Soldiers of Salamis
Bloomsbury Publishing, 15 dic. 2010 - 224 páginas
In the final moments of the Spanish Civil War, fifty prominent Nationalist prisoners are executed by firing squad. Among them is the writer and fascist Rafael Sanchez Mazas. As the guns fire, he escapes into the forest, and can hear a search party and their dogs hunting him down.
The branches move and he finds himself looking into the eyes of a militiaman, and faces death for the second time that day. But the unknown soldier simply turns and walks away.
Sanchez Mazas becomes a national hero and the soldier disappears into history. As Cercas sifts the evidence to establish what happened, he realises that the true hero may not be Sanchez Mazas at all, but the soldier who chose not to shoot him. Who was he? Why did he spare him? And might he still be alive?
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LibraryThing ReviewReseña de usuario - berthirsch - LibraryThing
Cercas is now established as a writer with a unique approach. Much like the work of Truman Capote and Tom Wolfe he fictionalizes real life events and characters. In Soldiers of Salamis he relates the ... Leer reseña completa
LibraryThing ReviewReseña de usuario - Paulagraph - LibraryThing
I enjoyed this novel (true tale) but haven't much to say about it. I was particularly intrigued when Cercas or the character named Cercas meets up with the Chilean writer Roberto Bolano or the ... Leer reseña completa