The Anatomy of a Moment: Thirty-Five Minutes in History and Imagination

The Anatomy of a Moment: Thirty-Five Minutes in History and Imagination

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By (author) Javier Cercas, Translated by Anne McLean

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 403 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 28mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 15 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1608194914
  • ISBN 13: 9781608194919
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 244,230

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In February 1981, Spain was still emerging from Franco's shadow, holding a democratic vote for the new prime minister. On the day of the vote in Parliament, while the session was being filmed by TV cameras, a band of right-wing soldiers burst in with automatic weapons, ordering everyone to get down. Only three men defied the order. For thirty-five minutes, as the cameras rolled, they stayed in their seats. Critically adored novelist Javier Cercas originally set out to write a novel about this pivotal moment, but determined it had already gained an air of myth, or, through the annual broadcast of video clips, had at least acquired the fictional taint of reality television. Cercas turned to nonfiction, and his vivid descriptions of the archival footage frame a narrative that traverses the line between history and art, creating a daring new account of this watershed moment in modern Spanish history. "The Anatomy of a Moment" caused a sensation upon its publication in Spain, selling hundreds of thousands of copies. The story will be new to many American readers, but the book stands resolutely on its own as a compelling literary inquest of national myth, personal memory, political spectacle, and reality itself.

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Author information

Javier Cercas is the author of "Soldiers of Salamis, The Tenant & The Motive "and "The Speed of Light." He has taught at the University of Illinois and for many years was a lecturer in Spanish literature at the University of Gerona. He lives in Barcelona with his wife and son. Anne McLean is the translator of works by Carmen Martin Gaite, Julio Cortazar, Ignacio Martinez de Pison and Tomas Eloy Martinez. She has twice won the Independent Prize for Foreign Fiction: for "Soldiers of Salamis" by Javier Cercas in 2004 (which also won her the Valle Inclan Award), and for "The Armies "by Evelio Rosero in 2009.

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"El Pais" Book of the Year "- El Mundo" Nonfiction Book of the Year "- "Winner of the Terenci Moix Award for Nonfiction"One of the key works of Spanish language literature of our time" --Alberto Manguel"The best history book of the year." --Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, "Times Literary Supplement" "A masterpiece of twenty-first century European literature." --Jordi Gracia, "El Pais" "One of Spain's best younger novelists... Mr Cercas has written a persuasive, brilliant and absorbing book that has more contemporary resonance than even he might have imagined." --"Economist""" "In this remarkable work of nonfiction, Cercas obsessively reconstructs the attempted coup in Spain on February 23, 1981, in which Lieutenant Colonel Antonio Tejero and a cohort of armed Civil Guards stormed into congress, holding it hostage.... Cercas writes that he originally tried to fictionalize the event and turn it into 'a strange experimental "The Three Musketeers"'; that's exactly how the book turned out, and didn't have to fictionalize a thing." --"New Yorker""" "When the historical going gets tough, as it invariably does here, Cercas the novelist gently leaves all the facts where Cercas the essayist found them, and creates by their side a kind of simulacrum of the moment--more supple and analytically pliable, capable of showing us more even if what we're looking at is ever so slightly different from the original..." --"Nation""[A] tour de force... For those with a memory of the personages and events described, this book is definitive. ... Cercas conveys the complex levels of cronyism and the collective paranoia of post-Franco Spain as well as a study of modern European political power during the winding down of the cold war." --"Publishers Weekly," starred review"Cercas provides a creatively imagined account of an event that should be instructive to students of evolutionary democracy... [A] dense narrative, but those who stick with it will become immersed in its near-hypnotic