Javier Cercas: On His Novel and the Nationalism of Spanish Language Fiction

Revista Ñ has an interview with Javier Cercas about his new novel Las leyes de la frontera, which returns to his themes of how a history is constructed. But as a provocateur he also notes that the literature of the Spanish world is isolated between countries. Readers in one country don’t read works from another and vica versa. But … Continue reading Javier Cercas: On His Novel and the Nationalism of Spanish Language Fiction

My Review of The Anatomy of a Moment by Javier Cercas up at Quarterly Conversation

My review of the Anatomy of a Moment by Javier Cercas is up at the Quarterly Conversation. I like this review quite a bit and I think I did justice to the book.  It seems like I spent a lifetime with it, reading it both in Spanish and in English then reading all the articles … Continue reading My Review of The Anatomy of a Moment by Javier Cercas up at Quarterly Conversation

Javier Cercas and The Anatomy of a Moment – All the Videos You Need

Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of the attempted coup in Spain. It times nicely with the publicatin in English of Javier Cerca’s book, The Anatomy of a Moment. RTVE has a page filled with clips and shows about the subject (in Spanish). Even if you don’t understand Spanish, though, you can watch the famous 30 minutes … Continue reading Javier Cercas and The Anatomy of a Moment – All the Videos You Need

Anatomy of a Moment & Javier Cercas Wrong? Francisco Laina Gives His Story of What Happened

Since I just finished a review of The Anatomy of a Moment by Javier Cercas, I am disappointed to see this the interview with Francisco Laina in El Pais today. Besides the King, and Suarez who has Alzheimer’s, he is the last surviving member of the Spanish government from the night of the coup on 2/23/1981. His … Continue reading Anatomy of a Moment & Javier Cercas Wrong? Francisco Laina Gives His Story of What Happened

Javier Cercas Interview Video at El Pais (Spanish Only)

El Pais has an interview with Javier Cercas where he talks about what he thinks the novel is, does originality exist. He also spends about half of the interview talking about An Anatomy of a Moment and what his fascination was with the subject. For him, to explore how history informs the present is one of he most interesting … Continue reading Javier Cercas Interview Video at El Pais (Spanish Only)

Javier Cercas on Spanish Politics and Catalan Nationalism

I don’t usually cover political subjects on this blog because there are more than enough blogs that do have that covered, even Spanish politics in English. However, with the coming publication of an Anatomy of an Instant in English in February, the following editorial that appeared in El Pais this weekend is a good way to … Continue reading Javier Cercas on Spanish Politics and Catalan Nationalism

Anatomy of a Moment (Anatomia de un instante) by Javier Cercas – A Brief Review

I just finished reading Anatomy of a Moment (Anatomia de un instante) by Javier Cercas and I was impressed. I can’t say much yet since I’m writing a review for The Quarterly Conversation, but aside from the story, his approach has a few interesting questions about how we perceive history and what makes a novel a novel. Cercas … Continue reading Anatomy of a Moment (Anatomia de un instante) by Javier Cercas – A Brief Review

Some Spanish Language Authors You May Not Know and Are in English Including Javier Cercas

Jessica Crispin at PBS had a brief list of Spanish language authors (from the translator Anne McLean) you might have heard about, but should look into. It is a brief list but definitely worth looking at. One I’m looking at is Anatomy of a Moment by Javier Cercas. It was a huge hit in Spain … Continue reading Some Spanish Language Authors You May Not Know and Are in English Including Javier Cercas

Spanish Author Javier Cercas at the PEN World Voices Festival

Javier Cercas was interviewed by Amanda Vaill at the PEN World Voices Festival. He is an important author in Spain and has a few books in English. The conversation will give you a flavor for his interests which lean towards the historical and political. His books though question narrative truth and sound interesting. In the … Continue reading Spanish Author Javier Cercas at the PEN World Voices Festival

Spanish Writers Profiled at the CBC – Cercas, Najat El Hachmi

The CBC is doing a week long series on writing in Spain and will be featuring an interview with Javier Cercas in English on the program Writers and Company. Franco’s Ghosts: The Remaking of Spain is a new five-part series starting April 17 on Writers & Company. This week, Eleanor Wachtel takes us behind the … Continue reading Spanish Writers Profiled at the CBC – Cercas, Najat El Hachmi