In Cabo Trafalgar (2004) by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, I examine the turbulent historical fabric of the Battle of Trafalgar as a “harmful organic entity,” capable of altering the distinct circumstances of the peripheral subject. I observe how the narrative voice denotes social anxiety and loneliness on those whose meaning in the geopolitical context of that era is a mere anecdote, while presenting the emerging tensions between individual identity and collective uncertainty. I present how the actions of professional seamen and pressmen create a rectifier methodology that challenges the historical oblivion experienced by the participants in this tragic battle. Finally, I note the presence of explanatory individuality definition that mutates oblivion in honor and heroism by focusing the narration on the figures of Commander Carlos de la Rocha, Midshipman Ginés Falcó and Pressmen Nicholas Marrajo, crewmembers of the fictional ship Antilla.
Agustín Martínez-Samos is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Texas A&M International University. His major fields are 20th and 21st Century Spanish Literature and Culture.
He has participated in national and international conferences and has published articles and book chapters on a range of topics, especially in Historical Memory and Exile, Urban Space, Gender Relationships and Identity.
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"La instantánea de un desastre "histórico:" El reclamo por la justicia y la reválida de la identidad en "Cabo Trafalgar" de Arturo-Pérez Reverte,"
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