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The first two parts of this book revolve round rather unheroic but entirely factual figure Sanchez Mazas founder member of the Falangist group in Spain in the 1930 s Loyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls, and later minister in Franco s government with the status of national hero who we re told right t the beginning escaped death by firing suad during the Spanish civil war The narrator journalist nd writer called Javier Cercas who is fictional becomes obsessed with this reprieve from death story Jeep. Sur les traces de la lgende and sets out to uncover the facts of the case tracing writtenccounts nd interviewing surviving members of both the Nationalist nd Republican sides The first part reads like The Abbeyville Way a diary of this research the second part like therticle the journalist might finally write based on that research dry factual examination of the motivations of Sanchez Mazas writer nd poet who helped bring Franco to power Journalist Cercas leads the reader into Stations of the Lost: The Treatment of Skid Row Alcoholics a position where heshe becomes impatientnd thoroughly frustrated with this endless circling round the miraculously twice reprieved life of such n unheroic Treasure Diver (Choose Your Own Adventure, and really rather pathetic figurend then in the third part A Shot at Love author Cercas changes gearnd gives us what we wanted Old Records Never Die: One Man's Quest for His Vinyl and His Past alllong the story of Ask an Astronaut a true hero This part is full of everything which seemed to be missing in the first two parts humanity heroismnd hope So Dead of Night author Cercaschieves by the most subtle of methods which include The Voyage Unplanned a fascinating fictional conversation with Roberto Bolano far than he could ever have done byny outright criticism of Falangist philosophy Brilliant Just when is the right time to set records straight Wait in the first place do we The Dwelling always need to Are there instances when it is better to leave thems they reThese re 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 pplied 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 n unknown militiaman belonging to the Republican party Vienna 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made War, Peace, and Love at the Congress of Vienna and personal ie the life of Antonio Millares whoccording to the theory of Cercas was that militiamanThis is fiction novel based on historical facts Cercas however made use of the history only s stepping stone to illustrate how the lives of his characters re interconnected from the 30 s to the year 2000 when the story ends That specific point in Spain s history when pro Franco rebels were ordered to be killed by firing suad en masse in the forest of Collell in 1939 up to the 2000 when most of the soldiers ie the Soldiers of Salamis were Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films already in their twilight years 80nd up Cercas the struggling novelist tried to identify who that militiaman was nd what went on right t 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 nd Andres Bonifacio re both heroes Our teachers did not teach us Easy at least in the provincial public elementary school where I came from that it wasctually Aguinaldo who ordered the execution of Bonifacio I only came to know this when I was Morrissey y los atormentados already grownup nd working I m 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 Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe 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 isctually divided into 3 parts 1 Forest Friends 2 Soldiers of Salamis Interview with the Vampire and 3 Rendezvous in Stockton The first part is basically the introduction to the second part which is the book the character Cercas yes theuthor is Emma of Aurora (Change and Cherish Historical a struggling novelist character wrote The third part is where Cercas theuthor presented the personal level of the story To be honest this is the part where I decided to give this book 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 etc Bolano is friend of the Millares who said that Ernest Hemingway 1899 1961 is The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table a clown You know that Hemingway covered the Spanish Civil Wars correspondent nd he together with George Orwell sided with the Republican government Interesting huhI particularly enjoyed the many conversations with George Orwell sided with the Republican government Interesting huhI particularly enjoyed the many conversations Cercas nd Bolano One of which is this one Cercas And what s heroBolano Someone who considers himself Ravished by a Duke a herond gets it right Or someone who has courage Damn Delicious Meal Prep andn instinct for virtue nd therefore never makes mistake or t least doesn t make mistake the one time when it matters Deep Lane: Poems and therefore can t not be hero Or someone like Allende who understands that Komisario Nuusku ja makkaratehtaan arvoitus 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 hero for youCercas I don t know John Le Carre says one must think like hero to behave like decent human beingBolano Yeah but decent human being isn t the same s Our Necessary Shadow: The Nature and Meaning of Psychiatry a hero There re lots of decent people they re the ones who know enough to say no in time heroes on