier Cercas and let sace it since there really was a pro ascist conservative there really was a pro ascist conservative poet called Rafael Sanchez Mazas I started to believe that the whole novel was as the character Javier Cercas claims a true storyand in a certain sense a symbolic sense it is a true storyI want to make an embarrassing confession About 4 months ago I knew pretty much nothing about the Spanish Civil War I had always wanted to read about it but nothing ever gave me that little push I started reading about it a month or two ago and the you read about it the you want to read about it but well here s the pinch It s hugely complex You could read a bunch of Francoist propaganda and believe that the Republicans had been pure evil and indeed it is true that some atrocities had been committed against the RC church by Republicans but the situation isn t uite as black and white as that The church in Spain had always backed the rich landowners instead of standing up The Confident Woman: How to Take Charge and Recharge Your Life for the poor and later on the church also backed the Fascists so it is not too much of a stretch that some people might have identified the church with the oppressors and oppressionBut before I end up writing a loooooong essay on the Spanish Civil war let me try to keep it short by sticking with how the 2 Javier Cercas books Soldiers of Salamis See what he did thereit in with all of that See once General Francisco Franco Bahamonde had declared himself victor of the Spanish Civil war hostility did not cease He still persecuted the ormer Republicans and built up a vast propaganda scheme to exalt himself and his Fascist ideals in which the Republicans Socialists and Communists were always the villains and the FascistsNationalists were the shining splendorous heroesHe even managed to twist it into saying that the Republicans had been the rebels whilst they had actually been the legitimate democratically elected government which he and his Fascists rebelled against Franco also averred that they were anti Spain and of course the act that they were secularist didn t help their case So those of the Republicans who managed to escape being shot ended up silenced and marginalized or in exile While Franco was conducting his Cultural cleansing program hundreds and thousands of Spaniards were shot en masse and dumped into mass graves Many of the corpses of those shot who had been exhumed had their hands tied behind their backs Even mothers of young children were shot in the back of the head and kicked into mass graves with other dissidents Their children were given to Nationalist amilies in some cases In his book The Spanish Holocaust Paul Preston avers that 200000 people were executed between 1936 to 1945 by the ascistsI am wandering a bit rom the book again here but you get the picture Franco then induced a sort of national amnesia in which everyone had to conspire in hiding the ugly truth of his brutality lest they themselves became victims of it Stalin anyoneSo anyway after Franco died Spain was lucky enough to have had good King Juan Carlos named by Franco as his successor and as we all know he was a spanking good chap who helped Spain along and even through a second right wing coup attempt on its teetering legs towards DemocracyWell so now Spain is democratic and so what s the problem you I and Javier Cercas the author and Javier Cercas the journalist author might ask Well the problem was that all the roads buildings and national monuments in the country were named in honor of the Franco dictatorship and its heroes All the right wingers whose amily members died in the right vs leftwing conflict could go and lay The Way of Women flowers on the graves of their deceased and say prayers there or whatever else you would want to do at a beloved one s graveside but all those on the Republicans side who had been murdered by the Franco regime had simply disappeared Their bodies were lying in unmarked graves and often times unmarked mass graves Those who died Falangists were heroes but those who died Republicans were reviled as vermin Yes yes pretty much like the Nazi s and the Jews though in this cas. Un joven periodista topa por casualidad con una historiaascinante y muy significativa de la Guerra Civil española y se propone reconstruirla Cuando las tropas republicanas se retiran hacia la rontera rancesa camino del exilio en el desorden de la desbandada alguien toma la decisión de The Dream of Water: A Memoir fusilar a un grupo de presosranuistas Entre ellos se halla Rafael Sánchez Mazas The Bravest Cat! fundador e ideólogo de Falange uizás uno de los responsables directos del conflictoratricida Pero Sánchez Mazas no sólo logra escapar del usilamiento col.be Franco to be verminRight so now the Javier Cercas book starts off with him all obsessed over some