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Soldados De Salamina (Coleccion Literatura) [Spanish] [Paperback]

Javier Cercas
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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Tusquets Editores; 5 edition (2001)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 8483101610
  • ISBN-13: 978-8483101612
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 14 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars as advertised 13 Oct 2013
By maryh
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It came exactly when it said it would and it was as described. What more could be asked for? Thanks
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4.0 out of 5 stars Soldados de Salamina 27 Nov 2011
By lornaS
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A book that I had to read for my course which at first, I found very difficult to get into as in my opinion there can be a lot of extra words that are a bit unnecessary. However when I really got into the book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The fact that there is the lighthearted aspect of the story involving conchi makes for great relief among all the fighting/war parts!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding nonfiction novel 3 Nov 2001
By Steven Capsuto - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's easy to see why this award-winning book -- which is selling like crazy in Spain -- has gone through eleven printings in just seven months. On the surface, it's a well-researched nonfiction story about an incident in 1939, during the final days of the Spanish Civil War, and the story of one of the men who sparked that catastrophic three-year conflict. It's also the tale of the book's creation, the journalist who wrote it, and the colorful people he met while trying to unearth the story that comprises the final two-thirds of the book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Un libro obligatorio 19 July 2004
By Isabel B. de Lugo - Published on Amazon.com
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Un libro inteligentemente escrito, original y sensible : yo digo que un libro perfecto que cuenta una historia no tan perfecta. Me costo leer las ultimas paginas por las lagrimas. Llore por aquella guerra civil espanola que lamentablemente me recuerda el presente, las divisiones en Venezuela, lo absurdo y terrible que son las guerras. Un libro obligatorio por su contenido y para los amantes de la buena literatura, por su forma.
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4.0 out of 5 stars soldiers which redeemed mankind 18 Mar 2005
By Carlos Vazquez Quintana - Published on Amazon.com
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In 1937, Sánchez -Mazas a fascist writer and main ideologist of Spanish Falange was living as a refugee in the neutral embassy of Chile at Madrid, as the rebellion has caught him in the capital, ruled by the Republicans. He tempts to escape to France in a truck, but was detected in Barcelona also in the Republican side, and imprisoned. But when troops of Franco won and advanced in 1939, Sánchez- Mazas with some dozens of less important prisoners was driven into a forest to be shot before the arrival of the nationalists. Some prisoners attempted to escape. Almost none got to survive, but Sánchez -Mazas did, because although he was effectively found by a Republican soldier in a hole, it seems that man, feeling that cruel war was over and lost, and tired of killing, refused to shot him and said his mates he hadn't seen nobody. Mazas survived during some weeks hungry and suffering intense cold, aided sometimes by the inhabitants of the rural masías. Later, he joined the Franco's troops and was named a minister, mostly honorary than real.

This is the skeleton of this novel, and these facts are true, but the narration includes more. At the beginning, the author, a journalist and writer of dubious talent -truly the own Javier Cercas if you want- hears to tell this story to a son of Sánchez - Mazas, also a real figure and excellent writer, Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio. Cercas wants to know more about this strange episode, but Ferlosio, an old man something extravagant, eludes to explain more details, divagates with irony, as he has an ideology frontally opposite to his father, and refers to the soldiers of Salamina, the ancient battle when the Greeks defeated Persian fleet, as he thinks soldiers as these are capable to save mankind from disaster. The search of the identity of that mysterious, perhaps dead man that saved a prominent enemy sixty years ago is the full plot of this novel. Effectively, Sánchez- Mazas wrote a diary of these terrible days now almost lost in a library. The difficult searching of these possible soldier of Salamina has to end in France, when an eighty old year Spanish man named Miralles, ex combatant of both Spanish Civil and World War II with the Foreign Legion of general Leclerc survives in Dijon with terrible scars, now under French nationality. The author interviews that old soldier, an exceptional creation of the author and perhaps the best part of the novel, but the reader must decide if he was the man which didn't killed his enemy or not. Cercas does a reflection: "One doesn't find those things he search, but only those than life wants to give him".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why is not always the right question... 26 Sep 2003
By La Hormiga Atomica - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A gripping tale, about a historically almost insignificant incident in the last days of the Spanish civil war (a leader of the Spanish falange, an ideologically right-wing movement adopted by Franco's nationalist as their ideology, flees into the woods during a mass execution of high-level prisoners. Although a soldier finds him, he does not report him and therefore allows him to conserve his life) and, more importantly, the reasons behind why it happened.
I found the author's treatment of the story a good reflection of the topic's worth, and he skilfully extracts much from what could arguably have been covered in a newspaper article (largely by dedicating much of the book to the process by which he arrives at his reconstruction of those fateful days).
Unfortunately, I could not shake off the feeling that a better wordsmith and more detached observer might have been able to render the work of a higher standard. Written from the author's perspective in researching the events, Cercas seems intent on casting himself in the role of the blase and flawed character that one would expect from a 50s hollywood movie. I found this often reflected negatively on his ability to truly humanize the other characters in the story (some received much kinder treatment than others, for sure).
But overall, the book keeps a breezey pace and is a joy to read. I recommend to everyone, though I would underscore the author's insistence that it is a historical novel -- the line between fiction and fact can get blurry and I found myself doubting the truth of some of the author's retellings. But it did not detract from its overall quality, and it deserves a solid 4 stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars avoiding oblivion 8 May 2003
By M. Lasierra Figueras - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One of the best books I've read. The author's command over the narrtive techniques is amazing. He creates a story inside of another one; both of them could be real, historical events... or not. But it just does not matter, because the main aim of the book is to evoke emotions, and it sure does. Especially, it is a tribute to the old people who fought in the Spanish Civil War and are now living in the most absolute and unfair oblivion. I found it deeply moving, as well as the movie (by Spanish director David Trueba), and wonderfully written. In Spain it sold like crazy without any serious campaign behind it, all by itself. I higlly recomnend it.
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