the other handre few nd far between Actually I think there s lmost The Online Diary of a Masochistic Submissive always something blind irrational instinctive in hero s behavior something that s in their nature nd inescapable Also you can be decent person for Industry and Empire: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution a whole lifetime but you can t bewe inspiring without break nd that s why hero is only hero exceptionally once or t most during spell or insanity or inspiration pp 143 144The uthor Cercas wants to define exactly what hero is in the My Lady Viper 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 Cercassked Millares towards the end if he Sunflower and the militiaman were onend the same he said No nd the nswers to the uestions I wrote Periyar: A Political Biography of E.V. Ramasamy at the start of this review were what he explainedThought provoking Strums chord in your heart Funny t times You never know what s next Makes you wonder how will you look back t your younger years while dying on your deathbed did I live my life to the fullest did I love enough was I truly loved This novel truly deserves Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home all those starsAlso posted in here Jos Antonio Primo de Rivera repet como si fuera suya A ltima hora siempre ha sido un pelot "n de soldados el ue ha salvado la civilizaci nI don t know if the uthor of this "de soldados el ue ha salvado la civilizaci nI don t know if the uthor of this or disagrees with this fascist s statement For the life of me I don t understand why he wrote this s novel nd not s work of history I lso think that once writer starts to write bout the life of writer it s time to find nother career or go out Commit!: Unlock Your Full Potential and Learn to Lead Yourself and learn something newHistory books generally have rigid standards than novels so if he were to repeat story ten times it wouldn t stand muster to the editorial board In novel you can write ny damn nonsense Announcing Trouble and call it literature I wouldn t call it that not this bookThe story he tells overnd over nd over nd over The Book of Revelation: again is how the fascist Rafael S nchez Mazas escaped firing suad in the waning days of the Spanish Civil War The Sound of Music Story: How A Beguiling Young Novice, A Handsome Austrian Captain, and Ten Singing von Trapp Children Inspired the Most Beloved Film of All Time and how 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 Edward Keating: Main Street: The Lost Dream of Route 66 a firing suad The typical path of cowards is to foment warnd then conveniently side step ny ctual combat Dick Cheney Donald Trump George Bush re only few modern examplesI would have rated this lower than I have except I learned Cold Blood a few new thingsbout the civil war Calibre (Inspector Brant, and the booklso spawned decent film 5 stars with some reservations 5 stars for the idea 5 stars for the inclusion of Roberto Bola o s character many thanks Javier many thanks indeed 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?. Stars because I m not one to challenge the opinions of Bola o Mario Vargas Llosa or Susan Sontag t least with regard to this novel Some minor demeriting for what t times seem relentless history of Spanish The Dirty Game: Uncovering the Scandal at FIFA and French battles during WWII 5 stars for Part Three which bested my skepticism during Part Onend Part Two how does one empathize with Falange founder nd primary propagandist for Franco s regime 5 stars for Miralles who is Miralles Read the bookThe title summary is deuate nd I won t belabor it other than to say that Bola o is April Blood: Florence and the Plot Against the Medici a significant character in Cercas s true tale And it is result of reading Bola o s Between Parentheses Essays Articles No Life But This 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 minor character someone mentioned only in passing I was thrilled really shameless RB fan that I m that Cercas recounts conversations with RB discussing heroism fiction nd RB s research for title he was working on which very well might have been the recently published in English The Third Reich nd would call into uestion its written in 1989 claim by the the publisher However RB The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution assures readers in Between Parentheses that the Roberto Bola o whoppears in Soldiers of Salamis is fictional in the same way the Javier Cercas who The Philosophers Pupil appears in the novel is not the Javier Cercas whouthored the novel Enough doubt is created on the truthfiction continuum to render the characters s compelling s the Blind Watchmaker authors Go for it A long echo of the Civil War can still be heardfter the sixty years And the uthor tries to find n nswer to some uestions that have been left unanswered in the past Accidentals encounters planned meetings recollections nd musings interviews nd talks ll serve his purpose books Cannibal Sector 1: The Kingdom of Death in the World of Progress always end up taking on life of their own Chanakya: the Master of Statecraft and because person doesn t write Escape Clause (Virgil Flowers, about what he wants to writebout but what he s capable of writing bout The story is told in rather flat nd officious language of scribe nd it holds no surprises nd there is of newspaper than of literature The word revolution gets bandied Transcend about lot often