The work analyzes the role of literature in reconstructing historical memory and in serving to attest against the collective amnesia which takes place during the transition to democracy in Spain. The recreating of a historic episode during the Civil War allows the narrator of Soldados de Salamina to remake the past and call for the recovery of historical memory. Also examined is Maurice Halbwachs’ premise-the need to maintain “an affective community” in order to arrive at a reconstruction of memories.
Marie Guiribitey teaches Spanish at Florida International University and Miami Dade College. She earned her Ph.D (2007) in Spanish with specialization in 21st century Spanish Civil War narrative. She has presented papers on Isaac Rosa, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Javier Cercas, among others. Currently she is doing research in her area of specialization.
"Soldados de Salamina (2001): Cercas en busca de un héroe con el instinto de la virtud,"
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