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Chase Madar: Javier Cercas, 8 September 2011

The Anatomy of a Moment 
by Javier Cercas, translated by Anne McLean.
Bloomsbury, 403 pp., £18.99, February 2011, 978 1 4088 0560 2
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... and it is this ‘collective novel’ as much as the failed coup itself that is the subject of Javier Cercas’s scrupulously documented and artfully constructed historical essay. The coup attempt did not come as a surprise. Nearly six years after the death of Franco, the euphoria of liberalisation had given way to social chaos, separatist violence ...

Enrique of the Silver Tongue

Christopher Tayler: A ‘Novel without Fiction’, 22 March 2018

The Impostor 
by Javier Cercas, translated by Frank Wynne.
MacLehose Press, 429 pp., £20, November 2017, 978 0 85705 650 4
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... Catalan journalists, with the makers of a documentary, Ich bin Enric Marco (2009), and then with Javier Cercas for what became The Impostor. Cercas, who narrates this ‘novel without fiction’ in his own person, or a version of his own person, had good reasons to find Marco’s story compelling. Vargas Llosa could ...

Episteme, My Arse

Christopher Tayler: Laurent Binet, 14 June 2017

The Seventh Function of Language 
by Laurent Binet, translated by Sam Taylor.
Harvill Secker, 390 pp., £16.99, May 2017, 978 1 910701 58 4
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... relations between fiction and history that puts Binet among such figures as Emmanuel Carrère, Javier Cercas and Álvaro Enrigue. And on another it’s an exercise in pure intellectual slapstick of the kind that French humourists do well, though if Binet has also read Ellis’s Glamorama (1998), a parodic conspiracy thriller about fashion models, then ...

Race, God and Family

Dan Hancox: Francoism, 1 July 2015

Franco’s Crypt: Spanish Culture and Memory since 1936 
by Jeremy Treglown.
Vintage, 336 pp., £16.99, March 2015, 978 1 78470 115 4
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... that the search for truth and dignity will be obscured by the desire for vengeance; he quotes Javier Cercas: ‘It’s easy to say “fucking bastards, fascists”’ – easy, but not helpful. But Treglown has witnessed work that avoids such traps. He visited the small town of Almedinilla, where a new museum has been built to commemorate the Civil ...

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