without context Resistance Is Futile!: How the Trump-Hating Left Lost Its Collective Mind and usually with positive intonationss though the ct of revolt itself were somehow desirable In n Expurgo age that makes pop star of Che Guevara Javier Cercas writes soberingly of Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel a right wingnd unheroic revolutionary the largely forgotten Spanish Falangist writer Raphael Sanchez Mazas nd in doing so Right through the center of Spain runs deep scar This scar has many dimensions In terms of time it spans the most of the 20th century Crazy Wonderful andt certain points in time it cut the land that Spain consists of up into pieces But the deepest scars run in the Spanish psyche Kahuna Secrets of Psychic Power and in its individualnd collective memoryA lot of the novel Soldiers of Salamis deals with this scar At first the narrator of the book believes that this scar has nothing to do with him that it does not Words to Outlive Us affect him I thought so too I bought into theuthor Javier Cercas s subtle subterfuge I kinda believed that the character Javier Cercas is Muhammad Ali: I Am the Greatest autobiographical of theuthor Javier Cercas nd let s face it since there really was pro fascist conservative Spanish poet called Rafael Sanchez Mazas I started to believe that the whole novel was s the character Javier Cercas claims true storyand in Stitches: A Memoir a certain sense symbolic sense it is The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and Rise and Decline of Black Politics a true storyI want to maken embarrassing confession About 4 months go I knew pretty much nothing bout the Spanish Civil War I had Yearning for the Impossible: The Surprising Truths of Mathematics always wanted to readbout it but nothing ever gave me that little push I started reading bout it month or two go nd the you read bout it the you want to read bout it but well here s the pinch It s hugely complex You could read Her Beastly Stepbrother a bunch of Francoist propagandand believe that the Republicans had been pure evil Battleground Iraq and indeed it is true that sometrocities had been committed Flames of the Dark Crystal (Jim Hensons The Dark Crystal, against the RC church by Republicans but the situation isn t uites black nd white s that The church in Spain had lways backed the rich landowners instead of standing up for the poor "and later on the church lso backed the Fascists so it is not too much of "later on the church Pink Is for Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals also backed the Fascists so it is not too much of stretch that some people might have identified the church with the oppressorsnd oppressionBut before I end up writing 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 there fit in with ll 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 former Republicans The Thief Lord and built up vast propaganda scheme to exalt himself আরকানে আরবা'আ and his Fascist ideals in which the Republicans Socialistsnd Communists were lways the villains nd the FascistsNationalists were the shining splendorous heroesHe even managed to twist it into saying that the Republicans had been the rebels whilst they had Highball Rush actually been the legitimate democratically elected government which hend his Fascists rebelled Still Me (Me Before You, against Francolso How Not to Tuck averred that they werenti Spain The Happy Satanist: Finding Self-Empowerment and of course the fact that they were secularist didn t help their case So those of the Republicans who managed to escape being shot ended up silencednd marginalized or in exile While Franco was conducting his Cultural cleansing program hundreds 66 Galaxie and thousands of Spaniards were shot en massend 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 nd kicked into mass graves with other dissidents Their children were given to Nationalist families in some cases In his book The Spanish Holocaust Paul Preston vers that 200000 people were executed between 1936 to 1945 by the fascistsI CSS 3 Flexbox: Plongez dans les CSS modernes. am wandering bit from the book MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-536): Microsoft® .NET Framework 2.0�Application Development Foundation: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0--Application Development Foundation again here but you get the picture Franco then induced sort of national mnesia in which everyone had to conspire in hiding the ugly truth of his brutality lest they themselves became victims of it Stalin conspire in hiding the ugly truth of his brutality lest they themselves became victims of it Stalin nyway fter Franco died Spain was lucky enough to have had good King Juan Carlos named by Franco s his successor nd s we I Wish I Was Lonely / The Oh Fuck Moment all know he was spanking good chap who helped Spain Awakening to Our Awful Situation: Responding to Satan's War on Agency, Book 2 alongnd even through second right #wing coup ttempt on its teetering legs towards DemocracyWell so now Spain is democratic nd #coup ttempt on its teetering legs towards DemocracyWell so now Spain is democratic Ashes Ashes and what s the problem you Ind Javier Cercas the The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories authornd Javier Cercas the journalist The Witch’s Warning author mightsk Well the problem was that Recession Proof Graduate: How to Land the Job You Want by Doing Free Work all the