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El Mismo Mar De Todos Los Veranos (Compactos Anagrama) (Spanish) Paperback – 31 Dec 1990

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One of the best novels of XXth century Spanish literature! 15 Mar 2002
By Juan Martinez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This novel is definitely one of the best literature works from Spain that I have ever read. The language that Esther Tusquets uses in this masterpiece is deeply emotional and profound. Throught the use of this language she enables the reader to penetrate the mind and soul of this female narrator whose name is never spelled out in the entire novel. A painful tragedy, El mismo mar de todos los veranos explores female subjectivity in an unprecedented way by showing how women's condition is still very much limited in the real world. After love, tenderness, hope, illusion, happiness and success in the traditional roles assigned to women (mother, daughter, lover, wife) have failed, the narrator is only left with words, language, imagery, symbolism, and stories from her past. Esther Tusquets also makes a critical representation of marriage, family, heterosexuality, which in the end leave a sense of emptiness and unsatisfaction in the life of this female narrator. Showing how female subjectivity and homosexuality (particularly lesbianism in this case) can only take form and unwind in isolation and hiding from the rest of the world, El mismo mar de todos los veranos takes the reader into this interanl journey where present and past will mingle and coexist in complete isolation. What I personally love about this novel is that it shows our fragile and insignificant condition as human beings; when everything else has failed, when our dreams and illusions have never come true, when we loose the love of our life, and when nothing has ever been what we expected or even what we thought it should have been like, we are only left with a painful and regretful past which is the only thing that seems alive - as the narrator says it in the novel -, language, words, imagery, memories, and the stories that will hunt us forever.
An excellent novel of our time, El mismo mar de todos los veranos creates a deep bond between contemporary readers and makes us think about the relationship that we have with ourselves and with life itself, leaving us with a deep sense of sadness and tragedy yet to be overcome, I believe, by contemporary writers. We will forever wonder what is the name of this narrator that makes us think through her stories and realize how little is there left sometimes in our lives.
An excellent literature masterpiece.
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