roads buildingsnd national monuments in the country were named in honor of the Franco dictatorship The Cambridge Ancient History, Vol 14: Late Antiquity Empire Successors AD 425-600 and its heroes All the right wingers whose family members died in the right vs leftwing conflict could gond lay flowers on the graves of their deceased nd say prayers there or whatever else you would want to do t beloved one s graveside but ll those on the Republicans side who had been murdered by the Franco regime had simply disappeared Their bodies were lying in unmarked graves Pippa, The Cheetah, And Her Cubs and often times unmarked mass graves Those who died Falangists were heroes but those who died Republicans were revileds vermin Yes yes pretty much like the Nazi s Het Nieuwe Werken volgens Generatie Y and the Jews though in this case it was not racially based You just had to begainst Franco to be verminRight so now the Javier Cercas book starts off with him The Hoods all obsessed over some pro fascist poet who got cushy job in Franco s establishment before he drifted off to go Rise of the Carnivores and be dissolute millionaire somewhere fundamentals of judo and well you feel bit bored reading Denying the Deniers: A Soldier's Intersection with the Holocaust aboutll of this The Little Black Book of Blackmail (Owning a Dominant Bitch) and you start to skim bit The American Journal Of Anthropomorphics (Book 4) and to wonder if you want to see the book throughnd then then suddenly it starts to get interesting That is once Javier Cercas the character starts to look for Miralles And then once you had read through the last bit nd perhaps pecked way tear or swallowed lump in your throat you realize Hey The brilliance of this book is not on. ?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. Ly in the emotional rendering of the last bit which is pretty cool just on its own but you realize that lot of why people go wow bout it has to do with its cleverly constructed structureI only realized this I think when I read some interview with Javier Cercas the Zo Zuidas 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 himncient history s he saw it About s ncient nd Italian by Association as far removeds the battle of Salamis had been or was that ctually Javier Cercas the character before he wrote HIS book Soldiers of Salamis See what he did there In ny 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 new law Perhaps I should conclude with uote from Wikipedia Rich Life Poor Life about this law The Historical Memory Law principally recognizes the victims on both sides of the Spanish Civil War gives rights to the victimsnd the descendants of victims of the Civil War Bears Big Day and the subseuent dictatorship of General Francisco Francond formally condemns the Franco RegimeThe conservative Popular Party nd the Republican Left of Catalonia ERC both voted gainst passage of the law For its no vote the Popular Party This Blinding Absence of Light accused the Socialist Party government by way of the Historical Memory Law of weakening the political consensus of the transition to democracynd using the Civil War How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction asn Chicken Soup for the Alcoholic Soul: Powerful and Inspiring Personal Stories of many Men and Women Who Have Recovered. argument for political propaganda The Republican Left of Catalonia rejected the law on the basis it did not go far enough Looks like people might finally be starting to remembernd Otis Spofford, by Beverly Cleary: Teacher Guide acknowledge Mirallesnd the friends whom he had to leave behindand if you think Dopesick about it carefully you realize that Javier Cercas theuthor 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 Only Death is Real: An Illustrated History of Hellhammer and Early Celtic Frost, 1981-1985 and Wastrel below I realized that I had omitted to mention in my review the work of the Association for the Recuperation of Historical Memory ARMH in Spain Atbout the turn of the millennium some Spaniards Becoming Popular: Extra Chapters and Bonus POVs and ex Spaniards speaking from exile started to say that they wanted to find the bodies of their family members who had been victims of the Nationalists I knew from prior reading on the subject that some mass graves havelready been exhumed but when I wanted to look up on statistics due to my conversation with Wastrel I found this Wager article which by its implications tells us that the scar running through the Spanish psyche is far from being healed I find it incredibly sad that people wouldctually feel Trust Me: a romantic comedy set in Bollywood ashamed that their relatives had been Republicans Only when the Manichean construct of good Nationalists vs bad Republicans is shatterednd exposed for the phantasm that it is can All of the Lights all of Spain s children truly come to terms with their identitynd their past 45 stars Fiction that feels unlike fiction Fiction that s partially Sport Foundations for Elementary Physical Education about how it s not fiction Non fictional fictionbout writing Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts and Scrubs: 300 Natural Recipes for Luxurious Soaks about warbout endurancepersistence The Dark Side Of History about poets realizing their ideal worlds through politicalction bout heroism bout historical reconstruction from fragments s creative The Sleeper Dreamed: A Short Story act that keeps the deadlive especially the dead who live on in the words of people Untitled - A bit like you, a bit like me, a lot like us almost gone themselves Structurally interesting novelbout writer trying nd failing to write fiction Rarely Pure and Never Simple (Variant Configurations and backing into this significant story through coincidences related to journalism including interviewing Roberto Bolano who s major character in the third part of this section that made what was n OK novel in the first part The Book of Joe: The Life, Wit, and (Sometimes Accidental) Wisdom of Joe Biden about the writer s discovery of the title storynd Split between Worlds: The Dragon Punisher (Volume 3) a pretty damn good novel in the second half the title story itself essentially biographical essay on Spanish fascist poet sort of like Bolano s Nazi Literature in the Americas but ccessible nd dramatic firing suad survival pretty GREAT novel Almost The Partisan Imperative: The Dynamics of American Politics Before the Civil War a few touching moments too toward the end A novel thatlthough it doesn t feel like A Submissive Bride a conventional novel excels thanks to its old fashioned 45 degreengle narrative rc upwards upwards upwards upwards until it reaches its long sentence recapitulations in its last pages including the refrain onwards onwards onwards Ever Onwards Worth It onwards Worth it the intelligence nd honesty De flic mdium and the complex yet clear semi extravagance of the prose I wanted copy of this book long before I read Cercas Anatomy of A sucessora a Momentnd finally tracked it down in Spain Worth the wait because I totally enjoyed the readLike Anatomy of From Hegel to Nietzsche a Moment Cercas uses personal Dramatic prophecies of the Great Pyramid anecdote There is fascinating earlier post on this book by Javier Garcia in Spanish which links to Tre Grep og Sannheten a longer post of his on the booknd then to one by the Planet of the Apes author Roberto Bola o The review by Bola o is largely description of the book but because he knows Javier Cercas he reveals two important facts that The Peacemaker are relevant to understanding Soldiers of Salamis One is that the Javier Cercas whoppears in the novel is not the uthor or t Becoming Omega any rate has several characteristics thatre not those of the uthor Bola o then says tellingly that the Roberto Bola o who ppears in the novel is not him either Doors although he doesn t say why We can suppose however that the whole story of 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 nd interesting thing bout "The Review By The "review by the 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 A Change of View (Northern Lights, are fictionsnd by implication that many of the others re 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 lter ego does in the book ie tell story It is lmost Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God's Transforming Presence as if with the exception of his pointing out the two fictionss 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 way that suits his own way of telling fictional storyThe other fascination is that not only does Bola o Kits Surprise (American Girls: Kit, appear in the book but the style of the booknd the treatment of Gus (Phonics Practice Readers Series A, Set 1, Short Vowels, Book 5, Short u) 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 one echo of Bola o in Cercas s booknd I found myself thinking Your Money Counts about Bola os I read it well before I realised that in part three Bola o Hurt Me actuallyppears or Off Script at least fictional Bola o There is yet Ethics: Classical Western Texts in Feminist and Multicultural Perspectives another fascination The book isbout death death narrowly الحرب العراقية - الإيرانية 1980-1988: قراءة تحليلية مقارنة avoided but inevitably confronted later One charactervoids death An English Translation of Fa-Tsang's Commentary on the Awakening of Faith another is it is strongly hinted thegent by which he voids death The Christian Tradition: A Historical and Theological Introduction and both of theselong with the real euivalent of the other main character Bola o In Paris: 20 Women on Life in the City of Light arell now dead Cercas who should Trafic numro 1. hiver 1991 also counts Harem Capture a main character since his fictional self is the protegonist of the storyt least in parts 1 Evangelion - Plan de Complmentarit Shinji Ikari Vol.4 and 3 is of courselive But he offers us unStrapped (Strapped, a reflection on death of the way the dead in some senses staylive t least while they re remembered The Sayings of Chairman Malcolm and then ultimately when no one remembers themny longer they re truely dead Are then Cercas nd much pointedly was Bola o writing to Be Obedient (Genesis 12-24): Learning the Secret of Living by Faith avoid or postpone death In fact isn t writing novel like Soldiers of Salamis What Is In The Pit? a sort of bid for immortality bid which t least one of characters tries to make nd failsA final irony bout me reading this book is that I d forgotten I d read it some years before However t that point I had never read Branded (Branded, anything by Bola o whereas not longgo I read his 2666 It is much better to have read the fascinating Cercas book having got the contrastingly enormous one by Bola o under my belt I wonder incidentally what Cercas thinks of 266. 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؟. ,